Renee Shakour; Executive Vice President, Essential Salon Products; Westborough, Massachusetts
After earning a bachelor’s degree in business and working for a Fortune 500 company, Renee Shakour returned to her roots, working for her father Jon Shakour in the family distributorship, R.G. Shakour Inc. Still with the company, Shakour currently has full responsibility for Essential Salon Products’ branding, marketing and education. Renee also oversees the Salon Concepts stores located throughout New England. As a member of the Professional Beauty Association’s Board of Directors and Government Affairs Committee, Renee has been an active advocate on behalf of the industry and beauty professionals. She is committed to raising awareness and artistry in the industry through her involvement with the North American Hair Styling Awards.
Do you believe a woman in the professional beauty industry can “have it all”? And what does that mean to you?
“Having it ‘all’ is something truly up to us individually to define. I know it has meant different things for me at different times both in my personal and professional life and it is a very delicate balance. I also know I need to be prepared for that balance to occasionally shift, because it will.”
In the pursuit of having it all, what sacrifices have you had to make, if any?
“As someone who has grown up in the beauty industry, I have learned many ways to balance the demands of life.I have made choices that have afforded me great success in my professional life and with those choices I have sacrificed, as many people have done.
When you reach a certain place in your career, you are faced with the choice to start a family or continue to build your career. It’s not an easy choice and one that is personal for every woman in the workforce. My choice was to continue to build my career in the industry I love.”
If we were looking through a scrapbook of your life, what would be your favorite page?
“It wouldn’t be a single page, it would be a collage of people who have supported me, collaborated with me and have helped shape me into the woman I am today.”
If we were looking through a scrapbook of your life, what page would you want to rewrite?
“1985! My hair at that time was—let’s say “memorable”—but not in a good way! I mean did anyone love their hair back then?”
What’s your favorite tool or strategy for maintaining balance in your life?