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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Women of Substance: Jill Kohler

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.’”
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Women of Substance: Serena Chreky

By Stacey Soble | Updated: 10/06/2011 1:01:00 PM
Serena Chreky might have entered the salon industry out of necessity when her husband Andre opened his own salon and asked for her help, sut she’s certainly made the most of the position. In addition to helping the salon get noticed by media, Chreky founded Salon-A-Thon, an annual 24-hour charity gala that to date has contributed $750,000 to the Children’s Hospital of Washington, D.C.; she was nominated to the board of The Salon Association, and then The Professional Beauty Association; and she established the Mid-Atlantic Salon Owners Network, a group of salon and spa owners from D.C., Maryland and Virginia who meet quarterly to discuss best business practices. And, she helped represented the U.S. in the Women Business Leaders Summit, a private outreach program supported by the U.S. State Department.
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Women of Substance: Sydney Berry

By Stacey Soble | Updated: 10/06/2011 12:22:00 PM
In her beginnings, Sydney Berry’s role as a stylist transitioned into the owner of Sydney’s Salon. After eight years, she decided to pursue a new role as a sales consultant for a distributorship. Today, she owns this distributorship—Salon Services and Supplies—with her husband, Miles Berry and George Learned. Berry has long been admired for helping her salon customers build successful businesses through Club 40 and her leadership role within the Professional Beauty Association has helped raise the professional bar within the industry.
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