National Association of Professional Women Inducts Kendra Kalis, Hair/Makeup Artist at Cheveux Salon + Blush Asheville, Into its VIP Professional Woman of the Year Circle

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Kendra Kalis selected for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

Communication is what makes me succeed the most. Listening to the wants and needs of my clients leaves little room for error,” said Ms. Kalis. “Knowing my craft is also a much-needed skill.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Kendra Kalis as a 2015-2016 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in business. NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting 850,000 members and over 200
operating Local Chapters.

“It gives me great pleasure to present Kendra with this important honor,” said NAPW President Star Jones. “I applaud her for using her expertise to build a successful business enterprise.”

Kendra Kalis always thought she would become an Interior Decorator, but when her hairdresser recommended she pursue a career in cosmetology, she decided to follow her suggestion. “I went to cosmetology school, fell in love with it and have never looked back!” she said.

Currently a Hairstylist at Cheveux Salon in Asheville and a Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist for Blush, Ms. Kalis moved to Asheville to chase her dreams. With the support from her coworkers at Old Edwards Inn and Spa, she left the five-star resort after nearly four years. Ms. Kalis takes tremendous pride in her work. Specializing in bridal hair and makeup, she knows that creating a memorable look for her clients on their special day is her utmost responsibility. She credits her training with Ted Gibson and Stephanie Brinkerhoff with helping her gain the skills she needs to be successful in her chosen career.

“First and foremost, communication is what makes me succeed the most. Listening to the wants and needs of my clients leaves little room for error,” said Ms. Kalis. “Knowing my craft is also a much-needed skill. I find that it’s basically one of my hobbies to stay updated and fresh in the hair and makeup industry. Educating my clients on what I am passionate about is really important to me.”

Committed to providing top-quality services to her clients and taking her career as far as she can, Ms. Kalis continually pursues professional development, staying up-to-date on the latest styles and techniques by attending industry seminars. Interested in expanding her talents to include assisting at photo shoots, fashion shows, and film, she is also studying photography. “I want to be known for my passionate work. I want my work in magazines. I believe in myself and the beauty of my dreams!” said Ms. Kalis.

About NAPW
NAPW’s mission is to provide an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.

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