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2018 "What's the Big Idea?" Finalists Announced

The results are in for John Paul Mitchell Systems' 2018 "What's the Big Idea?" contest, and three innovative finalists are headed to Los Angeles to present their BIG IDEAs in person to Paul Mitchell's Co-founder and Chairman, John Paul DeJoria. One grand prize winner will receive $5,000 and the chance for her idea to be the "next big thing" from John Paul Mitchell Systems. 

Congratulations to Future Professionals Samantha Jones of Paul Mitchell The School Cincinnati and Gail Serrano Gruce of Paul Mitchell the School North Haven, and to Learning Leader Sarah Ramirez of Paul Mitchell The School Richland.

Future Professionals and team members from all Paul Mitchell Schools were invited to submit a 2-minute video describing their BIG IDEA for an innovative product concept. A panel of judges chose the top entries based on originality, potential market impact, practicality, and measurability. 

Ten runners up were also announced; each will receive Paul Mitchell's new top-of-the-line, state-of-the-art, NEURO Halo tool kit valued at over $330:

  • Madison Lombardo, Future Professional – Paul Mitchell The School Delaware
  • Angela Chavez, Enrollment Leader – Paul Mitchell The School Costa Mesa
  • Keisha Sisk, Future Professional – Paul Mitchell The School Arlington
  • Jen Dombrowski, Future Professional – Paul Mitchell The School Provo
  • Kelly Menter, Future Professional – Paul Mitchell The School Richland
  • Aliah Anderson, Future Professional – Paul Mitchell The School St. Louis
  • Leslie Garrett, Future Professional – Paul Mitchell The School Chicago
  • Z Allen, Future Professional – Paul Mitchell The School MTI College
  • Denise Walker, Learning Leader – Paul Mitchell The School Richland
  • Jodi Nordstrom, Future Professional – Paul Mitchell The School Jessup

This marked the third year of "What's the Big Idea?" John Paul developed the contest in recognition of all the talent in Paul Mitchell Schools.

Announcing the contest, John Paul said, "It gives you the opportunity as artists to bring forth your creative juices and think about what would be so unique, what would be different, what would be a game changer to help change our industry?" 

"Everything our company has ever done has started with an idea," said Barb Toberman, Director of School Marketing. "I love that we're looking at our Future Professionals, Learning Leaders, and staff for these great ideas." 

Written By: Gail Fink, Paul Mitchell Schools

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