Trust me when I say that if you want to go far, you will need the help, knowledge and advice of people who have been exactly where you are. The following entrepreneurs have been an irreplaceable part of my journey and I am forever grateful to know these women. Read a little of their stories for some instant inspiration. They have each taught me something different about how to succeed…
like a boss.
Leslie Embry: owner of The Blowout Co.
This history-teacher-turned-salon-owner not only provided me the job that has led to living my dream life, but she quickly became one of my very best friends. She has a supportive husband, two children of her own, three stepsons, four salons and over fifty employees. I’ll never know how she does it all. Since the day the company started in 2012, this job has paved the way for me to learn and grow as a hair stylist, along with reach some incredible goals that I used to think were too far out of reach. I’ve also gained an endless amount of business knowledge and experience as she has trusted me with every aspect of her company. Leslie and I have celebrated so many business milestones together over the past several years, and I’ve always been a sounding board when she is too stressed to even leave her house. Somehow, God makes sure everything always works out and I know she wouldn’t trade it for the world. I always tell Leslie she made all of my stars align.
Tina Adams: wardrobe consultant & founder of the Style Vault
Tina has taught me more about style and how to dress than I ever thought I needed to know. We have developed the kind of friendship you only get from a sister and I don’t think she’s ever surprised anymore when I share one of my crazy ideas with her. I get to share my beauty knowledge each month with the members of her shopping service, the Style Vault. She’s been helping women love their clothes and feel better about themselves since 2007, but none of it came easy. Tina and I quickly formed an unbreakable bond when she started getting weekly blowouts while recovering from a prophylactic double mastectomy. Numerous complications and several surgeries later, she still gets her weekly blowouts (who gives that up?!) and we now give style and beauty makeovers to women going through breast cancer through the charitable initiative we launched together in 2014 called The Pink Chapter.
Amber Hurdle: certified coach & founder of Bombshell Business Bootcamp
After meeting Amber, I quickly realized that it was a total God thing. She listened to me babble on about my business ideas and life goals, realizing that I probably needed her guidance to get it all sorted out. She has definitely had her fair share of hardships, but they have all led to her being blessed with unbelievable success. She has taken me under her wing and uses her incredible list of talents, skills and experience to keep teaching me how to become a successful entrepreneur. I haven’t stopped bugging her since the day we met because her advice is like gold! We were blessed with many of the same traits, so she gets me. I’m thankful for her passion to help female entrepreneurs (especially me!) As someone who loves giving my time to help other people, she came to me at the exact time I needed a little extra help of my own.
Karen Percy: owner of The Non Salon and founder of Kanga Co.
When I first moved to Nashville, Karen was one of the very first people to believe in me. I worked at her salon, spending my days learning from her, teaching her a thing or two, and eventually inheriting a lifelong friend. She taught me so much about the beauty industry from her 20+ years of doing hair and the experience I gained while working with her is literally priceless. She is now changing our industry by bringing an idea to life that she has been dreaming of doing since the 90’s. The Kanga Belt is her invention and her pride and joy. It has changed the way I do hair for the better. She’ll be the first one to tell you that it’s all about timing.
Becka Wigton: owner of BlueGenes Photography
This beautiful friend of mine has used her incredible talent to so perfectly capture almost every image you see on this blog. If I have an idea, she brings it to life. If I’m drawing a blank, she comes up with something. I might not be a supermodel, but she makes me feel like one. Her creative vision for photography leads to a beautiful end result and her easygoing personality makes you feel more than comfortable during the shoot. You should go ahead and hire her.
Carrie Ann Smith: owner of Made Blowdry Boutique
This sassy ginger from Louisville, KY was the first stranger to trust me with her staff and her business as I began to plan the launch of The Blowout Academy. She wasn’t a stranger for long because her love for people and her positive energy are enough to make anyone her best friend. I trained her stylists before she opened the business she spent several years planning and building. Her dedication is rare and she doesn’t easily get discouraged. I’ve realized the importance of those traits as I have watched her grow her business, spreading all kinds of positive vibes to the women of Louisville.