When it comes to celebrating accomplishments, there’s no such thing as chance or sorcery. When we look at the industry’s up and comers and see their countless achievements and brave stories, it’s obvious that it wasn’t always convenient. Although their perseverance and growing impact have resulted in some inspiring advances, they have also successfully overcome significant personal and professional obstacles. These women are now seen as top inspiring figures and the most powerful wheel in moving the economy forward in a male-dominated industry.
Alyssa Cleland is a thriving founder of Alcequine that is built to bridge the gap between “two-leggers” and amputees. Alyssa’s influential presence has been crushing the norms of conventional standards of “beauty.” She was born with Paraxial Tibial Hemimelia, which is the reason for her prosthetic. Adopted and raised in Southern California, she has been inspiring people with her social media influence. Despite the setbacks, she is known for her optimism and determination in outgrowing the detractors in her life. Marking her prominence as a Paralympic Volleyball player to now doing Para-Dressage, she truly is what a diligent modern-day woman looks like. Leveraging the benefits of the online world to spread optimism in society and redefining the perspectives of people, Alyssa strives to build a strong brand while bringing a unique style to the world.
Mel Greenberg is a best-selling author, producer, speaker, talk show host, and cancer survivor. A proud University of Maryland alumna, she worked as a copywriter and producer. After staying at home to raise her two sons, she discovered new opportunities in old passions.
Mel’s debut novel, Running with Our Eyes Closed, explores the depth of emotion and physicality in marriage, life, and love after the nest empties. Recognizing the countless other women struggling to redefine their role during their second half of life, Mel went to work as a global advocate on the impact of pro-aging.
Mel co-founded She Is It and hosts the weekly roundtable, Life Unscripted. She is determined to open the conversation across a multitude of platforms, peeling back the layers of aging. Up next, Mel will co-host the much-anticipated interactive talk show, Uncorked… Savoring Midlife – debuting Tuesday, May 4 on Roku Amazon Fire and Facebook.
McKenzie Turley is creating waves as a founder and creator of Invisible Bead Extensions®️. Known for her success as a hairstylist and a trained hair extension artist, she started her journey to bridge the gap between the hair industry and hair extension methods that were truly comfortable, safe and discreet for the woman wearing it. After involving herself into intensive research and development, she introduced this method. Within a few short months of showing the first glimpse of her creation on Instagram, Turley captivated huge attention and adapted to build a virtual education platform to scale up. Leveraging the advancements of the digital world during the pandemic, her online education ensured that no one has to sacrifice their styles while they are in their homes. Since its creation in 2019, and during a global pandemic, her company has grown to include a worldwide network of thousands of stylists in 9 different countries who all received training through her unique virtual education platform.
Lyrian Cavazos had her fair share of knockbacks when she was building her brand. Rising despite the odds, her knack for understanding the industry stood strong above all. Founder and CEO of Heaven Bloom, an exclusive clothing brand for girls, she started her entrepreneurial journey in 2015. However, the launch was not easy for her when she discovered her youngest child was fighting cancer and at the same time, she was managing her pregnancy of her first daughter. Occupying herself during the hospital confinement with her son for 7 months, Lyrian inclined her interests in creating hair accessories and toddler clothing for welcoming her daughter which eventually grew as a business. Aligning her philanthropy with her aims, she dreams to ceaselessly grow her brand and provide support and funding to childhood cancer foundations. Today, Lyrian is one of the thriving entrepreneurs of the industry who wears her struggles like armour. With soundlessly inspiring every mother out there, she shares her candid glimpses on Instagram of adventures and happy stories.
Samantha Joy, Identity Coach and Founder of The Less Effect Method, is taking the personal development world by storm. She is the #1 bestselling author of “The Less Effect: Design Your Life for Happiness and Purpose.”
