In today's business world women, especially women in wellness, are continuing to break glass ceilings and set new standards for generations to come. These five individuals have capitalized on their passion and ambitions to create empires.

Jacqueline Chariff, Founder & CEO of CosmeticPerks

Jacqueline Dascal Chariff: Co-Founder & CEO, CosmeticPerks

With a history of establishing new client communities, Jacqueline Dascall Chariff brings a service-oriented, customer-first approach to CosmeticPerks as the co-founder and CEO. She has previously managed a multimillion-dollar, high-growth portfolio of beauty brands and has successfully on-boarded hundreds of thousands of new clients for these companies.

CosmeticPerks provides its members with access to education and top providers, as well as curated products and the latest treatments at 20% off. Jackie spoke with the Miami Herald in 2018 after launching CosmeticPerks (then CosmeticPlans): “We wanted to provide an avenue to quality practitioners at an affordable price and ensure a top-notch experience.” Since then, the company has continued to grow rapidly and now assists over 5,000 members on their aesthetic journey.

 

Lauren Gores Ireland & Marianna Hewitt | © Photography by Haute Living Magazine

Lauren Gores Ireland & Marianna Hewitt: Co-Founders, Summer Fridays

The dynamic duo behind popular skincare brand Summer Fridays began as close friends and fellow bloggers, and have used their respective platforms and skills to grow their social-first skincare line.

The two focused on starting with one hero product and have since launched two other masks and a CC serum. Their product line is meant to complement the other items in your skincare routine instead of taking away from any of your other beloved products. The clean line is carried in retailers globally, including Sephora, Selfridges, Mecca, and Cult Beauty.

Ahead of the January 2018 launch, Hewitt shared with Women’s Wear Daily: “We wanted to focus on one product that was amazing. You can try this one thing — and we feel so confident to launch just one product — that we know people will love it and be a fan and that when the next one comes out they’ll be able to concentrate on the new one.”

 

Payal-Kadakia

Payal Kadakia | © Photography by Time.com

Payal Kadakia: Founder, ClassPass

In 2011, Payal Kadakia founded ClassPass after being dissatisfied while hunting for an open ballet class in New York City. She took on co-founder Mary Biggins in September 2012 after the company went public that year. Together the two rebranded ClassPass, formerly Classtivity. In March 2017, Kadakia now serves as the executive chairman of the company and has created a successful, forward-thinking business in an ever-changing consumer climate.

While ClassPass has expanded into more wellness-focused offerings, Kadakia explained to Forbes that she hopes to create a “life pass” for more experiences: “It's really about living an inspired life. We want to connect people to experiences that make them feel great. People come to our app to book the hours of their life.”

 

Nancy Twine | © Photography by UVA Today

Nancy Twine: Founder & CEO, Briogeo

Nancy Twine began creating beauty products at a young age with her grandmother in West Virginia. After years of working on Wall Street later in her adult life, she chose to leave her VP job to pursue her passion and go back to her roots (literally). She then founded Briogeo, a natural performance-driven haircare line, and started the company out of her NYC studio apartment.

Briogeo is now sold worldwide in multiple retailers, including Nordstrom and Sephora. Twine is also the youngest African-American ever to launch a product line at Sephora. Briogeo is currently Sephora’s fastest-growing hair care brand and reached $35 million in revenue in 2018.

In 2015, Twine shared with The Cut how she was able to transition her career from finance to haircare: “It was definitely a very steep learning curve. I started out in finance, but by year five, I realized that even though I was challenged, the passion just wasn’t there. It’s hard to think about doing anything long term if there’s no underlying passion for what you’re doing. I always liked math and business and knew one day I wanted to branch out to pursue an entrepreneurial path.”

 

Aside from being obviously inspirational, these female founders all have something else in common: they say a gap in their desired market and are aiming to fill it with their company. What women inspire you?