Jane Wurwand: Dermalogica Founder & Owner

As Founder and Owner of Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute (IDI), Jane Wurwand has defied stereotype from the beginning of her 30-year career as a skin care professional. Jane is recognized worldwide as a key innovator who not only developed the industry’s #1 professional brand, but who has changed the nature of the skin care profession itself through her example and leadership.

Two core concepts guide the growth of the brand, as embodied by Jane Wurwand herself: the transcendent power of human touch, and the far-reaching effects of education. These dual qualities have not only shaped the success of Dermalogica, but have also provided a social blueprint for women’s financial success in every country and economy.  Women’s hands are truly the starting point for progress.

As a passionate advocate for mentoring and entrepreneurship, Jane writes and speaks frequently about the specific financial needs of women, especially in the developing world. Within the context of the skin care profession itself, comparatively modest licensing requirements and initial capital investments costs offer many women unusual access to financial independence. This experience is further enriched, socially, culturally and politically, by the fact that 98% of all professional skin therapists are women, and that these professionals attract a clientele which is 92% female—literally creating more female entrepreneurs than any other industry in the world.

Through her work in many areas of philanthropy, education and women’s business development, Wurwand now champions her brand, via The Dermalogica Foundation, to create and support similar opportunities for women in other professions. Jane shares the view offered by many economists that the salvaging of the world-economy in fact relies largely upon “women’s work,” and that the global future literally depends upon the ability of women, especially marginalized women, to support themselves and their children.

Jane actively participates in several organizations which serve to empower women and girls. Among these is the national non-profit 501 (c)(3), Step Up Women’s Network, a coalition of businesswomen dedicated to mentoring young women into self-determinism and professional success. The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Los Angeles chapter, named Jane “Business Woman of the Year” in 2009, and in June, 2010, Jane participated in a Keynote Panel for the group’s annual Women’s Business Conference in Washington, D.C.

Jane gave the Keynote Address for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) 2010 Regional Youth Business Plan Competition, hosted by the University of Southern California. She is a member of the Board of the Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at The Anderson School of Business Management, UCLA, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM).

Other honors include her recognition by American Spa magazine as ‘The Most Influential Industry Leader’, and in 2010 was named Beauty Industry West’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’. In 2010, Jane was invited to become a member of the C200 [Committee of 200], a non-profit organization filled with the world’s most influential female entrepreneurs and leaders dedicated to the advancement of women in business. In 2010, Jane participated in an exclusive roundtable discussion marking the 50th anniversary of The Pill, hosted by Step Up Women’s Network and Bayer HealthCare, where she was joined by other notable female panelists including Gloria Steinem and Hilary Swank. The historic event was photographed by Annie Leibovitz for a forthcoming book on the politics of sexuality.

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