Harlan Kirschner, CEO of the Kirschner Group, a global sales organization in the professional beauty industry, will receive the top honor from City of Hope and the National Professional Salon Industry when he receives the 2014 Spirit of Life Award. This honor recognizes an industry leader who has demonstrated outstanding business and altruistic achievement. City of Hope is a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.
A group of 50 beauty professionals joined Kirschner at City of Hope on Friday, January 24, 2014 where they toured the campus. Highlights throughout the day included seeing the Positive Image Center where patients of all ages learn to minimize the cosmetic side effects of illness or medical treatment with cost-free services and programs tailored to meet their needs. At lunch Robert Stone, the new President & CEO of City of Hope, spoke to the group sharing his own personal story of his uncle battling cancer and how the compassionate patient centered care makes City of Hope stand out from any other organization. The day ended with a special guest speaker, patient Hannah Komai, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a cancer of the bone, three years ago. Now 23 and in remission, she is studying to be a pediatric oncology nurse.
Kirschner currently serves as president of City of Hope’s National Professional Salon Industry Council, a position he assumed in January 2013. He is also a board of director member for the Professional Beauty Association, chairman of the Manufacturer Leadership Council and treasure for the Western Buying Conference for the last 16 years.
“We are privileged to honor Harlan Kirschner, whose extraordinary vision and innovation has transformed the beauty industry,” said Kathleen P. Talbot, City of Hope. “It is fitting that he receives The Spirit of Life Award, which recognizes an honoree’s outstanding leadership and contributions to the community and his profession.”