To put it simply, Devon Brooks changed the game. She co-founded Blo, the world’s first and largest franchise chain of Blow Dry Bars. The company now spans four countries, with 100+ locations, and has attracted collaborations with international mega-brands like Mattel, Guess, Topshop and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Since then she’s spent a decade supporting hundreds of creatives, professionals, start-ups, and founders in articulating and realizing their goals as a business coach, and now has her sights set on disrupting the personal-development landscape with her newest venture, Sphere, enhancing the experience of personal coaching.
We can’t wait to welcome Devon to the stage as our first guest speaker of the 2018/2019 Women of Whistler speaker series season for her presentation on The Conversations It Takes to Grow.
To give you a taste of what’s to come, we chatted with Devon to get some insight into her experience, and what to expect from of her talk on Thursday, September 27.
What are some of the highs and lows that’ve been a part of your journey?
Starting my first business, Blo, was one of the richest experiences of my life. I was experiencing tremendous wins at work with my co-founders - as our business had such early success. Whilst simultaneously going to through the judicial process after experiencing two major traumas and processing a PTSD diagnosis. I was about 21 and it was a mosaic of highs and lows.
What is a challenge you continue to face?
One of the hardest parts of being the leader of an organization is having to make big decisions often, and sometimes with less information than you'd like. That's why questions are so important - because you have to ask the good ones.
If you could give a piece of advice to your past self when she was starting out on her entrepreneurial path, what would you say?
The best indication of how someone will behave in the future is how they are behaving now.
The subject of your talk is “The Conversations it Takes to Grow.” How has conversation been transformational for your business?
Because every time we ask questions and have questions asked of us we face a mirror. We face ourselves.
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