Winn Claybaugh Featured on "Beyond the Technique" Podcast

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How to Winn in Salon Business with Industry Extraordinaire, Winn Claybaugh

Released Jul 12, 2018

[July 12, 2018] - If you love getting a dose of tough love while simultaneously being inspired, today’s episode is for you! Winn shares so many secrets to success and also dives into what may be preventing us from living the life we were meant to live. If you want to “winn” at business, join host Kati Whitledge for this inspirational talk!

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Finding It Hard to Be Civil? Refill Your Reservoir!

Finding It Hard to Be Civil? Refill Your Reservoir!

There's a lot of talk in the news these days about the absence of civil discourse. People are being so mean -- in person, online, and in the media. What will it take to turn things around? The answer is easier than you might think: be nice, be nice, be nice! Start by thinking before you speak, and ask yourself these questions: Is it nice? Is it necessary? Is it true?  Would you want it to be said about you?

Sofia Donates $5,300 to Fred Jordan Mission

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As Sofia’s parents, we plan to leave her a multifaceted legacy—a business that can sustain her, the gift of a loving extended family, and so much more. Perhaps most important, we want to give her a spirit of giving and teach her to use her voice and her kind heart to make a difference in the lives of others. We want Sofia to succeed in business and in life ... and that includes teaching her how to be a successful philanthropist.

To give our 6-year-old daughter an early start in the world of giving back, we created "Sofia's Kind Heart," an online donation campaign to benefit the charity of her choice.

First, we introduced Sofia to a number of ways to help other people. When she expressed an interest in helping homeless children, we arranged a meeting through Willie Jordan, director of the Fred Jordan Mission, which serves thousands of homeless individuals and families in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles.

Then we established an online donation site and spread the word. Sofia's Kind Heart raised over $5,300, which Sofia proudly presented to Debbie Smith of the Fred Jordan Mission onstage at the Paul Mitchell Schools FUNraising Gala in Beverly Hills on May 21, 2018.

“My name is Sofia and I'm 6 years old. I am using my voice to raise money for the Fred Jordan Mission because I like helping people.”




"We have our kids shadow us at work. Let's also have them shadow us in our philanthropy world!"
– Winn Claybaugh


June 2018 MASTERS Audio Club Features Emmy-Nominated Hairstylists Dean Banowetz and Meagan Herrera-Schaaf

Dean Banowetz, the Hollywood Hair Guy, is the locks wizard behind celebrity staples like Leeza Gibbons, Simon Cowell, Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Tony Robbins, and Shark Tank's Lori Greiner. After owning and operating a full-service salon in Bettendorf, Iowa, Dean moved to Los Angeles and landed a gig on the nationally syndicated series Extra. Then he took a job on American Idol, where he styled hair for Ryan Seacrest and all of the contestants. Since then, he’s worked on many Hollywood projects, including So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, American Idol (7 seasons), America's Got Talent, the Daytime Emmy Awards, and the 2014 Grammy Awards, to name just a few.

Dean has received four Emmy nominations for Dancing with the Stars (twice), Grease Live, and So You Think You Can Dance, as well as three Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild nominations, including wins for Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance.

Shortly before graduating from Paul Mitchell The School Great Lakes, Meagan Herrera-Shaaf won a retail sales contest at her school. The prize was a trip to Los Angeles to work with Dean Banowetz on American Idol. After just six days, Dean—realizing that her passion and determination were above and beyond most 19 year olds—offered her a job as an assistant on the show. After three seasons at American Idol, Meagan moved to the Daytime Emmy–winning show Clean House and joined the Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Union, Local 706, which allowed her to work on major motion pictures and television programs.

Since then Meagan’s career has flourished: her TV and movie credits include Jack Reacher, The Hunger Games, America’s Got Talent, The X Factor, Hangover 2, NBC’s The Voice, and many more. She has one Emmy nomination (The Voice, 2017) and four Guild nominations (winning the 2016 award for Pitch Perfect 2).

Interviewed by Winn Claybaugh, Dean and Meagan give an exclusive, in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at what it’s really like to do hair in the entertainment business, including award shows, top-rated TV shows, major motion pictures, and more. Everyone can benefit from their advice on attention to detail, the discipline of anticipation, clearing the clutter, and having an attitude of kindness.


Enjoy this behind-the-scenes preview with Winn, Dean, and Meagan, filmed in Dean’s workshop / storage unit.

Fresh from their interview for June's MASTERS Audio Club, Winn Claybaugh chats with Emmy-nominated hairstylists Dean Banowetz and Meagan Herrera-Schaaf.

