31 January 2023

Wella Company focuses on Female Entrepreneurship

Wella Company, a global beauty leader, hosted an inspiring discussion that focused on the anecdotes and wisdom born of the unique journeys of several of the company’s brand founders.

Wella Company hosted a forum featuring several of the company’s brand founders. The panel discussion took place at the firm’s Calabasas Office and Studio. Stephanie Mehta, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Content Officer of Mansueto Ventures (a parent company of Fast Company and Inc.) facilitated the panel of the beauty company’s iconic female entrepreneurs.

Sharing their wisdom and perspectives were such figures as Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, co-founder of the leading nail brand OPI. Nancy Twine, creator of the clean beauty brand Briogeo, the newest addition to the Wella Company family of brands also participated. Wella Company CEO, Annie Young-Scrivner was also present to share her experiences with those present.


Patricia Nikole, Wella Hair Global Ambassador, @paintedhair – leading influencer and salon owner with Annie Young-Scrivner, CEO Wella Company

The Wella Company live event covered a variety of topics. Obviously enabling women leaders to succeed, challenges unique to female entrepreneurs and learning from setbacks was on the agenda. Building a high-performing company culture, and motivating teams with purpose was also mentioned. Each participant presented their own unique vision of their careers.

Makeup Artist Joel Sebastian; Makeup Artist Eric Allen; Wella Professionals Top Artist Chris Rosario; Annie Young-Scrivner, CEO Wella Company;
Wella Professionals Top Artist Dean Roybal

Nearly 200 business leaders, beauty influencers, business and beauty media, and up-and-coming female executives attended this extraordinary forum. The goal was to learn about developing women leaders.

Focusing on Female Entrepreneurship

Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, co-founder of the leading nail brand OPI; Stephanie Mehta, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Content Officer of Mansueto Ventures (parent company of Fast Company and Inc.); Annie Young-Scrivner, Wella Company CEO; Nancy Twine, creator of Briogeo

Ms. Mehta commented, “In what are still challenging times for women, it’s inspirational to hear these stories of obstacles overcome and dreams realized.

OPI Co-Founder Suzi Weiss-Fischmann advised attendees to blend imagination and discipline into their business plans. “Beauty is serious business,” she said. “What other business brings joy and delight to customers every day?” She reminded all those present: “Nails are the smallest canvas on which you can create your own art, your personal expression.

Briogeo Founder and CEO Nancy Twine started her career in finance. Ultimately she looked closer to home to create her dream: a line of all-natural, inclusive hair care products. “I was inspired by powerful women, including my mother, to create Briogeo,” she said. “I am happy to pass on some of that inspiration to other women.

Eva Graham, founder of the hair thinning innovator Nioxin, had a last-minute conflict that prevented her attendance. In advance of the event, she shared, “When I founded Nioxin, there were no solutions for fine and thinning hair like mine, so I had to create them. I want other women to understand how important it is to trust your own knowledge and instincts when you build a business.” She also shared one of her favorite thoughts. “God never gives you a dream without giving you the ability to achieve it. Never give up.

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