Serious Business 2015: On being naked

As always at the close of Serious Business, I feel inspired, excited, and exhausted. The theme was transparency, openness, authenticity, and this year's conference was the best one yet (although I do find myself saying that every year). A number of one-liners from the general session speakers keep running through my head... From Brené  Brown:…

Notes from Cosmoprof: sales advice from one Shark and four retailers

During his opening remarks at the Professional Beauty Association keynote breakfast during Cosmoprof, a week ago today, Mark Cuban focused on sales. His remarks were short and to the point, and the two key messages I took away, and have written on postits now strategically placed in my office were: “Sales cures all ills.” “Keep…

The politics of fashion…

This past Tuesday evening, I realized something important to me. I realized that I am not the only one to whom people raise eyebrows and ask “but why would you base your business in DC.” I get asked that because I am in beauty. I realized many, many others get asked that because they are…

Last impressions from the WWD Beauty CEO Summit… and Lynn Tilton

On the plane heading back to DC from Florida, my mind is going a million miles an hour, stimulated as it was by some 40 hours spent at the WWD Beauty CEO Summit. WWD sure knew what they were doing when they scheduled Lynn Tilton, Founder and CEO of Patriarch Partners, as the closing speaker, so…

First impressions from the WWD Beauty CEO Summit

Last night was the opening night of the WWD Beauty CEO Summit, an event that takes place at the Breakers in Palm Beach every other year. For the last four years, I have wanted to go. I kept thinking "when I grow up, this is the conference I want to attend." While I am not…