An accomplished realtor, sales executive and consultant, Suzanne Altobello attributes much of her success to working hard, being upfront and honest, and listening carefully to her clients’ needs. She first embarked on her studies at Endicott College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in interior design in 1973. While taking a year off from her studies to work in interior design at a small furniture store, she was exposed to the field of cosmetics, which piqued her interested. She resumed her studies at the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in art education in 1976. During her time at Hartford, Ms. Altobello worked at G. Fox & Co. and
Roxana Deleanu is a master aesthetician whose career has focused exclusively on skincare and makeup artistry for more than four decades. Born in Bucharest, Romania, Ms. Deleanu immigrated to the United States with her mother, Adriana, in 1978. The family settled in New York, where Adriana began working at Bergdorf Goodman as a facialist before opening her own luxury skincare salon. Watching her mother at work and hearing her talk about her clients and the industry sparked the young Ms. Deleanu’s own passion for aesthetics and skincare, and she knew that she would eventually follow her mother’s path into the beauty industry. Ms. Deleanu recalled feeling as if she didn’t even have to think about it; it just came naturally.
Frida Emalange-Huebner is an expert stylist, salon owner, and the founder of Zorganics Cosmetics, a line of professional-quality organic and paraben-free skin and hair care products. Her passion for beauty began at a young age, and by her teenage years, Ms. Emalange was doing her own hair and working on clients part-time. Though she attended a four-year college to study business and entrepreneurship, she soon decided to focus her attention on the beauty industry. Born in Cameroon, Ms. Emalange lived in Germany and France before moving to Washington to be near family and pursue cosmetology licensure. An NCEA-certified master esthetician in addition to being a licensed cosmetologist, Ms. Emalange opened her first salon in the Bellingham area in 2001. By
Kathy Phuong Luu is the owner and creative director of Spa Logic, a high-end, full-service salon and spa offering hair color, cuts, and styling for men and women, as well as makeup, nail, and skincare services, in a four-story historic building in downtown Washington, D.C. Born and raised in Vietnam, Ms. Luu immigrated to the United States in the early 1990s after fleeing the country to an international refugee camp in Hong Kong. Driven and detail-oriented, Ms. Luu dreamed of becoming a business owner from a young age, and immediately began coursework to become a licensed nail technician when she arrived in the United States at the age of 18. Ambitious, creative, and passionate about the beauty industry, Ms. Luu
Veronica Espinel is the chief executive officer and owner of Red Market Salon, a luxury salon offering clients a full suite of high-end hair, nail, and skincare services in one of Miami’s most exclusive shopping districts. Born in Ecuador, Ms. Espinel moved to the United States in the early 2010s to pursue her dreams of business ownership and decided to continue her education. She became a licensed skin care professional and entered the health and beauty industry as an operations manager for a local wellness center. Before becoming the owner of Red Market Salon in 2019, Ms. Espinel spent three years as the manager of an upscale spa, further developing her expertise in navigating the highly specific needs and challenges
Inspired by a professor, Dr. Fred Keller, Donna D. Torres pursued a career as a medical technologist, working with Omega Laboratories West Diagnostics between 1992 and 1994. From there, she joined Renny Hospital as a medical technologist, where she remained for almost 25 years between 1994 and 2020 before being laid off due to COVID-19. Since 2016, she has channeled her drive into building her brand with Mary Kay Cosmetics, through which she serves as a beauty consultant. In terms of career highlights, Ms. Torres recalls one patient who had a rare case of leukemia and she had the jurisdiction to get her treated immediately. A month or so later, her pathologist thanked her for saving her life. Hearing that
As a high school student, Lisa Antalik began working with her aunt and uncle in the hair styling business. When she was eventually presented with the opportunity to purchase the business, she leapt at the opportunity and became her own boss. Since 1987, Ms. Antalik has excelled as the owner of and a hair stylist with Lamberti Hair Designers in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. An expert in color, she attributes her success to a great clientele, working hard, personality and being good at her trade. Although her career has been filled with highlights, Ms. Antalik is especially proud of successfully operating her business for the last 30 years. In pursuit of her career, she became licensed as a cosmetologist and a manager.
Providing rejuvenating laser, collagen-building laser, and all anti-aging services, Lori Alessandrini has served as the owner and a licensed esthetician at Essential Aesthetics and Laser in Charlotte, North Carolina, since 2014. The medical spa is a full-service clinic specializing in non-surgical cosmetic treatments and results-oriented beauty therapy that rejuvenates appearances and boosts confidence. Using a wide range of state-of-the-art light and radio frequency technologies and treatments such as Botox®, chemical peels, and dermal fillers, the providers create personalized treatment plans for precise needs. Notably, media personality Kim Kardashian has visited Ms. Alessandrini’s spa to film an episode of the reality TV series, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” Prior to this role, Ms. Alessandrini began her career as a surgical assistant