Winn Claybaugh Featured on Crown Pointers Podcast: How to Be Nice and Still Finish First

Winn Claybaugh Featured on Crown Pointers Podcast: How to Be Nice and Still Finish First

There's an old adage that says, "Nice guys finish last," but studies prove that the opposite is true. Being generous actually causes people to be more attractive. Turns out you can learn how to be nice AND still finish first. Winn Claybaugh, founder of Paul Mitchell's school division and author of Be Nice (Or Else!) redefines what being nice means and gives his simple tips about how to build the muscle of niceness.

Tickets Available for Winn Claybaugh at TEDx LACC

Tickets are now available for Bridges Across, TEDxLACC's June 8, 2018, event featuring Winn Claybaugh Patrice Washington, Kathy Buckley, Patty Schmucker, and many others.

"Bridges Across" speaks to the idea that innovation happens together. When we share ideas, first in our own communities, we build bridges to greater ones and connect with people around the world. Doing so gives us better insight on humanity and leads the way in tackling some of our planet’s most pressing issues.   

With this conference, TEDxLACC hopes to showcase enlightening ideas from some amazing speakers and to inspire fellow community members to build their own figurative bridges to higher learning.

For more information, visit

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TEDxLACC is an independently organized TED-like event licensed by the TEDx program. Put on by a team of dedicated volunteers, TEDxLACC upholds TED’s motto “Ideas Worth Spreading”. We work to bring innovators, thinkers, and the curious together, carefully crafting our conferences to feature thought-provoking speakers with stimulating ideas. TEDxLACC is named after the college where the event will take place. Los Angeles City College (LACC) has been helping its community obtain higher education since 1929. We are very excited to partner with LACC to bring this event to life. 

New on MASTERS Audio Club by Winn Claybaugh

New on MASTERS Audio Club by Winn Claybaugh

Patrice Washington built a 7-figure real estate empire by age 25, and then lost her business, her life savings, and even her newborn son during the recession. She dedicated herself to not only rebuilding her own life but to helping others move from debt management to money mastery. Interviewed by Winn Claybaugh, this best-selling author, radio host, and leading authority on finance and entrepreneurship shares her personal story and the true definition of wealth. Patrice’s emotional and powerful interview will have you rethinking how you invest your energy and time.

Winn Claybaugh Featured on Children's Miracle Network Hospitals "Untold Miracles" Podcast


WINN talks about his most powerful interviews from MASTERS Audio Club, how to overcome addiction and depression to achieve self-love, and how to give back.

Listen and learn:

  • The influences Winn had growing up that shaped him today
  • How Winn got the idea for the Paul Mitchell Schools' FUNraising program
  • Some of the miracles Winn has witnessed in raising money for nonprofits
  • Winn’s three basic human needs and how they can change our lives
  • Some of the most impactful interviews Winn has done through his MASTERS Audio Club
  • Winn’s personal experience and advice for overcoming addiction and depression and achieving self-love

Check out Winn's "Untold Miracles" podcast at

Also available on iTunes and Google Play







    Personalizing "Suffering"

    Although my dear friend Paul Lambert wrote the following blog prior to the horrific Las Vegas shootings of October 2017, his message deeply applies to that heartbreak, too. The main lesson I've gained from this is that even though many of us weren't in Las Vegas, it doesn't mean we're not suffering. All of us are in pain, and all life experiences come with lessons. Let's learn ours.

    Personalizing "Suffering"
    by Paul Lambert

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    The events in Puerto Rico exhibit suffering and misfortune in a way that impacts us all. Suffering, whether personal or seen from afar, has consequences – it causes us to pause, to lose our edge, and it impairs our confidence and momentum. Because of these consequences, suffering can make us feel literally stuck and paralyzed until things get better.

    "When suffering knocks at your door and you say 'there's no seat for you,' it tells you not to worry because it brought its own stool."

    People in Puerto Rico have our attention right now, but without a doubt, someone near you is probably suffering, too. It may be a family member, a relative, a good friend, or a coworker. It may be that they are feeling unconnected or unheard, experiencing an emptiness inside, suffering extreme financial pressure, or suffering from a physical condition they aren't openly sharing.

    Many Americans have been marginalized while they suffer. Let's start our week this week by committing to being more aware of those suffering (especially those we know). Let's be more active in comforting them, befriending them, and doing our part in addressing the source of their suffering.

    You may be suffering – yourself – today, too. Right where you are. Right now. Take a moment and examine your situation. Have you ever thought there may be an upside to suffering? I believe there is. Discovering things through suffering may be an important part for what's next in your life. While suffering, we are open to discoveries that otherwise wouldn't be, that may have a direct effect on our future.

