February 17, 2017 // Franchising.com // Minneapolis, Minn. - Great Clips CEO Rhoda Olsen accepted the Bonny LeVine award on Jan. 31, 2017, at the International Franchise Association's 57th Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Bonny LeVine award is given to a female franchisor or franchisee who is a role model and mentor for women through her business and professional accomplishments.
“We are pleased to honor Rhoda Olsen with this highly-esteemed award,” said IFA Chairman Aziz Hashim, founder and managing partner at NRD Capital. “Olsen is a passionate industry executive, known for her strategic thinking and commitment to positively affecting the lives of those around her.”
Before the award was presented, the IFA shared a brief video of Rhoda expressing how she felt when she got the call. She shared what has motivated her throughout her career and her extreme gratitude for the broader Great Clips community who made this honor possible.
A seasoned business leader, Olsen began consulting with Great Clips, Inc. in 1984. She joined the corporate team as an executive and owner in 1987. Olsen was named president in 1998 and transitioned to CEO in 2011. As president and CEO, Olsen has grown Great Clips from 1,000 salons in 1998 to more than 4,000 salons across the United States and Canada in 2016.
"Rhoda has been an incredible leader of Great Clips for 30 years, collaborating with franchisees, driving growth, and helping advance the careers of women at all levels. She lives the Great Clips values, elevating her role in leading a top franchise system empowering everyone involved to achieve great success," said current Great Clips President Steve Hockett.
Olsen initiated a Women’s Executive Leadership Forum for the female executives of Great Clips, Inc., which led to additional leadership development programs within the company to increase the reach of women mentoring women. Olsen is also committed to the development of the female franchisees. She participates in and supports the women’s franchise group Women in a Nurturing Environment (WINE) and has personally mentored dozens of women who started out in the company as stylists on their path to becoming franchisees.
Olsen’s combination of business savvy and kindness makes her an exceptionally strong mentor.
"I've learned so much from Rhoda during my time at Great Clips," said Michelle Sack, Great Clips’ current vice president of Franchise Services and Human Resources. Michelle, who began her career as a Great Clips stylist, said, "She taught me that nothing happens without trust, courageous leadership means your decisions will not always be popular, and you will make mistakes." Olsen stresses the importance of saying I’m sorry, said Michelle, "Being able to listen and learn from mistakes is powerful." And last but not least, Michelle notes, "Rhoda is a great role model when it comes to healthy choices. She's helped many people recognize the value of eating right and getting exercise."
Congratulations to Rhoda Olsen, recipient of IFA's revered Bonny LeVine award.
Great Clips, Inc. was established in 1982 in Minneapolis. Today, Great Clips has 4,000 salons throughout the United States and Canada, making it the world’s largest salon brand. Great Clips is 100 percent franchised, and salons are owned locally by more than 1,200 franchisees across North America. Great Clips franchisees employ nearly 40,000 stylists who receive ongoing training to learn the Great Clips customer care system and advanced technical skills. As a walk-in salon, Great Clips provides value-priced, high-quality haircare for men, women and children. No appointments are needed, and salons are open nights and weekends. Getting a great haircut is more convenient than ever with Great Clips’ Online Check-In and Clip Notes®. To check-in online, visit GreatClips.com or download the app for Android and iPhone. For more information about Great Clips, Inc. or to find a location near you, visit GreatClips.com.
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