In October 2011, MODERN SALON Media paid tribute to successful, inspiring, leading women throughout the professional beauty industry. In MODERN SALON, we gathered insights from 30 “Women of Style”—working, salon-based hairdressers. In SALON TODAY, we interviewed 12 “Women of (Business) Substance,” a group of leaders from different aspects of the beauty biz. We also invited our sponsors to spotlight successful women from their networks.
The stories, philosophies and strategies shared were fascinating! Here, we’ve gathered all of the complete profiles and responses.
By Stacey Soble | Updated: 10/08/2011 3:44:00 AM
As a teenager, Jane Wurwand worked at a salon in her native United Kingdom as a “Saturday Girl,” an entry-level apprentice that sweeps hair trimmings and sorts through and sterilizes hair-pins. But she fell in love with the business, and when she discovered skincare, she found the career path she would blaze. Today, Wurwand’s Dermalogica line is sold in more than 80 countries and her International Dermal Institute offers curriculum in 40 global locations. In 2011, Wurwand expanded her vision beyond skincare by establishing joinFITE (Financial Independence Through Enterpreneurship) to extend microloan to women in need around the world to help them establish businesses that can provide for themselves and their families.
By Stacey Soble | Updated: 10/08/2011 3:29:00 AM
In addition to building a small salon family dynasty just outside of Chicago, Provenzano actively serves on the board of Cosmetologists Chicago for more than 10 years, currently as its secretary. The association has credits Provenzano’s leadership position as helping shape salon owner events and education available through America’s Beauty Show. Back in Naperville, she’s shaping a strong business she eventually plans to pass down to her two sons—Sam, 36, and Nick, 33— and their families.
By Stacey Soble | Updated: 10/08/2011 3:10:00 AM
Patricia Owen’s beauty career started behind the counter as an educator and makeup artist for Estee Lauder cosmetics. Later, she opened FACES as a small ladies retail boutique on Hilton Head Island, then over the years transformed into an award-winning day spa. In addition to beauty, Owen’s biggest passion is business, and over the years her involvement with her local Chamber of Commerce led to her sitting on the boards of the U.S. Small Business Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, involving her in national conversations about issues, such as taxes, access to financial regulation and health care reform. She’s even represented the small business owner in testimony before the U.S. Congress.
By Stacey Soble | Updated: 10/08/2011 2:55:00 AM
Soon after taking her first job as an esthetician, Debra Neill Baker realized she had too much energy to be in a room with one person at a time. She found herself carefully observed the relationship between the hairdresser and the client and soon made it her personal mission to help the salon and the stylist understand the power and influence they have through their clients. It’s a mission she continues today, as she helps lead Neill Corporation, the largest Aveda distributorship, the owner of SalonBiz software and the Paris Parker Salons, and the founder of Serious Business, an educational forum that draw more than 1,000 owners, managers and stylists each year.
By Stacey Soble | Updated: 10/06/2011 2:44:00 PM
At 29, Paula Malloy determined she was ready for the next step in her career and boldly sold her salon. For Malloy, the next step was Sebastian, where she worked first in sales, then as the brand’s education manager, and eventually adding the responsibility of heading the company’s research and development department. In 2003, the need to be closer to the energy of the salon and the working stylist led Malloy to her current role at JCPenney Salons. There she leads within the company’s salon division, which has 17,000 stylists, and she’s emerged as a leader within the industry as the first female president of the International Salon Spa Business Network.
By Stacey Soble | Updated: 10/06/2011 1:17:00 PM
In 1993, Jill Kohler jumped into the beauty industry as a marketing coordinator at Nexxus, but it was her next job as executive director of The Salon Association (now a branch of the PBA) that she credits with leading her to open her own cosmetology school. “My debt of gratitude is to the hundreds of intelligent salon and spa owners who pushed me, helped me and cajoled me to do things I never thought was possible. Even today, I hear so many of those owners’ voices as I am guiding and coaching students. Every single day my message to our 165+ students is ‘show up early, stay late, work harder and find a way to be a better version of yourself.’”