elan unlimited Webinar Series

Apr 27

Ten Things Salon Owners Can Do to Lead Their Teams Through the Coronavirus Shutdown

Thought leaders from the salon industry will give you ten ideas that salon owners can do to help their teams adjust to life in a quarantine

  • Vasken Demirjian - Panelist - Vasken Salon, Westchester NY

    Vasken is an artist who elevates the process of coloring hair to a fine art. Vasken is the creator of several hair coloring techniques including “Color Canvassing,” a process that creates a rich mosaic of hair color shades with a three-dimensional effect, and is the first American to be awarded L’Oreal’s Colour Specialist Degree – the “PhD for Hair Color.” Vasken splits his time between the Vasken Salon in Westchester, NY and as a guest artist in other salons around the world.

  • Gwen Fields - Panelist - Halcyon Salon, Washington DC

    For more than 35 years, Gwen Fields has worked at the forefront of hair artistry and restorative hair services.  In 1999, Gwen opened Halcyon Salon, located in Washington’s historic Shaw neighborhood. The salon has built a reputation for providing exceptional style, color, trichology, and hair enhancement services within a tranquil and friendly environment.  Gwen has a passion for staying on the cutting edge of new techniques and products. She is also a licensed cosmetology instructor, certified by the International Association of Trichologists, The World trichology Society, and a Sherrie Renée alternative hair designer.

  • Will Bostock - Panlist - BLue Hair Studio, Philadelphia PA

    Will Bostock has been a salon owner for 30 years and a national educator for 20.  He has specialized in rehabbing historical buildings to salons, 5 different projects to date.  His passion is in bringing creativity, art, music, and design to his salon and passing it on through education.  His salon, BLue Hair Studio, has always been a place of comfort and culture, with live jazz and a martini bar.  His staff of nearly 40 is what keeps pushing him to grow and learn.

  • Emily Ackerman - Panelist - Poise Salon, Portland OR

    Emily is owner of Poise Salon in Portland, OR.  She has been in the industry for 13 years and specializes in color and dimensional cuts. She is a licensed cosmetology instructor in Oregon and California.  Emily is also a freelance artist in California for a company called Sterlings Mobile where she has been able to travel around the country doing big commercial events, like being an on-site tour manager for a seven city tour for Rimmel London.

  • Hurst Butts - Panelist - VolumeONE Salon, Pensacola, FL

    Hurst Butts has been in the industry for over a decade.  His salon, VolumeONE, was founded in 2009 and has grown from a staff of 2 to over 30. Hurst opened a second shop in 2016, Wilfrid’s Barber and Fine Goods.  Hurst specializes in men’s and women’s hairdressing. However, his utmost passion is working with a client’s natural texture and teaching them how to utilize it to achieve their desired results. Hurst has been recognized by his peers for his lust for learning and his passion for developing people. VolumeONE Salon continues to create the magnetic culture that has made VolumeONE the success that it is.  Connect to Hurst at @hurstalexander, @volumeonesalon. @jackcotterco, or @wilfridspensacola

  • David Robertson - Facilitator - MIT Sloan School of Management

    David Robertson is on the faculty at the MIT Sloan School of Management where he teaches Innovation and Product Development.  David has written two books on innovation and has consulted to the professional beauty industry as well as many others.  Prior to MIT, David was a Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania and The LEGO Professor of Innovation at the Swiss business school IMD.  At MIT, David runs the Executive Program for General Management, MIT’s largest and highest-rated executive program

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