Mia Liguori McHugh Tracy Liguori Liguori McHugh and Tracy Liguori; Co-Presidents, Scruples Professional Salon Products; Lakeville, Minnesota
As co-presidents of creative and marketing/advertising respectfully, Mia Liguori McHugh and Tracy Liguori share with their brother Frank the leadership of a powerhouse beauty company known for its hair color line. But they share so much more—a beautiful family legacy, the story of the power of surrogacy, and the belief that they can help each other achieve their professional and personal dreams.
Do you believe a woman in the professional beauty industry can “have it all?” And, what does that mean to you?
Mia: “Yes, I think you can “have it all” as long as you are realistic as to what “all” means. The ultimate conflict most women face is the struggle of balancing home and career, and sometimes you must make tough choices. As long as the scales are balanced and you are not always selecting work over family or vice versa, it can work.”
Tracy: “I believe a woman can absolutely have it all in the professional beauty industry. Having it all to me means loving what you do, loving your life and being able to sustain a healthy balance between family, career and personal time. The professional beauty industry has been unbelievably kind to our family for generations. Our grandfather was a barber who owned his own barbershop in Manhattan. Our mother, ChessieLiguori, was a hairdresser, and our father, Frank Liguori, was a beauty supply salesman. Our parents met at a hair show and fell in love. Fast forward 52 years and my brother, sister and I are co-presidents and run a second-generation company, Scruples Professional Salon Products, Inc.—the business our father co-founded in 1983. Not only do I love what I do, but we have an incredibly strong family.”
How is being sisters a benefit to your business? When is it challenging? How do you divide leadership?
Mia: “My sister Tracy is my best friend and the best person I know. I feel fortunate to work alongside her and our brother Frank. We all love Scruples, but we love each other more. Be sure, there are days we disagree, but the arguments are never personal and once we make a decision, we all back it 100 percent.”
Tracy: “I think being sisters and having similar upbringings has offered us a benefit in business. The respect and love we have for each other far exceeds any business disagreement that could occur. When we do not see eye to eye—and it does happen—whoever has more expertise in that area makes the call. We always agree on one thing, we would never let business get in the way of family.”