Born and raised: Bismarck, North Dakota
Industry Icon: Horst Rechelbacher. I learned so much from him. Hair, business, attitudes, passion, etc. He has influenced me the most.
Now reading: East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I read a lot on flights!
Your Favorite Day of the Week: Wednesday. I am always innately surprised that it is the middle of the week. Time flies when you are having fun.
Hidden talent: Master of making incredible Banana Bread! I add caramel chips, chocolate chips, different kinds of nuts, pears, etc. I am the master of Banana Bread.
Day-off pursuits: What’s a day off? Ha! Seriously, cooking big wonderful meals completely from scratch for family and friends.
Title of your autobiography: The World Is Your Oyster.
Your Mantra: There is no such thing as an absolute no, or impossible.
Linda Gillette Parodi, Co-Founder, Director of Sales and Education, for Kallista Beauty, says love of beauty was always in her heart, even as a young child in America’s heartland.
“I was born in North Dakota, which isn’t notorious for beauty, and very early on I had huge fascination with beauty and fashion. I would save up my allowance to get my hands on Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar,” says Gillette. “When I was fifteen, I knew a family that owned a Redken distributorship and they had a show in Bismark and I was a hair model. I got to see the hairdresser end of it and what they could create. After that point, I was sold on the hair industry.”
Gillette’s Midwest work ethic carried her through the next few years, as she studied at college and beauty school, concurrently, and also worked in a salon that carried Aveda. “It was my goal to sell enough Aveda products to make my car payment.” She did, and then some, eventually working in education full time with Aveda and with Aveda distributorships in the Midwest and Seattle, WA. She would spend twelve years with Aveda, being involved in many functions, from education, to corporate management, to sales.
“While I was with Aveda, I learned that you should not stray from your original message,” says Parodi. “When you do that you cause confusion and that’s not fair. Aveda said ‘We care for the world in which we live’ and everyone educated on the same message, from New York to London to Australia.”
Parodi’s next move was to Procter and Gamble (P&G) Professional, working in the US offices prior to heading to Geneva, Switzerland, where she serves as Global Education Manager at P&G’s European headquarters, teaching salon professionals on a global scale across various brands.