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Let’s be honest, building and growing a creative small biz is not for the faint of heart. It takes passion, purpose, courage and an insane commitment to make it through the highs and lows, the failures and successes. As a creative small biz coach and Chief Awesomeness Empowerer at Passion Squared, Nina L. Kovner experiences these stories every single day. Now it’s time for you to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly behind what it takes, how to persevere, the lessons learned and the wisdom gained from real humans who are in the trenches creating awesome businesses, brands and lives. To learn more about Nina and Passion Squared, visit passionsquared.net

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Let’s be honest, building and growing a creative small biz is not for the faint of heart. It takes passion, purpose, courage and an insane commitment to make it through the highs and lows, the failures and successes. As a creative small biz coach and Chief Awesomeness Empowerer at Passion Squared, Nina L. Kovner experiences these stories every single day. Now it’s time for you to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly behind what it takes, how to persevere, the lessons learned and the wisdom gained from real humans who are in the trenches creating awesome businesses, brands and lives. To learn more about Nina and Passion Squared, visit passionsquared.net

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By Radically Curly - Mar 11 2018
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Thank you Nina for creating another way to reach us. I can never get enough of Passion Squared.

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Nina has a way of delivering a message the way I need to hear it!

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I love podcasting!

By Radically Curly - Mar 11 2018
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Thank you Nina for creating another way to reach us. I can never get enough of Passion Squared.

Great!

By mindbodyhair364 - Jan 08 2018
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Nina has a way of delivering a message the way I need to hear it!
Cover image of people passion purpose podcast with host Nina L. Kovner

people passion purpose podcast with host Nina L. Kovner

Latest release on Jan 21, 2020

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Let’s be honest, building and growing a creative small biz is not for the faint of heart. It takes passion, purpose, courage and an insane commitment to make it through the highs and lows, the failures and successes. As a creative small biz coach and Chief Awesomeness Empowerer at Passion Squared, Nina L. Kovner experiences these stories every single day. Now it’s time for you to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly behind what it takes, how to persevere, the lessons learned and the wisdom gained from real humans who are in the trenches creating awesome businesses, brands and lives. To learn more about Nina and Passion Squared, visit passionsquared.net

Rank #1: Gina Bianca on Salon Ownership + Social Media + Purpose

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In this episode Nina chats with Gina Bianca, salon owner, educator, coach and beauty influencer. Gina shares her story about becoming a hairdresser and salon owner along with what inspired her to open and most recently close her first salon. Gina also shares her thoughts on social media, purpose, burnout and more. You can find Gina on the gram at @iamginabianca + @thenetworksalon Thank you Gina for sharing your story with us. We love you!

Jun 20 2019

40mins

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Rank #2: Ash Fortis on Early Career Lessons + Social Media + Creative Courage

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Ash Fortis shares her journey from beauty school to ownership, how she navigates the sometimes not too pretty part of social media and how she has managed to stay true to her creativity as an artist. This episode has a little appearance by Courage Jude towards the end, lol!

Jan 14 2018

19mins

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Rank #3: Gordon Miller On Entrepreneurship + Leadership + Self-Awareness 

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In this EXTENDED and oh so honest episode with special Guest Gordon Miller, CEO of Hairbrained, Gordon talks about some of the most common challenges he has experienced with small business ownership + leaderships. The pain that sometimes comes with owning a salon, what to consider before opening, and lots of other juicy wisdom and advice.  

Feb 04 2018

46mins

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Rank #4: J Ladner on Living Out Loud + Purpose + Influencers

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In this episode we sit down with J Ladner, salon owner, educator, artist, influencer, husband and father. We talk purpose, leadership, LGBTQ rights, influencer marketing and OMG all the feels and more. You can find J on the gram @itsmrjladner and at salonjladner.com

Jan 07 2019

39mins

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Rank #5: Brenda Amaral on Leadership + Self-Awareness + Inclusivity

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In this episode Nina chats with Brenda Amaral, leader, salon owner, educator, board member of ABCH and all around awesome human being. Brenda shares her story about how she discovered her love for the pro beauty biz, why she opened a salon, how she handles team members that leave, the importance of inclusivity and integration in the salon biz, and SO much more. You can find Brenda on the gram @brendolah @gwenmirellesalon and here at Texture vs. Race on Facebook. Thank you Brenda for sharing your story with us. We love you!

