President Barack Obama recently named Dermalogica founder Jane Wurwand one of four new White House PAGE (Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship) ambassadors for 2016. The honor was announced in June at the Global Economic Summit in Palo Alto, California.
Established in 2014, the PAGE initiative is a collaboration between noted American entrepreneurs, the White House, the State Department and the Department of Commerce to promote entrepreneurship in the U.S. and abroad. Wurwand was chosen based on her work with Dermalogica’s FITE (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship) initiative. Since its 2011 launch, FITE has assisted more than 75,000 women and girls worldwide though education, vocational training, and access to loans and other business resources.
“It’s an incredible honor to be given this platform to support entrepreneurship in the United States and around the world,” Wurwand says. “I’ve seen first-hand how giving a woman the opportunity to follow her dreams can spark a chain reaction that not only changes her life, but the lives of the people around her. The salon industry is a blueprint for entrepreneurial success, and women own 64 percent of all salons globally, compared to 32 percent in any other business sector.”