Several years with Redken were followed by work with Robert Miller on launching the Antoine Du Chez Hairdressing Academy and then two “too good to pass up” proposals from L’Oreal.
“L’Oreal offered Philip the Creative Director position. My son was still young and we didn’t necessarily want to return to New York.” Until another offer was made to Mary—to be Vice President of MATRIX. “I was part of the team that transitioned the company from Cleveland to New York. It was an exciting, fun, dynamic time to be involved in rebranding a brand.”
And then came September 11. “I was in the city that day,” she says “and it reshaped what was important to me in life. I decided Matrix was too big a job to have while I was raising my son. I felt like I was missing out on his childhood.”
A return to consulting included the development of her own company, Rejuvenation Mind-Body-Spirit. Together with good friend, Ann Mincey, former Vice President of Global Communications at Redken, they created personal development retreats, Destination Rejuvenation, inspired by Mincey’s book, ‘Get Glowing’. Their next retreat will be in 2014.
Now with Farouk Systems, Wilson feels their values line up with hers. “Farouk takes a wellness approach and is so committed to helping the hairdresser by offering them clean products,” says Wilson. “When I came in there were some wonderful, dynamic people but there were a lot of holes in the team so I got on that right away. I promoted, hired and reorganized.”
Her team is expanding the BioSilk lines, working on the new CHI magazine and planning the Farouk Conference in Cancun. Through it all, she practices what she preaches in her retreats. “I must really understand, learn and accept that the only person I can change is myself and we are all responsible for our own decisions.”