What wisdom would you share with a young woman entering a career in the professional beauty industry?
“I would say find your confidence, find your mission and be really clear about where you want to go. Stick to that plan, don’t get distracted and work your ass off. I find in business, distractions come at you all day long, but if you are 100-percent clear about who you are you cannot fail.”
What keeps you up at night?
“I really care about the nail professional and their clients. For me it’s about achieving their mission and staying true to what it’s all about in my company. That’s the only thing worthy of keeping me awake, but sometimes my subconscious talks too much to me at night!”
What makes you feel powerful?
“Success, winning, achievement, leading. When you can lead a team and be successful in it, that’s power. Feeling powerful means doing the right thing with integrity because I know I’m doing good thing. Power without integrity is weak. Good leadership represents an alignment of philosophy between you and your team.”
What’s the best thing anyone’s ever told you about yourself?
“That I’m really a nice person. It’s so funny, I meet nail professionals all over the world and they say, ‘Oh, well you’re really nice.’ Of course! You can’t do what we do in our industry and not be nice. Some people think to lead and be powerful you can’t be nice. It’s exciting when they realize you’re likable.”
What do you hope to achieve in the next five years?
“My dream is to really take the CND philosophy and name to the moon! With our new innovation Shellac, it’s really a service that women globally, who would never think of wearing a nail design now can. My dream is to delight women everywhere with Shellac and let them be detailed down to their fingers and toes without worrying about it. From a salon service point of view, there are niches that speak to masses, but I’ve never seen anything like Shellac. It really does set you free. The power is in your hands. When you’ve got your nails perfectly high shined and intricately appointed, it gives you confidence and makes you happy. I look forward in the next five years to let the majority experience that thrill.”