A Note from the Editor: theStitch.com is teaming up with Microsoft and a host of dynamic women leaders in the St. Louis community to present an innovative and interactive workshop series designed to empower high school girls to embrace their own beauty while giving them the opportunity to delve into technology.
In honor of this new project, we’re showcasing interviews with these inspiring women who will be co-facilitating the workshops, which will be held at the Microsoft Store located in the Galleria Mall.
Kristen Linares is the founder and owner of Thirteenth and Washington Salon & Barbershop in Downtown St. Louis. She runs her successful salon while traveling nationally to teach hair color and styles hair and makeup for commercial and editorial photo shoots. In line with theStitch, she wants young girls to feel empowered to do what they are passionate about and have the tenacity to work hard for their dream. Linares also wants young girls to know that their mind is the most beautiful thing they have to offer the world and that there’s nothing wrong with following your own vision. “I was tired of contributing to someone else’s life goal,” Linares said. “I wanted my hard work to build something for my future while also allowing me to create the lifestyle I have always dreamed of.”
In the interview below, Linares talks with theStitch writer Bridget Whitfield about what it’s like to be an entrepreneur, the challenges she’s faced, and how teenage girls can nurture their dreams and shoot for the stars.
Q: What were the biggest hurdles that you faced as a female entrepreneur?
A: I’ve never felt like I needed to work harder just because I was a female. I believe my confidence and sticking to my decisions without being swayed by others opinions has really been a guiding light. If I had to choose the “biggest hurdle” it would be finding other professionals to get a large task accomplished. Many people want to be compensated for minimal to no effort. It’s difficult weeding out the flakes.
Q: Why do you think the glass ceiling is so tough to break through?
A: I don’t believe it is, however for some it’s due to fear of failure. I love mistakes. They are the best lesson.
Q: At theStitch, we’re all about empowering women and girls to embrace their own beauty. How do you deal handle self-doubts and uncertainty?
A: I read self-help books ALL the time. I even have them as audio books so I can hear them again and again in the car. At this point when I feel self-doubt, I allow it for a minute and then drop the attitude because I know it’s just in my head. I can do anything.
Q: What message do you want girls to take away from the EYOB workshops?
A: I am strong and can live the life I want to live.
Kristen Linares, thank you for the interview. It’s going to be great working with you!
13th & Washington – Salon-Barber Shop-SPA in St. Louis
Kristen Linares – Beauty Expert