“Keep the two separate. I have learned through experience as taught to me by my father to put aside work when I get home and enjoy the fruits of my labor with friends and family.You need to be whole and present, and if you take one into the other it takes away what each of them deserves. It allows you to be successful in both areas.”
What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you, and how did it change your life?
“Listen to your heart and follow your passion. Whenever you listen to your heart it changes your life, because when you do what you feel is right, it makes you happy.”
What wisdom would you share with a young woman entering a career in the professional beauty industry?
“Find a mentor. Regardless of your path in this industry, be it technical or otherwise, there is always someone who can help you through that experience. Through the years I have had the opportunity to meet and work with many leaders in our industry and who have influenced my journey. I remain in close contact with many of them and it means the world to me that I can pick up the phone and bounce ideas off them or just check in with someone who understands what I am presented with on a day-to-day basis and the responsibility that comes with being a leader and woman.”
What keeps you up at night?
“Well, as a member of the Government Affairs Committee for PBA, there are two issues in particular that keep me up at night—fragmentation within our industry, and the real threat of deregulation.
“I have worked much of my career in this industry and believe we must keep it professional and I feel very passionate about that. The beauty industry as a whole is thriving. It perhaps is not recession proof, but it is an industry that has shown consistent growth while other industries are struggling. Like any other business, our industry faces challenges from the government. However, we seek to remain regulated, structured, and to uphold the highest level of professionalism.
“Fragmentation: The professional beauty industry is comprised of several parts: schools, manufacturers, distributors, salon/spa business owners, and licensed professionals. When we fail to come together to elevate the industry we collapse or break down resulting in inconsistencies and the devaluing of the industry as a whole.
“Deregulation: The reduction or removal of government regulations over an industry. As an industry that has personal contact with the general public, we are particularly concerned with the health, safety, and sanitation risks that would result from deregulation.