Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneur is Vancouver-based skincare professional Amanda Hlatky, who opened her own practice to offer clients the absolute best combination of treatments for their skin. We caught up with her to find out what inspired the idea and what advice she would share with other young professionals…
Elevator Pitch: Describe your job in a nutshell.
I create custom skincare strategies to help people achieve their best skin. I founded a boutique skincare practice, Glow Dermal Therapy, with the intention of merging results-driven clinical treatments and the nurturing aspect of a spa. Each client has an individual set of ever-changing skincare needs. My goal is to address their concerns on a holistic level, incorporating personalized treatments, home care, diet, and supplements, continuously working the client to help them feel great in their skin.
Why did you start working at your company? What was the inspiration for this career route?
I am a nurturer by nature. I have always been fascinated by skin and its effect on a person’s overall self confidence. Seeing results and guiding someone towards better skin is incredibly rewarding.
What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
The best part is connecting with people throughout the day. I love the one-on-one social aspect and assessing my clients’ needs for the day – do they need to sleep and receive an amazing scalp massage, or do they need that perfect glow for their big day? I love it all.
The most challenging for me is time management. I am working on time blocking to stay on task, but I haven’t quite perfected that yet.
What is one sign that you’ve seen over the years to suggest that your work/life balance is off?
Inspiration/motivation tends to strike me in the evening, so I have opted out of social plans in favour of staying in. Running a business can feel lonely, so it’s important to create time to socialize.
Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?
My vision is to have a well-rounded wellness space. I want to partner with other passionate entrepreneurs to create a space that you come to recharge and fill your cup. In my vision, you will leave looking and feeling better than when you stepped in the door.
What is one major challenge that you’ve had to overcome in your career? How did you overcome it?
Mindset. I have always wanted my own practice, but I didn’t think I would be able to handle the responsibility of creating it. I took the leap first, then hired a coach (Lara Kozan) after. She has helped me break things into smaller steps and create systems and protocols to make running my business more manageable.
What does success look like to you? Does Money = Happiness?
I think it’s important to have the funds that support your vision of a good company and life and to get your message out. I think giving value and having a purpose is equally important, because no amount of money in the world can fill that need.
What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
Advancing my education and skin training at a medical clinic in Sydney, Australia. It gave me the confidence to open my own practice and ignited an even greater passion for skin health
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Connect with other people in your city, have a mastermind group, hire a coach. Create a network of mutually beneficial, honest relationships
Where is your favourite place to wine/ dine in your city and why?
I am an egg nog fiend so lately I have been frequenting Pourhouse and Bambudda for a good flip, otherwise I love Rodney’s for their oysters and wine.
When you’re not working how do you love to spend your “Me” time?
Sipping London Fogs on a rainy day at Beaucoup, running around the Sea Wall, girls weekends away on Pender Island, hiking the chief, workshops
Where is your favourite place to travel? Why?
I have a special place in my heart for Belgium because I have roots there, but I love any new adventure that includes good people and even better food.
If you had to choose a theme song, what would it be?
Million Voices by Otto Knows.
If you weren’t doing what you’re doing, what would you be doing?
I have had a ridiculous amount of jobs in the past; they have all led me to realize this is exactly what I want to be doing! Otherwise, if it wasn’t work it would be travel
Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
I have personally volunteered my time for various charities including Feed the People, KIB Women’s Day, and cooking in a retirement home. But I haven’t yet worked with a charity for my company. By this time next year, I would like to align myself with a charity. I am passionate about food security and animal welfare.
What to you is notable?
Worthy of attention.
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