Jun 27 2019

31mins

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Rank #6: Benjamin Jay on Online Marketing + Recruitment + Passion

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In this episode I sit down with my long time friend Benjamin Jay, Salon Owner, Marketer + Leader at the Hair Loft LTD in Chicago. Ben shares his wisdom about marketing, social & digital media, recruitment, retail, passion and more. You can find Ben on the gram @bnjmnjy and his salons @thehairloftltd  

Nov 21 2018

28mins

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Rank #7: Katie Tellor on Salon Ownership + Growing Assistants + Social Media

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In this episode Nina talks with Katie Tellor, salon owner, leader, educator and owner of Abstrakt Studio in Frisco Texas. Katie shares her story about finding the beauty biz, making the leap into ownership and leadership, how she grows her assistants, how social media has helped empower her biz and so much more! You can find Katie on the gram @katietellorhair @abstraktstudio

Aug 09 2019

28mins

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Rank #8: Stacey Rackham On Growth + Inclusivity + Leadership

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In this episode Nina chats with Stacey Rackham, owner of Mint Hair Crafting salon. Stacey shares her journey on becoming a salon owner, leader, why inclusivity became a brand promise at Mint, and how growth can sometimes be super uncomfortable, and we even hear the sweet story of how Stacey found her fur baby Walter! You can find Stacey (and Walter) on the socials @minhaircrafting @staceyrackhair

Apr 22 2019

26mins

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Rank #9: Aura Mae on Burnout + Self Care + Purpose

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In this episode Aura shares her journey of moving with grace through two major burnouts, on how self care has become her guiding light and how purpose her purpose to teach brings her joy.

Jan 21 2018

19mins

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Rank #10: Nina L Kovner on Courage + Being Brave + Walking The Talk

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In this episode Nina shares a recent experience she had getting stuck on a highway, alone, at night, in the mountains, in a snowstorm, and all the lessons she learned about being brave, our capacity for strength in scary situations, and the incredible kindness of strangers. Warning: this story may cause some fear and anxiety, but the lessons shared may be worth the temporary discomfort you may feel. You can find Nina on the web @passionsquared and at passionsquared.net

Feb 21 2019

30mins

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Rank #11: Erica Santos On Commitment + Growth + Career Paths

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In this episode Erica Santos of House of Cabelo Salon talks about how she handles the tough stuff of salon ownership, lesson of working with a business partner, career paths, growth, opening a second salon location + more. You can find Erica on the gram @hairbyericasantos Thank you so much for listening.

Apr 15 2018

21mins

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Rank #12: Gordon Miller On Disruption + Amazon + Retail

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In this episode Gordon Miller, CEO (Chief Engagement Officer of Hairbrained shares some thoughts on digital disruption, the rise of Amazon in beauty, it’s effects on salon retail, retail in general and what we can do about it. You can find Gordon on the gram @gordnm and Hairbrained at @hairbrained_official + hairbrained.me + hblive.me  

Aug 08 2018

58mins

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Rank #13: Kristin Rankin on Gender Free Haircuts + Safe Spaces + The Dress Code Project

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In this incredibly emotional and inspiring episode we talk with Kristin Rankin, owner of Fuss Hair Studio in Toronto + Founder of The Dress Code Project and Gender Free Haircut Club. This is a must listen to any small business that offers services traditionally defined by gender, specifically, salon owners + hairstylists. As Kristin so powerfully shares… “fluidity of our gender is the future of our society”. You can find The Dress Code Project online at dresscodeproject.com, @thedresscodeproject and learn more about Kristin’s approach to gender free services at fusshairstudio.com

Jun 19 2018

35mins

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Rank #14: Nina Kovner On Perseverance + Comparison + Social Media

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In this What’s On My Mind episode Nina shares the truth behind her current state of mind, why it’s so important to acknowledge the lows as well as the highs and how to pull through it all. She also shares a little riff on comparison, knowing your brand, finding time for social and content creation. You can find Nina on the gram @passionsquared  

Jul 15 2018

21mins

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Rank #15: Jason McDonald on Ownership + Recovery + Passion

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In this episode Jason shares his unplanned journey from stylist to owner, one thing he wish he knew before becoming an owner, the wisdom found in his recovery and what passion + purpose means to him.   

