ERIKA WASSNER Founder of Glam+Go, a female-owned and operated salon chain that specializes in speedy blowouts and hair services for busy women.
1. Name three women that inspire you, and tell us why.
Joan Rivers: I can’t say enough about this woman. She was so brazen, outspoken, and unapologetic, which I really admire. Her fearlessness helped pave a path for so many women to follow new opportunities in her wake.
JK Rowling: I think everyone knows JK’s story of perseverance; it’s always so inspiring to remember her origin story and look to now as she’s the world’s first billionaire author. Oh, and I love the movies.
My mom: She’s really the one who taught me that if you can see and envision it, you can have it.
2. What has been the secret to your success?
Always having a sense of purpose and a sense of humor—everything else is inconsequential.
3. If you were going to pass on one piece of advice to a young woman, what would it be?
Get married early (if that’s your thing). Dating as you get older and more advanced in your career is exhausting!!
4. In the fight for equality, what area do you think needs the most attention?
We need to change our mindset of what makes a person successful, especially in the workplace. More value is placed on the person staying in the office until 9pm vs. the person who has to leave at 5pm to take care of children usually, even if the work output is generally the same. We are all important and value should really be placed on the quality of the work.
5. What are you most proud of in your career?
I’m really proud of how many jobs we’ve been able to create and that we employ 95% women. On both sides of our business, I’m really proud of how we’re creating places where people can come to be the best version of themselves, whether they work for us or are coming to get our services. On the employee side, we do everything from book clubs to professional development. By having the most well-rounded employees, we’re able to provide the best experience.
6. Where do you get your confidence?
7. What makes a woman beautiful?
By believing she is. Henry Ford once said, “If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” I think beauty is the same.
8. What gives you joy?
Nothing is better than quality time with my family and friends. And every time I see my dog after I’ve been gone for more than 60 seconds.