Sharie Conard - Woman to Watch Class of 2014
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Sharie Conard is the owner of Studio One, a boutique dedicated to “Women Supporting Women.” Studio One specializes in caring for the physical and emotional health of women during and following cancer treatments. They work with women to supply hair and breast prosthesis. Studio One is also a partner with Hello Gorgeous!, working to surprise women undergoing cancer treatments with a head-to-toe makeover and surprise reveal party.
“We are women supporting women here at Studio1,” explains Sharie. “When you hear the words you have cancer, at that point you hear nothing else. Shock sets in and you are trying to clarify all you have heard so far. The next step [for women] is to tell their story because they all have one. In God’s word it says we are fearfully and wonderfully made. With this said we have the opportunity to hear each woman’s story from her heart—each unique in its own way, feelings all over the place, choices she has to make almost immediately and treatment starts tomorrow. Ladies feeling overwhelmed just need someone to hear their story, this helps them hear and put things in perspective. Women are wonderful and their stories are all unique not one is ever the same. Loving my job is loving people, what could be better than that?”
Sharie graduated from Cosmetology College in Port Huron Michigan in 1986. She is certified in Hair Replacement by New Concepts Hair Goods, Inc. and American Board Certified in Orthotics and Prosthetics and Mastectomy Fittings. Her studio is also an American Board Certified Facility.
“As a business owner, I've learned that if you want your business to run smoothly when you are not there, then you need to duplicate yourself,” Sharie comments. “Since we are a family owned business and I have all three of my daughters (and even a granddaughter) working with me, that is exactly what has happened. The process of teaching, training, mentoring and releasing them has been very rewarding. Now, watching them serve the community with the same love and passion that I have makes me a very proud mother as well as business owner.”
Sharie boasts an impressive array of achievements, both in her personal and professional life. In 1998, Sharie was crowned Mrs. Southwest Michigan, a title that opened the door to her ministry as a Gospel singer and motivational speaker. “There are a lot of hurting people out there,” Sharie says. “When I am asked to speak or sing, I understand what an honor it is to be able to inspire others at their time of need. As a Gospel singer, I realize that a song feeds the soul. My very first recorded album was titled ‘Reaching Others With Love.’ It was dedicated to any individuals whose lives have been touched by cancer in any way.” Sharie is also a part of The Women's Task Force - Secret Sisters Society, Hello Gorgeous! and the USAGEM (United States Association of Gospel Entertainers and Musicians) in Nashville, TN, which voted her Female Gospel Vocalist of the Year in both 2005 and 2006.
Sassy Facts About Sharie:
Just sitting and doing nothing (with my coffee and French Vanilla creamer).
A hairdresser, helping people look good and feel better about themselves.
The one that holds all of the answers – The Bible!
Sandlewood - Myrrh
Key Lime Pie
Lip gloss, lip liner, phone, wallet and keys.
Being able to be true to who I am, having a husband who loves and supports me, being able to work with a family that I love and being able to make a difference in the lives we touch and the communities we serve.
Balancing time. There is actually time for everything, you just need to balance it. Since you can't retrieve time, then there is no time to waste.
Family is a gift from God, so spending the weekend with all of my grandchildren—swimming in the pool, cooking, tea parties, walking or biking. They grow way too fast! This is my family and they are my stress relief.
I stay organized by staying ahead of the game. Prior preparation is the key.
Always some sort of a heel, tastefully simple and with all of the accessories.
Jeans, soft fleece and cuddling with my husband.
Nerium - six steps in one bottle!
Confidence, personality and being a woman of excellence.
Success comes from trying and failing and getting back up again.
A very dear friend once told me, "Always follow your heart, for your heart will never betray you".
There are two ways to live. You can live as if nothing is a miracle, or you can live as if everything is a miracle. If you choose the latter, then you will always be appreciative of the things that God has blessed you with.
I start my day by thanking God for giving me the opportunity to breathe one more day. Then I'm off to the shop, checking on appointments, emails, doing some promotional marketing, placing or checking on orders and shipments and occasional meetings. After the last client has left for the day, it's home to get into my workout clothes for a walk to the beach and back with a friend. I end my workday by thanking God for my blessed day and for all of the people He allowed me to help.
A stiletto of any kind. It's an awesome ice breaker!