Team Spotlight: Katie, Admissions Coordinator

Team Spotlight: Katie, Admissions Coordinator

Where were you before joining Admissions for Aveda Institute Madison?

I graduated from the Cosmetology program at our sister school in Milwaukee in 2003 and worked as a stylist behind the chair for 9 years. I then moved into a more behind the scenes role in salon management/guest services.

How does Aveda distinguish itself from other beauty schools?

I feel the biggest point of difference is the level of professionalism we expect from our students. We don’t only teach our students the best technical skills, but the skills to be a professional in this industry. The advanced education our students receive also really sets us apart.

What was one of the most rewarding experiences you’ve had with a student (or potential student) so far?

I am so lucky that I feel rewarded almost every day at my job being able to see students fulfill their dreams here.

I had a student come up to me the other day and tell me that he second-guessed starting the program, but after talking to me, he had the courage to take the next steps. He now wants to take what he is learning here and give back to the community by offering haircuts to the homeless on his day off.  These are the moments that make me love my job even more!

Go-to Aveda product?

The closer I get to the big 4-0 the more skincare becomes priority. The Tulasara line has been life changing for my skin!

On your day off, we could find you ___.

I have an almost three and five-year-old, so my days are mostly spent hanging out with them. Now that it’s nice out, I spend as much time outside as possible.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Madison?

One of my favorite summertime pastimes is sitting outside at the Union listening to a band while enjoying a local beer.

A quote that resonates with you?

“ If you work really had, and you’re kind, amazing things will happen. “
– Conon O’Brien

If you could dine with anyone, it would be ___. 

My dad passed away shortly before I started this job. We have a lot to catch up on – so I would say my dad.


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