As a young Korean girl born and raised in Wisconsin, Shin loved art and design.

Today, she has become one of the top hairstylists in the world. Known for her transformative work, she has styled at some of New York’s premiere salons, such as Mark Garrison, where editors, models, actors and musicians have sought out her ability to deliver image-altering results with her signature dry cutting. Shin views hair as the most important accessory one can wear, male or female.

Philip B. collaborated with her on two products in his line, Shin Shine and Shinade Pomade, and in November 2011 Shin made the move west to open her eponymous salon, SHIN, on Los Angeles’ Westside. What we love is that Shin gives free cuts to clients who want to donate their hair to causes like Locks of Love and is actively involved in her community.

Shin’s Career Advice:

Identify a directional philosophy to serve as your touchstone, have this be your guiding principle.  Let go of ego and entitlement. I’ve worked hard to identify employees that have the same core as I do, those that put an emphasis on equality and team playing, there is a rough hierarchy that is understood but no one is better than anyone else. You need to let go and accept help from others and trust others to do the job and provide them the freedom to do so. As a female business owner, people tend to think that women are a lot more emotional vs. a man in the same position, meaning men typically allow things to roll off their shoulders. One thing that I have done consciously when dealing with vendors, clients and employees, is to try and never take anything personal when it comes to business. For me, it is vital to allow people to be who they need to be.

Wake up everyday with a brief list of imperative tasks that have to be accomplished that day. Deal with bits at a time, it helps to compensate for being overwhelmed (especially for me going from artist to business owner).

Favorite Quote:
“There are no secrets to success; don’t waste time looking for them. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty to those for whom you work and persistence” –Colin Powell

NBC Universal Executives

Nicole Silveira is the President for the Los Angeles Chapter of the women’s organization Levo League, founded by Sheryl Sandberg. She makes it a point to connect two women in her life every month so that their networks can grow.

Nicole is also a seasoned television executive and serves as the Head of Development for Gurney Productions, which is most well known for series such as Duck Dynasty and Shark Week. Prior to joining Gurney, Nicole spent eight years in Alternative Programming and Development for NBC Entertainment. In addition to collaborating with producers, she managed the branding of the shows and worked with Consumer Products to develop board games, video games and various other products that generated a significant amount of revenue for NBCUniversal. Silveira began her career in television in local news at KABC and KNBC.

Nicole’s Career Advice:

Keep up relationships and never let a day go by where you don’t reach out to someone in your industry to say hello.

A big part of ” playing the game” is being liked, so make an effort to be social every day. Whether that’s being thoughtful and getting someone coffee who looks like they’re having a bad day, or just making an effort to do your rounds on a Monday morning and ask people how their weekend was, it’s important to be social and be seen as more than just someone who works hard.

Favorite Quote:
“To get anything of value, you have to sacrifice.”


Technical business analyst Phoebe Scott founded Laudville in 2011 to connect people virtually and socially with their favorite entertainment.

Considered groundbreaking for its comprehensive platform, the company has been praised by top-tier tech and entertainment press. Phoebe’s unconventional background as a corporate attorney turned creative technologist has led her to consult for some of the best brands and leaders in the industry. Phoebe is based in Los Angeles and speaks often about how social media and modern technology can be used to change the world.

Phoebe’s Career Advice:

If you’re struggling to advance in your work, its not worth your energy. Success comes from doing something that comes naturally and working hard at it every day.

Don’t try to be everything to everyone. Pick a niche. Start by doing your best to serve a specific customer in a specific place and grow from there.

Favorite Quote:
“One can appreciate & celebrate each moment — there’s nothing more sacred. There’s nothing more vast or absolute. In fact, there’s nothing more!” –Pema Chodron

Check out Part I of this series to learn about other inspiring women entrepreneurs.

Images courtesy of the respective women featured.

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