Women of Business Substance

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.

• MODERN SALON’S Women of Style
• SALON TODAY’S Women of Business Substance
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CHOOSE BEAUTY: Jane Wurwand, Dermalogica Founder, Visionary

By Anne Moratto | Updated: 08/27/2013 11:11:00 AM
The founder of skincare powerhouse Dermalogica, Jane Wurwand proudly traces her beauty roots to Saturdays in a salon.
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Interview with Jane Iredale, Founder of Iredale Mineral Cosmetics

By Anne Moratto | Updated: 09/19/2012 12:05:00 PM
Jane Iredale is the president and founder of Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, a company she founded in 1994.
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Dermalogica Founder Named Business Owner of the Year

Updated: 06/14/2012 10:50:00 AM
Jane Wurwand, Founder and Owner of Dermalogica, as well as the philanthropic force behind the non-profit joinFITE, has recently been named “Business Owner/CEO of the Year” by The Los Angeles Business Journal (LABJ), as part of its annual “Women Making a Difference” awards program.
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Women of Substance: Lynelle Lynch

By Stacey Soble | Updated: 10/11/2011 6:51:00 PM
Lynelle Lynch’s foray into the professional beauty arena was by chance. In fact, after college, her passion for fashion led her to a 15 career with Saks Fifth Avenue where she served as general manager for multiple stores across Southern California. After marrying her husband, who among his 26 business owned three beauty schools, Lynch found herself suddenly taking over Bellus Academy, when the school’s manager of 30 years passed away. “That was 6 years ago and it has been a wonderful journey revolutionizing Beauty Education and now we are focused on raising the brand of the industry!” Recently, Lynch pioneered the Beauty Changes Lives program, an initiative to designed to raise awareness of how careers in the hair, beauty and wellness industry transform lives.”
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Women of Substance: Debra Penzone

By Stacey Soble | Updated: 10/08/2011 4:40:00 AM
January 2012 marks Debra Penzone’s 25th anniversary with The Charles Penzone Salons, with six locations in the Columbus, Ohio, area. She started out as an assistant and gradually worked up the company’s ladder, as a stylist, designer, director, senior director, creative director, vice president of training, senior vice president then president. In addition to continuously charting the company’s course of success, Penzone has worked tirelessly for her local community on projects such as the American Cancer Society’s Look Good…Feel Better, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women, the Komen Columbus Race for the Cure, as well as developing the Charles Penzone Mother-Daughter Spa Day for A Kid Again. In 2011, Penzone published her first book, Debbie’s Club: Discovering MyTrueBeauty for Girls to help inspire and empower girls to see their unique beauty from the inside out.
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Women of Substance: Karie Z. Bennett

By Stacey Soble | Updated: 10/08/2011 4:22:00 AM
When Karie Bennett cut her bangs on her third birthday, her family didn’t know she was taking the first step on her career path. And when the young stylist took her first styling job at Command Performance, she hadn’t yet envisioned that she’d own two (soon three) salons, capture the 2011 NAHA Salon Master of Business Award and follow another path by enrolling in the Writer’s Group at Stanford University and becoming a magazine and newspaper writer. “It all seemed to unfold depending on the choices I made,” she says. “I wasn’t afraid to take a risk or make a mistake.”
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