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Women of Substance: Jane Wurwand

AS A TEENAGER, Jane Wurwand worked at a salon in her native United Kingdom as a ‘Saturday Girl,” an entry-level apprentice who sweeps hair trimmings and sorts and sterilizes hair-pins. She fell in love with the business, and when she discovered skin care, she discovered her destiny.

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Women of Substance: Denise Provenzano

The association credits Provenzano’s leadership as helping shape salon owner events and education available each year through America’s Beauty Show Back in Naperville, she’s shaping a strong business she eventually plans to pass down to her two sons and their families.

Women of Substance: Debra Penzone

She started out as an assistant and gradually worked up the company’s ladder, as a stylist, designer, director, senior director; creative director, vice president of training, senior vice president, then president.

Women of Substance: Patricia Owen

PATRICIA OWEN’S BEAUTY CAREER started behind the counter as an educator and make-up artist for Estee Lauder cosmetics. She later became an entrepreneur by opening FACES, as a small ladies retail boutique on Hilton Head Island, which transformed over the years into an award-winning day spa.

Women of Substance: Debra Neill Baker

VERY SOON AFTER taking her first job as an esthetician, Debra Neill Baker realized she had too much energy to be in a quiet room with one client at a time. She found herself carefully observed the relationship between the hairdresser and the client and soon made it her personal mission to help the salon and the stylist understand the power and influence they have through their clients.

Women of Substance: Paula Malloy

AT THE AGE OF 29, Paula Malloy determined she was ready for the next step in her career and boldly sold her salon.

Women of Substance: Lynelle Lynch

LYNELLE LYNCH’S FORAY into the professional beauty arena was by chance. In fact, after college, her passion for fashion led her to a 15-year career with Saks Fifth Avenue where she served as general manager for multiple stores across Southern California.

Women of Substance: Jill Kohler

IN 1993, JILL KOHLER jumped into the beauty industry as a marketing coordinator at Nexxus, but it was her next job as executive director of TSA that she credits with leading her to open her own cosmetology school. “My debt of gratitude is to the hundreds of intelligent salon and spa owners who pushed me, helped me and cajoled me to do things I never thought was possible

Women of Substance: Sara Jones

WITH A COSMETOLOGY LICENSE in hand, Sara Jones blazed a career path that’s brought her to lead Joico/ISO, one of the most dynamic manufacturers in industry.

Women of Substance: Serena Chreky

SERENA CHREKY MIGHT HAVE entered the salon industry out of necessity when her husband Andre opened his own salon and asked for her help, but she’s certainly made the most of the opportunity.