“It doesn’t matter where you came from. It only matters where you’re going.” Dermalogica co-founder and Chief Visionary Jane Wurwand shared an inspirational message to a crowd of over 16,000 students attending WE Day California, a youth empowerment event that celebrates people changing the world. Held at The “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, CA on April 27, 2017, WE Day California paired a star-studded lineup with international activists to energize and inspire youth to continue taking action on issues such as bullying, clean water, and poverty.
The day-long event, made possible, in part, by Unilever, welcomed world-renowned speakers, A-list performers, and middle school and high school students from across California. Students cannot purchase a ticket to attend; instead, they earn their way through the educational WE Schools program, which provides schools and community groups with resources to enhance or inspire social impact initiatives and help young people become change-makers on a local and global scale.
Wurwand welcomed the crowd and shared her personal story as an immigrant and entrepreneur raised by a widowed mum whose advice changed the course of Jane’s future: Learn how to do something. Those five words inspired Wurwand to enter the salon industry, arming her with the skills to start and scale a business. Wurwand advised students, “Don’t ever shrink yourself. Never diminish what you can do. I didn’t go to college, didn’t get a business degree. I got a skillset. I had a dream and set out to achieve it.” She explained that economic empowerment is a key mission of Dermalogica’s social impact initiative, FITE (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship) as, “When we earn our own money it is the game changer to the problems in the world.” She encouraged, “Go out there. YOU are the generation that we have been waiting for!”
To learn more about FITE, please visit www.joinfite.com.
Dermalogica revolutionized the skin care industry when it launched into the marketplace in 1986 with innovative formulations, which excluded common irritants, including SD alcohol, lanolin, mineral oil and artificial colors and fragrances. Co-founder Jane Wurwand developed the products to better support the advanced curriculum she had developed a few years earlier for The International Dermal Institute, which she also co-founded. Wurwand led the company’s growth from an idea to the world’s most-requested professional skin care brand, which is today sold in over 100 countries worldwide.
In 2011, Wurwand established FITE (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship) Dermalogica’s social impact initiative to support women entrepreneurs around the world start and grow businesses so they can support their families and communities at large. Through FITE, Dermalogica has helped fund more than 75K microfinance loans for women entrepreneurs in more than 68 countries, and provides vocational training and scholarship programs for woman and girls across the world. Dermalogica products are made in the U.S.; the company’s global operations are based in Carson, CA, just south of Los Angeles. To learn more, visit www.dermalogica.com, www.dermalinstitute.com, or www.joinfite.org.