Maria Hatzistefanis, founded her ground-breaking skincare group, Rodial, in 1999 by identifying a niche for treatments targeted to specific skin concerns. Maria has become a respected and sought-after opinion-leader as she is known for her mentoring and entrepreneurial guidance. Recently she was a judge for the British Fashion Council Vogue fashion fund, and has had guest appearances as a mentor on US fashion series, Project Runway.
Maria has just launched her second book, How To Make It Happen, in which she outlines how to motivate yourself and how to make your dreams a reality with stories of her own personal experience as well as truly practical step by step advice to help you achieve your own ambitions.
Maria didn’t start out in the beauty business. After university she completed a business degree. Without knowing what she wanted to do with her career, she started out working in banking. But it was when she was fired from her finance job that things got interesting.
We talk about how she started up her beauty business, mentoring, being an entrepreneur and what the challenges are for her in the beauty industry.