Winn Claybaugh is the dean and co-owner of Paul Mitchell Schools and a motivational expert, acclaimed by Larry King as “one of the best motivational speakers in the country.” As an educator, consultant and speaker, Winn has helped thousands of companies—from airlines to restaurant chains to television networks—build their brands and create successful working cultures. Winn’s “Be Nice” philosophy of business and education and his ethic of inclusivity and acceptance form the core values of Paul Mitchell Schools.
Winn Claybaugh is the author of Be Nice (Or Else!); the host of MASTERS Audio Club, a popular beauty-industry audio series with worldwide subscribers; and “one of the best motivational speakers in the country,” according to CNN’s Larry King, who wrote the foreword for Winn’s book. A national speaker for major corporations, Winn has helped thousands of businesses build their brands and create successful working cultures. His clients include Southwest Airlines, the Irvine Company, Vidal Sassoon, Entertainment Tonight, Mattel, For Rent magazine, Structure/Limited/Express, and others. A business owner for more than 30 years with over 16,000 people in his organization, Winn is the founder, co-owner, and dean of hair care giant Paul Mitchell’s school division. Under his leadership and in keeping with their unique culture of giving back and building self-esteem, the 110-plus schools have donated countless volunteer hours and raised more than $15.2 million for multiple charitable organizations, and in 2016 American Salon named Winn one of the five “Industry Leaders Who Helped Revolutionize Education.” For more information, visit www.winnclaybaugh.com
With just $700, John Paul DeJoria and Paul Mitchell launch John Paul Mitchell Systems. Their “office” consists of a post office box and an answering machine with a message recorded by a female friend.
Always looking out for our furry friends, Paul Mitchell becomes the first professional beauty company to announce that we don’t conduct or endorse animal testing.
Winn Claybaugh opens the Von Curtis Academy. Nearly two decades later, Von Curtis would become Paul Mitchell The School Provo.
Green from the get-go, Paul Mitchell establishes a self-sustaining, solar-powered Awapuhi farm in Hawaii—all of the Awapuhi used in our products is still harvested there today.
Paul Mitchell (the man) stars in a national advertising campaign with the tagline, “This man does not want you to buy his products. Anywhere.” The ad firmly establishes our company’s commitment to the professional beauty industry and fighting diversion.
Winn tells Von Curtis students that if they can sell a certain amount of retail products, he’ll take them to the Long Beach hair show. Half a dozen students get to go on this cross-country “Caper.”
John Paul Mitchell Systems receives a Humanitarian Award from People magazine for our ethical treatment of animals.
Winn and John Paul come together to create a new vision in cosmetology education. They open Paul Mitchell The School Costa Mesa, and Von Curtis Academy becomes Paul Mitchell The School Provo.
Inspired by a student whose dad was a New York firefighter, Paul Mitchell Schools begin holding annual 9/11 remembrance days. Activities include fundraising and free beauty services for first responders.
The North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) inducts Winn into their Hall of Leaders. He is the youngest person ever to receive the honor.
Our global “Head for Change” campaign is launched based on the belief that if we all make small changes to the way we live and work, we can help make the world a better place.
Paul Mitchell Schools reach 100 locations (and 10,000 Future Professionals) nationwide.
Modern Salon magazine creates its annual Excellence in Education awards. Paul Mitchell Schools are among the honorees this first year and in the years that follow.
In honor of the passing of Winn’s 92-year-old best friend Ann, schools begin a holiday tradition of visiting nursing homes and spreading cheer.
Winn receives the Hairdressers Unlocking Hope award from Behindthechair.com. The award recognizes his work to make giving back an integral part of cosmetology education.
Paul Mitchell Schools gets its first international location—in Slovenia.
Paul Mitchell Schools celebrate 10 years of FUNraising with a gala featuring Betty White, Fran Drescher, Magic Johnson, and other celebrity superstars. The amount raised for charity over the course of the decade totals over $11.2 million.
Our website gets a makeover with fresh new imagery, alumni profiles, inspiration and career advice from top industry mentors, a peek inside our unique culture and history, and much more!