Jan 28 2018

20mins

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Rank #16: Gordon Miller On Online Learning + Digital + Inspiration

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In this episode we bring back our bestie Gordon Miller and talk online learning, education, context (yes, again!), voice, digital, social, inspiration and more. You can find Gordon at hairbrained.me, @hairbrained_official + on his personal Insta @gordnm

May 18 2018

43mins

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Rank #17: Kellyn Anderson on Brand Vision + Purpose + Leadership

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In this episode we sit down with Kellyn Anderson, Leader + Educator at Bow and Arrow Collective in Boston. We talk about Kellyn’s journey as a salon owner, developing and staying true to her purpose and brand, what leadership looks like, and the emotional journey of being a small business owner. You can find Kellyn on the gram at @kellyn.bowandarrow and @bowandarrow.collective

Aug 29 2018

22mins

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Rank #18: Danielle Green on Finding Her Voice + Purpose + Empowering Women

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In this episode we sit down with Danielle Green, activist and creator of the Radically Curly brand, whose purpose is to empower women to embrace and celebrate the hair texture they were born with. We talk purpose, brand, society’s twisted notion about how women of color should wear their hair, where the name Radically Curly came from, and more. You can find Danielle on the gram @radicallycurly and on the web at radicallycurly.com 

Aug 15 2018

33mins

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Rank #19: Shurie Saxelby on Content Creation + Millennials + Empathy

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In this episode Shurie shares her journey from photographer to studio owner, her thoughts on understanding the millennial generation + what it takes to create awesome content to build awesome engagement on Instagram. You can find Shurie on the gram @shurie 

Feb 25 2018

24mins

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Rank #20: Nina L. Kovner on Finding Your Rhythm

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In this What’s On My Mind episode, I share my thoughts on how balance is unattainable and why finding your rhythm is where I suggest you focus your energy.

Jan 14 2018

4mins

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Kristen Peckich on The Power of Social + Digital Marketing for The Holidays

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In this episode I sit down with Kristen Peckich, stylist, leader, bridal specialist and owner of Lapomponnee Salons + MEC Modern Barbering. Kristen has been a salon owner for 28 years and happens to be the same generation as my, Gen X, when the Internet did not even exist to help empower small businesses. Kristen shares her experience around discovering the power of social media, and how, after 28 years, through the use of Instagram, Facebook and Email Marketing, had record breaking Holiday sales. This is a must listen episode for all, but particularly if you are still confused as to how social + digital media can empower your small business. You can find Kristen and her salons on the gram @lapomponnee + @mecmodernbarbering If you are ready to empower your creative small business with social + digital marketing, join our social school program by visiting passionsquared.net/shop

Jan 21 2020

21mins

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Nina L. Kovner On Exposure Doesn’t Pay The Bills

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In this episode I share my experience, wisdom and context around getting paid as a speaker, educator, platform artist and influencer. After 30 years of being an educator, education director and VP of Marketing, Education and Events, I have negotiated hundreds of contracts and today help our clients at Passion Squared understand their value and worth. This is not a black and white one size fits all discussion, but it is one that needs to be clearly understood so you are empowered to advocate and negotiate for yourself. A big shout out of gratitude to all the brands who have invested in and see value in what educators, speakers, platform artists and influencers bring to the table. We see you and appreciate you. And all the gratitude and love to bestie of Passion Squared Rebecca Taylor for inspiring this episode. You can find me on the gram @passionsquared and find my new book along with all the services we offer at passionsquared.net/shop Thank you so much for listening! PS: If you listen all the way to the end you will hear a little song. This is the timer I use when I am working to help me stay focused. Oops!

Jan 16 2020

26mins

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Gordon Miller + Nina L. Kovner Decade In Review + Ramblings + Predictions

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In this extended episode Nina sits down with her bestie Gordon Miller, CEO of Hairbrained.me to talk about the decade in social, digital, the beauty industry, highlights, proud moments along with some predictions of where they see the future of social, digital and more. Buckle up loves, this is a long yet loaded with so much wisdom episode. You can find Gordon on the gram @gordnm @hairbrained_official and Nina @passionsquared Thank you Gordon for being our special guest and to all of our listeners who have been with us the last two years. We are so grateful for you. Happy New Year!