Her coaching approach supports CEOs and Founders in shifting their identity to their most authentic self by clearing out aspects of their life rooted in an old story. The result is enhanced mental clarity, an improved sense of self, and the ability to design an environment that attracts abundance and fulfilment. As a former Vice President and single mother, Samantha possesses the resilience and experience necessary to give her clients the real deal, challenging mainstream topics like mindset and imposter syndrome. She embodies her life’s purpose by demonstrating that we are simply a product of our environment and with the right tools, we can curate our surroundings to manifest all that we desire.
Davianne Beepot, L.E.
Davianne Beepot is a licensed paramedical esthetician and the CEO of Skin Revision by Davianne. She and her team restore the confidence of clients with advanced corrective skin revision treatments in a holistic manner. She feels that when we look our best, we feel our best. It’s simply magnetic and initiates an entire soul change. Many people don’t even realize there’s something they can do to revise their appearance when it comes to the things that impact their self esteem and it is Davianne’s mission to empower clients with real solutions to help them transform into the best version of themselves. Davianne is also a single mom of three boys, a brand educator, mentor, and business strategist. Davianne believes that passion and purpose are everything and we owe it to the world to pay things forward whenever given the chance.
Mashia is a single mother of two beautiful children Morgan and Mason, while motherhood is Mashia’s first love and priority she still finds time to live out her dreams and inspiration through her passion for hair.
She created the “LIFEINMYHAIR” brand to be a source of love and inspiration for women to leave beauty marks wherever they go by living a healthy life through their hair, mentally, physically, spiritually, and financially. After 15 years of being a master hairstylist, mashia decided to take an interest in creating her own hair growth oil, and beard oil as an extension to her growing hands. Behind the scenes she is focusing on other business ventures outside of doing hair to help build her legacy she aspires to live a TOP SHELF lifestyle throughout all areas of life, inspiring women to never settle and that they can be and have anything they want out of life no matter what obstacles that come along keep your eyes on your vision.
Quintasia Smith is an Independent Licensed Cosmetologist. Completed her Bachelor’s in business, now she has been thriving with her online business called “Qrsstylezz”. Known for specializing in natural hairstyling and making wigs, her products can be found online that are inspired by 100% Human Hair Bundles, Edge Control, Bonnets and Du-rags. Smith is a proud single mother and an expert beautician of a 5-year-old daughter. While she draws her inspirations from her navy veteran mother, Smith considers her mother a role model and the biggest supporter who has taught her about going into right directions, uplifting her dreams and being strongly independent. With her admiration for the beauty industry, she strives to eliminate the “beauty standards” of the industry while enhancing the beauty of people inside out. Creating waves, Smith is celebrated for her commitments towards her clients. With Qrsstylezz, she believes you can discover your “happy self”
Jeaux (Jo) is an actress who got started with Acclaim Talent in 2018. Within days of signing, she booked her first role as a lead in a SAG-AFTRA short film, The Quiet Shore. The film, which is scheduled to run alongside Oscar nominated films on Shorts TV around the world, also helped her get Best Actress at an International Film Festival in Bollywood. While the Pandemic has held her acting career back, she excels as a Senior Advisor at the United States Gold Bureau. Considering her clients needs is her number one priority in providing financial protection with a diversified precious metals portfolio. Outside of working, she’s organizing charity events, and helping businesses get off the ground.
Sue Barbour is the owner of Lazy Suzy’s, a luxury river chalet found on the Garden Route in the sought out area of South Africa. Having spent over 2 decades in various hospitality fields around the world, her last 10 years have focused on the private and commercial sector of the yachting industry as a Chief Stewardess and Purser. Cannes, Monaco, Beirut, St Barths, Antigua are just a few of the places she has experienced which in turn has influenced the style and set up of Lazy Suzy’s. Demand for high end and foreign influenced accommodation has increased during the COVID era due to overseas travel not being an option. Lazy Suzy provides all this and Sue is passionate about embracing the ever changing landscape of holiday destination travel.
Females have retained a remarkable position in both professional and personal life for decades. It doesn’t matter when or how you started; it’s all about your experiences and your efforts, and these women have shown that to be real. So, if you’re looking for some fast motivation, these stories will undoubtedly inspire you to get up and dusk yourself after dropping ten times.