WINNER OF THE 2017
MAHATMA GANDHI LEADERSHIP AWARD
Shalini Vadhera's global influence with women and young girls stems from her entrepreneurial passion to build companies and create products for women to empower women. Vadhera's journey has laid the groundwork of authenticity that resonates not only with the women she meets, but in every facet of her personal life.
Her rise from jewelry and fashion entrepreneur, celebrity make-up artist, best selling author of Passport To Beauty, favorite guest of Dr. Oz, Today, and The View to the founder of a $21-million dollar global cosmetics company is nothing short of remarkable. Vadhera has transformed this platform while using her business acumen to create global beauty, lifestyle and business solutions to empower women around the world.
Armed with an international business degree and an eye on launching her own global beauty and lifestyle brand, Vadhera started her entrepreneurial journey at the age of 19 when her father sent her to India to start her own company. And that’s exactly what she did creating luxury jewelry and fashion lines sold to Macys and Nordstrom. But with a passion for beauty she launched her makeup career at the top with her big break working on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, a stint that led to a successful career as a celebrity makeup artist. Her success led to recognition by numerous media outlets branding Vadhera as a multi-cultural and global beauty and lifestyle expert as well as a business expert resulting in frequent appearances on CBS’s The Early Show, The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors TV Show, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsche, E!, NBC’s The Today Show, Fox News, Extra, ABC’s The View, and a global media deal with Zoom.in Studios in Amsterdam.
Before long, industry insiders wanted to capitalize on Vadhera’s sterling reputation and vast knowledge of exotic ingredients and cultures around the world. This unique point of difference placed Vadhera in demand as a spokesperson, consultant and global brand creator for many Fortune 500 Companies and Hollywood Studios where Vadhera created and formulated a number of brands for the likes of Turner Classic Movies, The Baywatch Movie, Fab Fit Fun, and a number of influencer and celebrity products.
In 2005, Vadhera founded her first makeup brand Global Goddess Beauty (in her garage, no less) and found instant success in Sephora and QVC. It wasn't long before Vadhera's products could be found globally in retailers Nordstrom, Dillards, HSN, QVC UK, Victoria's Secret. Vadhera exited in 2010.
In 2014, Vadhera experienced a life-changing event on her way to meet a Korean Master in Sedona, Arizona. Her car was struck by lightning and, as the energy shot through her body and brain, it manifested into a spiritual awakening over the next 24-hours that forever changed her life. She came away inspired her to launch her next global brand, Power Beauty Living, by creating an environment for women and girls to be mentored, guided and set-up for success in business, beauty and life. Vadhera was further inspired to take this route by witnessing the stunning lack of mentorship of women by women when she launched her previous brand.
Vadhera officially launched Power Beauty Living in September 2014, a social platform for women which shares the knowledge of top female thought leaders and experts from around the world by providing women a community of love, support, and empowerment. Through panels, workshops, products, and events, Power Beauty Living equips women with a toolkit to reach their highest potential while feeling and looking beautiful from the inside out. In 2016, Vadhera launched her women's platform globally at the United Nations in New York City bringing her philosophy and practice of Business, Beauty, and Balance to 350 diplomats, CEO's and country heads. Additionally, Vadhera co-founded The Boss Box to bring education and mentorship to women in entrepreneurship.
Vadhera is the Founder and CEO of Passport To Beauty - PassportBeauty.com, a beauty and wellness brand that curates and creates the world’s best beauty and wellness discoveries from around the world to help women celebrate their beauty from the inside out. Passport To Beauty launched a luxury destination subscription box service delivering a new destination to your doorstep every quarter and to date has created cult items like their 24kt Gold Radiance Facial Mask and Tibetan Goji Berry Eye Serum.
Vadhera was recently awarded The 2017 Mahatma Gandhi Leadership Award at the House Of Lords in the British Parliament for her work in empowering women globally and representing India on a global stage. She was named the #1 Person To Watch by The Economic Times of India, Recipient of the coveted Oprah Beauty "O-Ward", Winner of the Game Changer Of The Decade Award, and was named Global and Gorgeous by The NY Post.
Vadhera speaks globally on beauty and empowerment. She recently key-noted The Global Education Summit at The House Of Commons and House Of Lords at The British Parliament, Spoke at The Venture Funding Conference in NYC, The CA Women's Conference, The Wealthy Girl Summit on Billion Dollar Beauty, and sits on the Board of Impact 21 Leadership for the United Nations as well as Troy Skincare.