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Celebrity Aesthetician Jillian Wright, owner of Jillian Wright Clinical Skin Spa in Manhattan and founder of Jillian Wright Skincare has been in the beauty industry for over 15 years. She has performed facials on Tea Leoni, Kristen Wiig, Alicia Silverstone, Ivana Trump, Kim Kardashian, Virginia Madsen, Jill Hennessy and Elijah Wood.
As a spa owner, she is always looking for new and notable beauty products to offer her customers.
As a creator of a skincare line, she felt a need to bring qualified buyers and retailers and those who are obsessed with Indie beauty brands for an exclusive, curated event to learn more about what makes Indie beauty special. Indie brands need their own platform to be showcased. Thus, the Indie Beauty Expo was born.
As an entrepreneur and management consultant, Nader has honed his expertise in creating and implementing business strategies, process improvement and business development solutions.
Prior to starting Vesture, he was a founding member of the management consulting company Campbell Alliance, which he helped build from the ground up, first serving as the company’s Head of Brand Management Practice, then as COO, and finally, CEO. During his 15-year tenure at Campbell Alliance, Nader owned the development of multiple service offerings, including product launch, product licensing, portfolio management and infrastructure development. He was also responsible for establishing and growing Campbell’s presence among bluechip accounts, building and expanding the company’s footprint internationally, and acquiring and launching new subsidiaries.
During his tenure at Campbell, the company grew from a firm of two people to an organization of over three hundred professional cross fourteen locations in North America, Europe, and Asia. Campbell Alliance was purchased by inVentiv Health in 2011.
Wendi is the President and innovator of Pour le Monde, the first luxury perfume company that conflates the passionate world of philanthropy with the growing demand for all natural elements.
When Wendi, a former magazine publisher and die hard fragrance addict, was pregnant she was advised to stop wearing chemical laden perfumes. Pour le Monde’s eau de parfums are the first in the prestige fragrance sector to be certified 100% natural. Each scent in the collection gives back up to 10% to a correlating charity and is vegan and animal cruelty free.
Prior to launching Pour le Monde brand, Wendi started her career at Revlon in the Fashion and Design group. From there, she shifted to the magazine publishing industry and worked at notable titles New York and Vanity Fair, then quickly rose to Executive Director at InStyle; Associate Publisher, ELLE; Publisher, Child; and Publisher of Fitness. She also was VP of Sales & Marketing for Kaboose, then the largest independent family focused online media company in North America (now owned by Disney).Wendi, her young son and husband live in Manhattan.
Shen founder, Jessica Richards is renowned in the beauty and fashion industry for her ability to find unique and luxurious niche brands including Amanda Lacey, Kate Logan, Percy & Reed, Aurelia, Ilia, Georgia Louise, Pursoma, Therapie Roques Oneil, and Suman to the American market. Formally at Vogue, has been featured in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Interview, Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, The Huffington Post and Goop and currently serves as the Brand Strategist and Beauty Buyer for LuckyShops.com , as a Brand Advisor to ShopHQ/eVine and as a columnist to Yahoo Travel.
Longtime spa pro Jeannie Jarnot is on a mission to help people make healthy skin care the rule and not the exception, just as she’s been doing throughout her 15 year career in luxury hotel and resort spas. As a working mother and spa and beauty expert, she understands the importance of using healthy ingredients in self care products as well as the time it can take to seek them out.
Jeannie believes that the quality of what we use on our body contributes to our overall health and wellbeing. She understands that the best products revive us by uniting nature, science, technology and passion. Her knowledge comes from years of screening products for the spas she managed as she sought out what she calls Hero Products; the ones that define a brand and that deliver consistent results. Always careful to sort through ingredient information, Jeannie only chose products with safe high performance formulations. Her experience led her to believe that we feel our best when we use products that are free of harmful, Villain ingredients and deliver on their mission. Her motto is Use less. Love more.
Jeannie founded Spa Heroes in 2013 and is dedicated to improving and simplifying the way we discover and purchase our skin care products. Her love of nature was born in her native Honolulu, Hawaii. She now resides in Northern California with her husband and young son.
Marie Watkinson, LMT is the founder of Spa Chicks On The Go ® – the mobile spa event marketing company based in New York City. She is a celebrity massage therapist and spa expert with 25 years of experience in the beauty, spa and wellness industry. Since 2003, she has been known as the industry’s trusted beauty event expert working directly with Martha Stewart Living, Grey Advertising, Vogue Magazine, Allure Magazine, Project Runway, TV Guide, L’Oreal, NBC/30 Rock, ABC, The NFL, L’Oreal, Tweezerman, Julep Nails, QVC and many more. As a valued beauty industry expert, Marie has served on the special judging panel for the 2014 CEW Awards and the 2011 Redbook Beauty Awards. She was featured on Season 3 of The APPRENTICE as a massage event consultant for a mobile massage event “task” – in addition to Martha Stewart Radio, InStyle Magazine, Lucky Magazine, The New York Times, WWD, The Discovery Channel, Crains Business, Fox 5 News and many more
Tamara Sedmak is a renowned journalist and TV host in Switzerland and Germany. For over 15 years, she has been a host and commentator for a variety of media channels as well as events for industries ranging from food and travel, fashion, film and lifestyle, to health and medicine. Some of her most recent appearances include live commentary for the Miss Switzerland 2014 contest and the host of the 2015 international FIFA Congress in Zurich.
Licensed social worker Sarita Coren is a holistic mom of five with more than 20 years of experience in the health and wellness field. Dubbed “the godmother of green beauty” by industry insiders, she writes the clean living blog Edible Facial (soon to be the eponymous site Sarita Coren). When she’s not capturing green beauty products on her popular Instagram account, you’ll find her connecting industry tastemakers, consulting indie brands on social media and PR strategy, offering small brands her photography services, and writing about healthy living for Epoch Times, Natural News blog, GreenMedInfo, Wish Garden Herbs blog, and Hip & Healthy UK. She served on a panel of green beauty experts for KIWI Magazine’s 2015 Natural Beauty Awards. StyleCaster featured her tips and tricks to taking the perfect IG-ready beauty product shot and StyleBistro Associate Editor Kristina Rodulfo highlighted her as one of five green beauty accounts to follow on Instagram. She celebrates family time, does not dye her hair, embraces her joy lines, and loves sampling all the best in clean beauty.