Dec 30 2019

1hr 27mins

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Nina L. Kovner On Holidays + Boundaries + Britney Spears

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In this episode Nina shares her experience around navigating the holidays when you struggle to find joy in them, a little but super important rant on Britney memes and mental health, along with reading a few pages from her NEW My AwesomeAF Boundary Book that touches on clients demanding to be squeezed in and talking politics with family. You can get your copy of My AwesomeAF Boundary Book in the Passion Squared Shop here and find Nina on the gram @passionsquared

Dec 24 2019

24mins

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Andi Scarbrough on Energy + Serving Beyond The Service

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In this we chat with Andi Scarbrough, a salon owner, educator, reiki master and founder of Crown Works. We talk the meaning and power of 11:11 (we recorded this episode on 11/11 OMG!), how energy impacts how you show up for yourself, your clients, your team, and so much more deep and profound wisdom. You just gotta listen. Thank you Andi for sharing your spirit and wisdom with us. You can find Andi on the gram @crown_works and at crownworks.net

Nov 14 2019

36mins

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Nina L Kovner On Instagram Hiding Likes + The Purpose of Social Media

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In this episode Nina shares some thoughts around the ongoing test of Instagram hiding likes and the test coming to the US. In addition, Nina helps provide some perspective around the purpose of social media and getting back to what really matters, relationships, solving problems, adding value, listening and more. You can find Nina on the gram @passionsquared and at passionsquared.net. Thank you so much for listening.

Nov 09 2019

11mins

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Nina L Kovner On My Year of Daring Greatly

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In this episode I share my very personal journey of joy, courage, fear, depression and all the things this past year that brought me to this moment of immense gratitude, the day of my 53rd birthday. This is a very vulnerable and potentially triggering episode for those who deal with depression, eating disorders and suicidal thoughts. Because of that, please be mindful of when and where you listen and also of the resources available to you in the US such as the Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255 The Trevor Project 1-866-488-7386 Trans Lifeline 877-565-8860. Thank you so much for listening and for all your love, grace, patience and support this past year. It gets better. I promise.

Oct 09 2019

48mins

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Melanie Guzzo on Brand Values + Leadership + Community

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In this episode we sit down with Melanie Guzzo of Virtue Vegan Salon and Stay Sharp Education. Melanie is a salon owner, leader, educator, vegan, and all around courageous bad ass. Melanie shares her journey as an artist, how she found clarity around the Virtue Vegan Salon brand values, healthy boundary setting, moving from behind the chair to full time leader, and so much more. You can find Melanie on the gram @melanieguzzo @virtuevegansalon @staysharpnation Thank you Melanie for sharing your story with us. We love you!

Oct 04 2019

32mins

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Tracy Ftacek on Building A Brand + Culture + Communication

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In this episode we sit down with Tracy Ftacek, salon owner, educator, leader and creator of the on demand beauty brand Pretty Convenient. Tracy shares her journey into salon ownership, why culture + communication has become her foundation for success, advice for new owners and so much more. You can find Tracy on the gram @prettyconvenientapp @tracyftacek Thank you Tracy for sharing your story with us. We love you!

Sep 06 2019

22mins

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Celeste Gonzalez on Advanced Education + Persistence + Finding Her Rhythm

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In this episode Nina talks with Celeste Gonzalez, hair + make up artist, salon owner, educator and mama! Celeste’s story is a must listen as she shares her wisdom around being a newer stylist in the pro beauty biz and how her passion for advanced education has propelled her success in just two short years along with how she navigates finding her rhythm and staying out of the comparison game on social media. Thank you Celeste for sharing your story with us. We love you! You can find Celeste on the gram @celestethestylist

Aug 27 2019

22mins

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Nina L Kovner On Client Shaming On The Socials

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In this episode Nina shares her thoughts on putting clients on blast on social media and the not so awesome impact it can have on your business and brand, along with sharing a blog she wrote back in 2015 on the topic. A big shout out of gratitude to @erin.mills on the gram for inspiring this episode. You can find Nina and Passion Squared on the gram @passionsquared Thank you so much for listening. 

Aug 15 2019

10mins

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Katie Tellor on Salon Ownership + Growing Assistants + Social Media

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In this episode Nina talks with Katie Tellor, salon owner, leader, educator and owner of Abstrakt Studio in Frisco Texas. Katie shares her story about finding the beauty biz, making the leap into ownership and leadership, how she grows her assistants, how social media has helped empower her biz and so much more! You can find Katie on the gram @katietellorhair @abstraktstudio

Aug 09 2019

28mins

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Nina L Kovner On Reading Online Reviews + Gratitude

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In this episode Nina takes it all the way back to the beginning of the podcast and reads the reviews our awesome listeners have shared along with the wisdom, power and intel that comes when you take the time to dig deep into the experiences your clients are sharing online. This is a must listen episode for all creative small biz folks, in particular, if you are one that fears review sites. You can find Nina on the gram sharing on behalf of her company @passionsquared Thank you so much for listening!

