There are some people you meet in this world who immediately make you feel like “everything is going to be alright” and Joan is someone who immediately just makes everything better. It’s no surprise to me that she has been instrumental in growing her successful family business to 50+ employees from 10. We immediately bonded when we met probably because we both transitioned into the beauty community from a non-profit background.
Joan sits in the unique position of Chief Operating Officer (a role not often thought of as traditionally “female”) and with a complex e-commerce operation like Sleekhair.com– is called upon to put her problem solving, relationship and organizational skills to the test on a daily basis.
Joan will be sharing her insight and tips on working with family and friends at the Long Beach ISSE girl boss panel. Working with friends and family is a pretty common practice for people looking to launch and/or grow their business and comes with its own unique sets of challenges.
Joan is the Chief Operating Officer of Sleekhair.com, an online beauty destination of over 30,000 products across hair, skincare and makeup. A passionate humanitarian, Joan spent 10 years in public service in the US and in Latin America before joining her family’s business in 2011. She has a track record of working successfully in complex environments and challenging communities. Her specialties are organizational management, cross cultural leadership, intercultural communication, employee engagement and culture building. Joan is deeply dedicated to helping others find meaning and purpose in all they do which in turn motivates employees to boost productivity and the bottom line. Under Joan’s direction, Sleekhair has shown significant growth from being a small startup of 10 employees to almost 50 diverse team members working effectively towards a shared vision while wearing countless hats and having fun.
Fun Fact: Sleekhair has a collection of White and Pink Broadway vanities on display at their fun shopping showroom in Orange County, CA. They often travel with them when setting up pop-up experience shopping experiences.
How We Met: Fellow Panelist Manna Kadar invited me and Jennifer Chan to speak on a panel for her USC alumni women’s group. Joan was in the audience that night and we immediately bonded over our non-profit backgrounds. TIP: If you find a panelist particularly interesting, make sure to take a minute to meet them afterwards – tell them what resonated with you – and exchange business cards.