    Suffering comes wrapped in many different packages – but in the midst of struggling, feeling defeated, or dealing with unbearable stress and pain – remember God is working.

    Concentration camp survivor and author Corrie ten Boom has some wonderful thoughts on these subjects:

    "Don't bother to give God instructions, just report for duty."

    "Make sure that prayer is your steering wheel, not your spare tire,"

    "Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God."

    I'M GOING TO RE-READ THIS BLOG OFTEN to strengthen my faith and be reminded that God is present and at work during my times of suffering. How about you? Always remember you are not alone, you are loved and forgiven, and you are meant to move on and get beyond situations that seem intolerable.

    Wishing you a courageous week ... Your friend,

    – Paul Lambert

    Winn Claybaugh Appointed to Beauty Changes Lives Board

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    October 5, 2017, SAN DIEGO – The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation has appointed author, motivational speaker and founder and co-owner of Paul Mitchell’s school division, Winn Claybaugh, to its Board of Directors.

    Lynelle Lynch, president of the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, said Claybaugh’s breadth of experience in the professional beauty industry coupled with his passion for education aligns well with the mission of Beauty Changes Lives. “Winn’s career as an entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker is living proof of the diverse and rewarding opportunities available in the professional beauty industry, and his experience founding one of the nation’s most revered beauty schools testifies to his passion for education,” she stated.

    Commenting on his new role as a director on the Beauty Changes Lives board, Winn expressed his gratitude for how the beauty industry has supported his growth and professional development. “I am so grateful for what the beauty industry has given to me for the past 35 years. Never have I been denied opportunities for growth, adventure and prosperity. Along the way, I have been able to earn some notoriety, which has given me a platform to support many causes. To now use my name and influence to support Beauty Changes Lives is purely a gift, which I humbly and easily accept,” he stated.

    A champion of education across the hairstylist’s journey, Winn has spoken at every major beauty event and served as the Paul Mitchell National Motivational Expert. The North American Hairstyling Awards named Winn to its Hall of Leaders and awarded him the Hairdressers Unlocking Hope award, recognizing his philanthropic contributions to the industry. In 2016, American Salon named Winn one of the top five “Industry Leaders Who Helped Revolutionize Education.” He has also received recognition for his philanthropic spirit and was named Humanitarian of the Year by Friendly House in 2013. In 2015, he was honored with the Thirst Project’s Vision Award.

    Beyond the professional beauty sector, Claybaugh has helped some of the world’s most esteemed businesses build their brands and create successful working cultures. His clients include Southwest Airlines, Hyatt Hotels, the Irvine Company, Vidal Sassoon, Entertainment Tonight, Mattel, For Rent magazine and many other businesses in sectors ranging from healthcare to housing. In 2017, Winn was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, an honor presented to American citizens who have distinguished themselves within their own ethnic groups while exemplifying the values of the American way of life.

    As a director on the Beauty Changes Lives board, Claybaugh joins a team of visionaries committed to supporting the next generation of beauty professionals. Other directors on the Beauty Changes Lives board of directors include: Lynelle Lynch (president), owner of Bellus Academy; Robert Passage (vice president), CEO & Global Ambassador of Pivot Point; Tate Holland (treasurer), president and CEO of Make-up Designory; Jan Arnold, co-founder and style director of CND; Frank Cacciato, CEO of Katherine Frank Creative; Christine Schuster, vice president of education for the L’Oreal USA Professional Products Division; Salvatore (Sal) Mauceri, vice president for North America Professional Beauty and Global OPI, Coty Professional Beauty; Elisa Fischer, general manager for the Americas, TIGI; Jen Wilder, vice president of marketing for Beauty Systems Group; Trevor Attenborough, general manager of the North American salon division for Kao USA, Inc.; Dennis Ratner, founder and CEO of Ratner Companies; and Jen Planck, master stylist, speaker and innovator.

    Additional information about the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation and its scholarship offerings is available at

    About the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation

    With a mission to elevate, educate and empower, Beauty Changes Lives is uniting the industry and building awareness of the extraordinary career opportunities in the beauty, wellness and massage therapy industries. Learn more at or find us on Facebook.

    "The Back Forty" founder Darrell Gurney interviews Winn at 2017 California Women's Conference

    In this live interview with "The Back Forty" founder Darrell Gurney at the 2017 California Women Conference, Winn talks about how we can make the second half of life the best half.


    The Back Forty idea is radical. It says that whatever has come before does not determine what comes next. It's about a radical renewing of the mind into belief and action that have you play big. Come discover your Big Game Back Forty Future. It's what you came for.

