With an innate love for beauty and a strong creative eye, Miriam began her self-taught career in beauty as a makeup artist and achieved early praise, allowing her to work alongside some of Canada’s best photographers. In 2005 Miriam and her daughter Natalie co-founded Gee Beauty – a modern makeup, brow and skincare studio in Toronto. Over the past 8 years, she has cultivated and executed her concept of modern beauty and skincare by providing time-sensitive, customer-focused services that cater to her clients’ busy lifestyles.With many accolades and recognition for Gee Beauty since its inception, including winning the RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, as well as with exciting retail expansion – most recently in the U.S. at the Bal Harbour Shops, Miriam has been able to share this success with her partners and daughters and see it come to fruition – a true expression of her creativity, vision and passion.
Fueling her strong entrepreneurial spirit, her natural aptitude to lead and extensive knowledge of the beauty world, Natalie observed that something fresh and modern was missing from traditional beauty experiences, and sought to create something unique, effective and world-renowned. In 2005, Gee Beauty was established to cater to both women and men who don’t have unlimited hours to spend at a spa, yet who want to maintain a healthy beauty routine. As co-founder of the company (along with her mother Miriam Gee), Natalie understood the need for more accessible, attainable beauty – as easy as picking up your Starbucks coffee. With her strong beauty skills and years of experience, Natalie has come to be known as an expert in her field often appearing on television and in magazines as an authority in her field, consulting and offering beauty advice. Her focus to offer unparalleled quality, service and attention to detail is what has allowed Gee Beauty to maintain its standing as a world renowned beauty centre.
Joanna Goodman is the owner and CEO of Au Lit Fine Linens, a family business that was founded by Joanna’s mother, Peggy Byron, in 1981. Peggy’s vision, to bring beautiful, authentic quality bedding to North America, is still Au Lit’s purpose and passion. Joanna now runs the business with her husband, CFO Miguel Cardinal. They have two children, both conceived through IVF. Joanna is also a published author and is working on her fourth novel.
Domini Clark is the Travel Editor of The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. Each week she brings the world’s hottest destinations to readers across the country through insightful articles and vivid photography. She travels extensively for pleasure, and has so far visited all 10 provinces, more than half the U.S. states and 21 countries.
Fay Ricotta began her career working for Calvin Klein as a Style Consultant during the height of the fashion industry in New York City. After two years, Fay took a new job at Jeffrey’s, and became the style consultant to New York’s ultra fashion set. Her client list began to grow, as New York City’s elite buzzed about her talent.
Fay moved from Jeffrey’s to a job at Celine as a Buyer and Style Consultant, which led to even more exposure. Shortly after starting at Celine, she was offered a position at Bergdorf Goodman as Lifestyle Consultant where she grew her client list and connections. In 2005, Fay took a position at Sak’s Fifth Avenue in their 5th Avenue Club as Lifestyle Consultant. Fay’s services have been hailed by the Wall Street Journal as “… as elite as personal shopping gets.” Most recently, she was mentioned in the New York Post, by a high-profile client, who spoke of Fay’s perfect “…fun, funny – and fast…” demeanor when she calls her to help with last-minute fashion emergencies. Her clients range from television’s most intelligent fashionistas to the who’s who of fashion publishing, along with image conscious executives from power positions all over the world.