Judy Rambert, Vice President of Education, Pivot Point International
Lisa Rambert Kersting, Master Educator, Pivot Point International
This mother-daughter duo not only share love for the art of hairdressing, they share the passion of teaching, inspiring and mentoring the next generation of stylists at Pivot Point International. Judy Rambert has been an educator for 34 years, and in 2009, she received the L.E.O. Award for outstanding Pivot Point alumni. Lisa Rambert Kersting, Judy’s daughter, is a master educator at Pivot Point and has been a licensed cosmetologist since the age of 18. Inspired by her mother to pursue a career in cosmetology, Lisa spent eight years working in a salon and abroad before coming to Pivot Point to seek her true passion—education. She has taught at the Bloomingdale, Illinois, location of Pivot Point for the past seven years.
Do you believe a woman in the professional beauty industry can “have it all?” And, what does that mean to you?
Lisa and Judy: “Our experience of ‘having it all’ has been more like carving out time to enjoy what we have. We definitely feel the professional beauty industry has been good to both of us. We feel fortunate that as hairdressers and educators we were afforded flexible work schedules and good incomes. As hairdressers, there were years that our salon owners allowed us to adjust our hours—to attend college or spend time with our children. Due to commission-based work, our incomes did not suffer significantly. Today, Lisa teaches at night so she can be with her three children during the day. Choosing how to spend our limited time continues to require soul searching. We’ve decided that if we can look back at choices we made, and feel comfortable that we made the most informed decision at the time, then it was the right decision.”
In the pursuit of “having it all,” what sacrifices have either of you had to make, if any?
Lisa: “Being a wife and mother of three, I have chosen to work at night and be with my children during the day. This inevitably leaves me with little time for my best friend, my husband.”
Judy: “When my children were young, I worked long hours and traveled much more than I do today. I was fortunate that my mother lived with us, and my husband was a hands-on dad. I was always home for the big things, but for a long time I was very sad about missing out on the small things. So I started to involve my children—I used my son as a model for children’s haircutting and I brought my daughter on a few business trips so she could see what I was doing. That helped.”