    Twitter: @BackFortyFliers
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    Now Playing on MASTERS Audio Club:

    Dr. Michelle Christie
    Founder of No Limits for Deaf Children & 2017 CNN Hero

    Dr. Michelle Christie founded the nonprofit organization, No Limits, in 1996 to help underserved and economically disadvantaged children with hearing loss gain the skills to succeed in school and life through its national theater program and after-school educational centers. As a leader in the field of deafness, she has been the subject of multiple documentaries and received numerous awards for her revolutionary techniques.

    Interviewed by Winn Claybaugh, Michelle will warm your heart with her lifelong commitment to serving underprivileged deaf children and give you an educated view into that world.

    Now available at





    Go behind the scenes with Winn Claybaugh and his June 2017 MASTERS Audio Club guest, Michelle Christie, founder of No Limits. Learn more at and

    Winn Claybaugh Receives 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award

    The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations’ (NECO) presented its 2017 Ellis Island Medals of Honor on Sunday, May 13, 2017. Winn Claybaugh, author, keynote speaker, and dean/cofounder of the nationwide network of Paul Mitchell cosmetology schools, along with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Governor John Kasich, PepsiCo chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi, and TV host and journalist Fareed Zakaria were among the 90 honorees.

    A business owner for over 30 years with over 16,000 people in his organization, Winn is the founder and co-owner of hair care giant Paul Mitchell’s school division, with more than 100 locations throughout the United States. Under his leadership, the schools’ annual “FUNraising” campaign has raised and donated over $18 million in support of many charitable causes: funds have built homes with Habitat for Humanity, fed thousands of African orphans, and supported the victims of AIDS, breast cancer, homelessness, abuse, and hundreds of other causes.

    A popular seminar leader and keynote speaker, Winn also travels extensively as an educator and consultant, helping thousands of businesses build their brands and create successful working cultures. He serves on the board of directors of the nonprofit organizations Bright Pink and the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation. In 2004, he was the youngest person ever named to the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) Hall of Leaders, In 2011, honored Winn with the Hairdressers Unlocking Hope award, given to individuals in the professional beauty industry who serve as exemplary models of philanthropy, giving back to their communities and to the world with generosity and spirit. Recognizing his leadership of the Paul Mitchell Schools’ annual FUNraising campaign, Friendly House named Winn Humanitarian of the Year, he received Thirst Project’s Vision Award, and American Salon named him one of the top five “Industry Leaders Who Helped Revolutionize Education.”

    “Our great country could not be what it is today without the contributions of immigrants,” Claybaugh said. “I am proud to come from a family of ancestors who sacrificed so much to be in America. My direct ‘roots’ come from beautiful parents who taught me hard work, the importance of family, and the determination to do and be whatever I desired. My upbringing gave me the confidence to come up with wild ideas for making a difference, but every idea needs people who say yes. I humbly acknowledge the wonderful people in my personal and business circles who say yes: without them, not one dollar would have been raised, not one life saved, not one iota of awareness created about what ails our planet, and I would not have been selected to receive this treasured award.”

    The Ellis Island Medal of Honor ranks among the nation’s most renowned awards, recognizing individuals who have made it their mission to share their wealth of knowledge, indomitable courage, boundless compassion, unique talents, and selfless generosity with those less fortunate; all while maintaining the traditions of their ethnic heritage as they uphold the ideals and spirit of America.

    Past recipients have included seven U.S. presidents; Secretaries of State Madeline Albright, Condoleezza Rice, and Hillary Clinton; Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; and other notables such as Nobel Prize recipient Elie Wiesel, artist Vladimir Prodanovich, Bob Hope, Muhammad Ali, Frank Sinatra, Gary Sinise, Rosa Parks, Lee Iacocca, and Quincy Jones, who have all distinguished themselves through their significant philanthropic and humanitarian contributions to this country.

    The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have officially recognized the Ellis Island Medals of Honor as one of our nation’s most prestigious awards, and each year the recipients are listed in the Congressional Record.

    To see the full list of 2017 recipients, please visit



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    CA Womens Conference, May 10–11, 2017

    Do you want to join a growing community of empowered, business-savvy, forward-looking women?

    Are you willing to do what it takes to transform your career, your business, your life? If so, the 2017 California Women's Conference is for you! Join me for this two-day event where some of the world’s top speakers, entertainers, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders will inspire and empower YOU to make great change in the world.

    Over the past 30 years, this annual 2-day event has changed the lives of more than 1 million women. Whether you are leading an organization, a business, a nonprofit, an international movement, or your own family — now YOU, too, can discover the life-changing strategies of some of the world’s leading women — from opinion leaders to industry executives to your favorite celebrities.

    This one-of-a-kind event WILL sell out — it has every year — so don’t miss out! Register now at