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2017 Beauty Industry West Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
Andre Walker and Dianne Hudson
Of Andre Walker Hair
Crowne Plaza Hotel LAX, 5985 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles 90045
Time: 11:30 AM Registration & Networking
12 Noon- Luncheon & Award Presentations
Andre Walker has always been involved with hair in one way or another. As a youngster, he constantly styled his mother's and sisters' hair, knowing all along it was how he would eventually make his living. After graduating from the Pivot Point Academy, Andre opened his own Salon in downtown Chicago, quickly becoming known among Chicago's fashionable elite for his hair styling expertise. In 1986, Andre noticed that a new talk show host in town could use some "hair help" so he sent a note with flowers to Oprah Winfrey, and the rest is history. Oprah called Andre to style her hair for one day, then she called again…and again. So for twenty-five years, Andre was the only stylist for Oprah, who called him "The Best." Andre's sure hands created numerous looks for television, her personal appearances and for every cover of Oprah's monthly O Magazine. Andre's work has also appeared in numerous fashion magazines and he had the honor of styling Michelle Obama. He is also credited with creating Halle Berry's signature short pixie haircut.
Dianne Hudson co-founded Andre Walker Hair LLC with her long-time friend Andre Walker. While working together at Harpo Studios for 20 years (Hudson was Producer and then Executive Producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Walker was Oprah's personal stylist), the two loved to talk hair. Dianne retired after winning 9 Emmy Awards, launching Oprah's Book Club and Oprah's Angel Network, and overseeing the building of The Oprah Winfrey leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. Hudson immediately started making plans with Walker to create a line of superior products for all hair types. The line was introduced in 2010 on the final "Oprah's Favorite Things" show where Andre invited all women to "Make Peace with Your Hair." The introduction of The Gold System and Andre Walker Hair places Hudson and Walker at the forefront in providing products of superior quality and performance that are formulated specifically for all dry, textured, kinky, curly and coarse hair types.
Andre has won seven Daytime Emmy Awards for his work and also received the Thurgood Marshall Fashion Icon Award and the Bronner Brothers Industry Icon Award. His book, Andre Talks Hair, published by Simon and Schuster, introduced the now classic and trademarked Andre Walker Hair Typing System ™.
The Co-Founders will share some of the challenges and choices they made when creating their line, their distribution methods and talk about the rapidly expanding hair care market.
- Members - $45.00 (USD)- Up to 2 guests may be registered at the time of member registration.
- Non BIW-Members - $65.00 (USD)
RESERVATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED by
Thursday, May 4th At Noon,
After which a $15 LATE REGISTRATION FEE will apply.
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Appetizer: Watercress Beet Salad with Bibb Lettuce, Mixed Greens and Caramelized Onions with Champagne Vinaigrette
MENU Entrées –Choose One:
Beef Tri Tip with Mushroom Gravy, served Mashed Potatoes & Seasonal Fresh Peas and Carrots
Crusted Mahi Mahi with Tarragon and Shallots served with Jasmine Rice, Grilled Asparagus and Lemon Vin Blanc
Seasonal Grilled Vegetables served over Angel Hair Pasta with a side of light Tomato Sauce
Self-Parking: $4 Fee - Crowne Plaza Parking Garage (Need Credit Card for payment)
Valet: $12 Fee
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