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—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, Hyatt Hotels, the Irvine Company, Vidal Sassoon, Entertainment Tonight, Mattel, For Rent magazine and many 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. Recognizing his immense contributions to that industry, in 2016 American Salon named Winn one of the five “Industry Leaders Who Helped Revolutionize Education.” Recognizing his leadership of the Paul Mitchell Schools’ annual FUNraising campaign, Winn was named Humanitarian of the Year by Friendly House in 2013 and he received Thirst Project’s Vision Award in 2015. In 2017, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which ranks among the nation’s most renowned awards and recognizes individuals who have made it their mission to share their wealth of knowledge, indomitable courage, boundless compassion, unique talents, and selfless generosity with those less fortunate. 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 $18.2 million for multiple charitable organizations. For more information, visit www.winnclaybaugh.com.
With just $700, John Paul DeJoria and Paul Mitchell launch John Paul Mitchell Systems® and pledge to never test on animals. Their “office” consists of a post office box and an answering machine with a message recorded by a female friend.
Green from the get-go, John Paul Mitchell Systems® establishes a self-sustaining, solar-powered awapuhi farm in Hawaii—all of the awapuhi used in our products is still harvested there today.
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 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.
Robert Cromeans, Global Artistic Director for John Paul Mitchell Systems®, wins the Stylist Choice Award from behindthechair.com for the eighth consecutive year.
Modern Salon magazine creates its annual Excellence in Education awards. Paul Mitchell Schools are honored this year—and in every year that follows.
John Paul DeJoria founded Grow Appalachia, a non-profit initiative that helps families plant a healthy future. John Paul Mitchell Systems® proudly supports the organization’s commitment to empowering Appalachians to live a sustainable, healthy lifestyle.
With over 100 locations nationwide, Paul Mitchell Schools opens its first international location—in Slovenia.
Our eco-inspired brand Tea Tree partners with environmental groups to plant trees around the globe. After passing the half-million mark, the brand pledges to reach a new milestone: 750,000 trees by 2019.