Aug 02 2019

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Brenda Amaral on Leadership + Self-Awareness + Inclusivity

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In this episode Nina chats with Brenda Amaral, leader, salon owner, educator, board member of ABCH and all around awesome human being. Brenda shares her story about how she discovered her love for the pro beauty biz, why she opened a salon, how she handles team members that leave, the importance of inclusivity and integration in the salon biz, and SO much more. You can find Brenda on the gram @brendolah @gwenmirellesalon and here at Texture vs. Race on Facebook. Thank you Brenda for sharing your story with us. We love you!

Jun 27 2019

31mins

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Gina Bianca on Salon Ownership + Social Media + Purpose

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In this episode Nina chats with Gina Bianca, salon owner, educator, coach and beauty influencer. Gina shares her story about becoming a hairdresser and salon owner along with what inspired her to open and most recently close her first salon. Gina also shares her thoughts on social media, purpose, burnout and more. You can find Gina on the gram at @iamginabianca + @thenetworksalon Thank you Gina for sharing your story with us. We love you!

Jun 20 2019

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Lisa Walker On Self Awareness + Priorities + Social Media

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In this episode Nina chats with Lisa Walker, colorist, educator, mama and founder of Balayage Boot Camp + Hairbangers Academy. Lisa shares her inspiring story of how she went from being an excuse maker to taking responsibility for her career, and in doing so, discovered her gift for empowering hair colorists through her honest, tough love style of education and how she finds her rhythm as a working colorist, educator, biz owner, wife and mama. You can find Lisa on the gram @lisalovesbalayage and online at balayagebc.com

May 11 2019

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Stacey Rackham On Growth + Inclusivity + Leadership

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In this episode Nina chats with Stacey Rackham, owner of Mint Hair Crafting salon. Stacey shares her journey on becoming a salon owner, leader, why inclusivity became a brand promise at Mint, and how growth can sometimes be super uncomfortable, and we even hear the sweet story of how Stacey found her fur baby Walter! You can find Stacey (and Walter) on the socials @minhaircrafting @staceyrackhair

Apr 22 2019

26mins

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Riawna Capri + Nikki Lee on Leadership + Communication + Respect

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In this episode Nina sits down with the leaders and co-owners of Nine Zero One Salon, Academy, Beauty Coach TV, In Common Beauty and BeYOUtiful Foundation. Riawna + Nikki share their story of the early days of being salon owners, the lessons they learned, how they have remained awesome business partners and friends, along with why communication and respect have become the foundation for the brands they have created. This is a must listen for anyone thinking about becoming a small business owner and leader. You can learn more about these humans, their brands and causes on the socials at @riawna @nikkilee901 @ninezeroone @beautycoach_com @incommon @beyoutiful_foundation

Apr 12 2019

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Alicia The Alchemist on Leadership + Judgement + Finding Her Rhythm

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In this episode Nina sits down with @alicia.the.alchemist owner of two salons, educator, new mama and super awesome human! Alicia shares her story of finding the beauty biz, lessons on leadership, delegation, releasing judgement and how she finds her rhythm. You can find Alicia on the gram @alicia.the.alchemist Thank you Alicia for sharing your inspirational story with us!

Mar 30 2019

23mins

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Caron On Finding her Passion + Lessons from the Military + Mental Health Advocacy

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In this episode Nina sits down with Caron, an Army and Navy veteran, hairdresser, makeup artist, small biz owner and mental health advocate. Caron shares her story about discovery the beauty biz as a child, entrepreneurial lessons learned in her military training, and the importance of erasing the stigma of mental health and wellness. You can find Caron on the gram @caronsim and @yesdaaahling and on the web at caronism.com Thank you Caron for sharing your story with us and thank you for your service!

Mar 21 2019

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I love podcasting!

By Radically Curly - Mar 11 2018
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Thank you Nina for creating another way to reach us. I can never get enough of Passion Squared.

Great!

By mindbodyhair364 - Jan 08 2018
Read more
Nina has a way of delivering a message the way I need to hear it!