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Life & Work with Maisie Dunbar

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maisie Dunbar.  

Hi Maisie, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I started in the beauty industry 30 years ago after being laid off my job as system analyst. I started as a licensed manicurist in a barbershop where I worked for 6 months and realized I need more clients so I moved to a hair salon. I build my clientele by offering free manicures. I would stand by the bus stop and as if they wanted a free manicure. I needed to practice and I needed people to think I was good. It was a sure way to look busy and improve my skills. fast forward 30 years later the rest is history. 

Based on 30 years of industry experience, Maisie Dunbar, a multi-business proprietress, trained and licensed celebrity make-up artist, massage therapist, and master nail and skincare therapist, provides women and youth with skillful training to increase their business acumen and sustainability. As a named United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, TEDx Speaker, a true global citizen, advocate, and beauty change agent, Maisie has provided technical and entrepreneurial training to youths and women at a variety of beauty schools (Nationally and Internationally) to trade high schools in under-served and marginalized communities, industry events and beauty entities (e.g., resorts, spas, retailers, hotels). She works with individuals and companies looking to grow their businesses and achieve their strategic goals. As part of this endeavor, Ms. Dunbar is heavily focused on developing youth and women-owned businesses to mention a few. Her vast knowledge has been offered to entrepreneurs around the globe, in her travels to parts of Africa: Liberia, Ghana, Gambia, and Nigeria, as well as South America, Canada, Cuba, United Kingdom, and Mexico to mention a few. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
No, it has not. I had challenges, not so much of a struggle. one challenge was learning the about the beauty industry after coming from corporate America. Learn a strategy of building a clientele and keeping it. My other challenge was building a business while trying to manage as a single mom. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
My specialty is Nail, Skin, body, and makeup artistry. I am most proud of raising my son as a single mom. installing values in him that helped build an incredible human being. I am best known for working with black excellence. The go-to person for all things beauty from the inside out. What sets me apart is my ability to connect with people and sharing information to help with their beauty needs. 

Any big plans?
My plan is to open makeup stores in Nigeria, Ghana, and Liberia. To have my cosmetic brand in the Duty-Free stores at the airports. 

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