Dermalogica recently welcomed U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to its headquarters in Carson, CA. Secretary Pritzker, whose cabinet position focuses on providing American businesses and entrepreneurs with the tools they need to grow and thrive, met with Jane Wurwand, cofounder and chief visionary of Dermalogica, to learn about the company’s new FITE Entrepreneur Accelerator program, which is an entrepreneurship education initiative for the spa and salon industry. The program also serves as Wurwand’s signature initiative as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE), which she was appointed back in June to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs in the U.S. and abroad. “Expertise in education and skillset training have been the cornerstones of Dermalogica’s success for more than 30 years,” says Wurwand. “We are now looking to jumpstart entrepreneurship education with women in the salon industry, accelerating the potential of more than 100,000 women and girls in the U.S.”
During the meeting with Wurwand, Secretary Pritzker toured Dermalogica’s headquarters, including the corporate office, International Dermal Institute classrooms, and the 83,000 square-foot warehouse to learn how the global business is run from the company’s Southern California space. Wurwand also explained how education and vocational training have been the foundation of Dermalogica’s business model for more than 30 years and that Dermalogica’s relationships with thousands of spas and salons across the globe give the company a distinctive view into women-founded startups. Secretary Pritzker and Wurwand then met to discuss how the FITE Entrepreneur Accelerator will aim to bridge the business-skills gap that currently exists in the spa and salon industry by creating opportunities for entrepreneurship education.
Read more about Wurwand’s FITE Entrepreneur Accelerator program.