Kim Becker - Woman to Watch Class of 2014




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Kim Becker is the Founder of Hello Gorgeous! of Hope, Inc. Kim has been a hairdresser for more than 25 years and was a salon manager and owner for 10 years.
Wearing many (gorgeous) hats
Kim is the co-founder and president of the startup non-profit organization, Hello Gorgeous! Over the last 7 years, through her non-profit, Kim has become a business woman, fundraiser, event planner, educator, public speaker, author, public relations personnel and the face of Hello Gorgeous! 
 
What she does
Hello Gorgeous! provides complimentary, professional makeovers to women battling all cancers. The women are surprised with candy, flowers and a certificate. Their day begins with a red-carpet roll out and a big "Hello Gorgeous!" greeting; from there, they are treated to a day of beauty, including a manicure, a pedicure, a facial, a wig if needed and a brand-new outfit. Each woman’s special day ends in a big reveal party so that she can show off her new look. (Pssst…our very own Heather Bachman, Sassy’s September cover girl revealed her surprise Hello Gorgeous! makeover in this month’s issue on page 51!)
 
Hello Gorgeous! trains affiliate salons on how to create the Hello Gorgeous! Experience. These salons commit to providing one surprise makeover each month on a woman in their community. Hello Gorgeous! currently has 28 affiliates in eight states, with a goal to put two affiliates in each city of the United States, each providing one makeover each month—for a grand total of helping 1/2 million women a year.
 
Creating a family environment
Kim is incredibly proud of the work and hope she has been able to establish through Hello Gorgeous!, as she very well should be. She names her proudest work moment as “Creating this ‘family’ of affiliate Salon owners, volunteers and sponsors that work so closely together to make these hundreds of surprises and makeovers happen for these amazing women battling cancer. And [the knowledge] that I had a hand in such an extraordinary creation,” says Kim.
 
Transforming lives
In addition to serving as the founder and owner of Hello Gorgeous! Kim is happy to work as one of the hairstylists that perform services on the women with cancer. Kim loves seeing the transformation that the women battling cancer go through with their makeovers. “[I love] watching the transformations happen in such a short time; physically and emotionally,” says Kim. “Hearing their stories of inspiration, what they have conquered and having them come back in two and three years later to tell us what a turning point their Hello Gorgeous! experience was in their life.”
 
True beauty
And if it isn’t apparent already, we want to make it clear that Kim is one of those fabulously Sassy women who are truly beautiful inside and out. As one nominator describes her, “Kim lives by example and gives with such a peaceful heart! Kim is always seeking ways to be better and she has the best attitude to overcome hard times in life. Her strength and courage is such a blessing! Kim gives her all each and everyday!”
 
And her hard work and true beauty shows—Kim was awarded the Spirit of Women Award in 2011, was a graduate of the Disney Institute, is an accomplished Firewalker and received the silver Mom's Choice Award for her first book, "Hello Gorgeous! A Journey of Faith, Love and Hope", published by Corby Books. 
 
Kim has many hopes and dreams for the future, as she describes: “To help my one millionth woman battling cancer through the Hello Gorgeous! Experience, to be a New York Times bestselling author, to be one of the most sought after public speakers in the beauty and cancer industries and to take this program to every country in the world.” Kim has been married to Michael for 20 years and she and her husband live in South Bend with their son, Seth, and a pug named Sam.

Sassy Facts About Kim:

Best business advice?
I had the opportunity to speak with Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat For Humanity, Inc. I asked him, "How much money do I need have to start serving these women? How much money should I have in the bank?" Millard, always being the visionary and risk-taker he was, said something to me I would never forget. "Well, you would be really silly to start without a dollar. Kim, these women just want to be taken care of and they don't care if it’s in a palace or in an alley over a trash can. Just take care of the women." So, I do.
 
Favorite quote?
"If you can dream it, you can do it." –Walt Disney
 
Guilty pleasure?
McDonald's Diet Coke.
 
Favorite candle scent:
All of them. 
 
What’s your go-to office style?
A red Hello Gorgeous hoodie!
 
Favorite book:
"In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day" by Mark Batterson
 
Why you love Sassy magazine:
Because you love women the same way that I do.
 
What did you want to be growing up?
I wanted to be a lawyer. I went to Beauty School as a skill to pay my way through law school and fell in love with it.
 
What’s your #1 secret to success?
You cannot be successful unless you help others achieve success.
 
What does success mean to you?
Success means doing what you love every day and the feeling of fulfillment that it brings you.
 
What is your definition of a Sassy woman?
A big smile, warm heart, a kind word and a red purse.
 
Hello Gorgeous! Fun Fact:
Hello Gorgeous! was started with Kim’s son’s $1 allowance!
 
If you were a Sassy shoe, what would you be and why?
I'd be a red closed-toed shoe with an inch-and-a-half heel. I'd be stylish, yet practical, with a little bit of sass.
 

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