Karie Z. Bennett cut her own bangs on her third birthday, wrote a book when she was eight, and the rest is destined for her memoirs. 2011 marked her 30th year as a hairstylist, and she celebrated by launching a second career as a writer, and a third as a business coach and speaker. She attends The Writer’s Studio program at Stanford University, is a contributing writer for Salon Today magazine, and writes as the San Jose Small Business Examiner for examiner.com. After winning the beauty industry's most prestigious business award, the 2011 NAHA Salon Master of Business, for her Atelier Salonspa and Atelier Studio salons, she is sharing her unique journey from behind-the-chair to business ownership and with honesty and humor. A tireless champion of the entrepreneur, this workshop becomes interactive, with the listener participating and diving into their own entrepreneurial spirit for an answer to the question, "What's next?"
Karie Z. Bennett's Bio
With 30 years of salon experience and numerous industry awards, Karie's hairstyling and makeup work has been seen on the covers of local magazines, television and video. She leads the Atelier creative team at multiple fashion runway shows and photo shoots per year, and is an often-requested artist for hair and makeup for television and film projects, and is recognized as a leader in the salon industry as a hairstylist.
Now leading her company of 45 employees and growing, Karie is the recipient of the 2008 Global Salon Business Award, given to only 75 salon owners in the world, and only 7 in the United States. She has recently been awarded the most prestigious beauty industry accolade, the 2011 North American Hairstyling Association's Salon Master of Business Award(MBA).
Karie is on a mission...to improve the hair industry...one hairstylist at a time! Her Atelier™ Prote'ge' program is recognized as an educational standard to take stylists from Beauty School to 'behind the chair'. She continues to make education and inspiration a priority and her belief in listening to and educating the client at every visit has built her a loyal salon clientele, as well as helped a new generation of hair artists find their way to success. Be Inspired is her mantra, and education is her beacon. 2011 Salon Today- Women of Substance Article
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The Three Myths of business ownership
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The many paths for the entrepreneurial hairdresser-- Salon ownership and beyond
In this workshop, explore the options available to you as a beauty professional. Is it salon ownership, in-salon educator, or is superstar stylist your true calling? Do we all need to progress from 'behind-the-chair' to business owner? What's really involved?
2011 NAHA Salon MBA winner, Karie Bennett, will pull back the curtain on what salon ownership really entails. Feeling entrepreneurial? Want to make your own hours? Want to be your own boss? What really happens when you decide to step into the role of the salon owner? Explore the answers and get a better understanding of the ways in which you can make your own mark on the industry.
- Mapping out your career path
- Goal setting, is it useful?
- Flexibility and getting comfortable with change
- Taking risks, making mistakes--it's how we grow
- Why do you do what you do