Heather Packer, a New York City hair stylist with over a decade of experience, is the founder of Fearless Beauty, a non-profit organization to empower women in India through beauty education and empowerment, which launched in October 2014. Her background melds business, beauty and interestingly, yoga, giving her an innate interest in the history and culture of India and its people.
Packer received a business degree from St. Thomas University and attended beauty school, both in Miami, before moving to New York City to begin her career. In just three years her career had taken flight, honing her skills at Bumble & Bumble and assisting the acclaimed stylist Jimmy Paul. Working alongside Paul, she styled fashion shows in New York, Paris and Milan; worked with celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Kate Hudson, Keira Knightley and Cate Blanchett and executed editorial shoots for the industry's most prominent magazines: Vogue, Italian Vogue, French Vogue and ID.
In 2007, Packer began working at Cutler Salon as a stylist, eventually deepening her role at the salon by creating the editorial hair styling curriculum for incoming and prospective stylists. As an innate educator, she was fulfilled by this additional role to teach incoming stylists both the technical and social skills required in the hair industry.
In the course of pursuing her professional career, Packer led a fervent yoga practice, even completing three yoga teacher trainings with Yoga Works and Conquering Lion in New York City and one in India. It was in the seven years practicing that she began to realize the importance of volunteer work. From 2011 to 2014, she co-led service-based yoga retreats to India and led the creation of a fund to create a vocational center for impoverished Indian teenagers, both women and men.
In spring 2014, the idea for Fearless Beauty came to her. ``One day I asked myself what I would do if I was not afraid. This program was the answer,`` Packer said. ``I am passionate about the personal and economic empowerment of young women and I had been looking for a way to use my craft and love of teaching to make a difference.``
In early 2015, Packer traveled to Rishikesh to launch the inaugural class of Fearless Beauty, a three-month vocational program, based on a tailored version of Cutler's haircutting curriculum. She volunteered her time to teach hair cutting, hair styling, and hair care to ten teenage girls.
``My vision was to launch a program that inspires other hairdressers across the country to volunteer and teach,`` said Packer. ``The skills hairstylists use every day are universal. People around the world can learn this trade and become empowered, and economically self-sufficient. Sharing our skills can make a difference.``
Danielle CorcioneFounding Board Member
Danielle’s leadership is grounded in service. Since 2012 Danielle has served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey where she focuses on healthcare and government fraud prosecutions. Prior to this she was Senior Privacy Counsel with Avon Products and held associate positions at two international law firms, White & Case LLP and Linklaters LLP.
An active volunteer, Danielle has applied her skills and leveraged her resources to support local and global goodwill initiatives. Since 2008 she has served on the leadership council (formerly advisory board) for the Young Women’s Leadership Network. She is also a member of the NYC Bar Association, Women in the Legal Profession Committee. Valued for her professional versatility, Danielle is a natural collaborator who also thrives on independence. Her expert abilities in strategy, organization, and problem solving lend themselves seamlessly to charitable and corporate initiatives. Danielle is honored to be a part of Fearless Beauty and is grateful to use her legal background to help empower others.
Danielle is an honors graduate from University of Massachusetts Amherst and earned her law degree from New York Law School, where she also graduated with honors.
Eve Simonsen MartinezFounding Board Member
With strong ties to the creative community and a dynamic commitment to strategic development, Eve Simonsen Martinez excels as director of events for Three Kings Restaurant Group, which includes TALDE, Carrino Provisions, Thistle Hill, and Pork Slope. Prior to this role she was a founding employee of the mission-driven event production and marketing firm Agent of Change, where she rose from managing director to director of events. At Agent of Change Eve developed and produced events for international leaders and global nonprofits such as Johns Hopkins University, Tibet House US, Lower Eastside Girls Club, Equality Now and the Headstrong Project, among several others.
Before moving to New York in 2004, she served as coordinating arts and entertainment editor at the Philadelphia Weekly and ignited her career in event planning as part of Squarebiz, a small startup company headed by Ahmir ``?uestlove`` Thompson of The Roots. Eve also produced various musical events in the greater Philadelphia area, including a 2002 NBA All-Star showcase, album release parties, and tastemaker soirees with the likes of Common, Eve, DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Premier, and Pete Rock.
Eve's professional scope has also included community-focused endeavors and forays into mind-body connectivity. She is a certified holistic health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and graduated from Dharma Mittra's intensive yoga teacher training in 2005.
Eve volunteers regularly throughout the New York City area and has worked extensively, as an activist and consultant, with Donna Karan's Urban Zen Foundation.
Rachel BodtBoard Member
With over a decade in the New York City beauty industry, colorist Rachel Bodt’s wide-ranging expertise and creativity has earned her a distinguished portfolio and clientele including celebrities, designers, models and some of the industry’s leading magazines. Rachel has become the go-to colorist for many editorial stylists including Peter Gray, Didier Malige, James Pescis, as well as working closely with all artists represented by Home Agency.
Rachel also takes clients at Cutler Salon, where she is sought after for her distinct craft and style. She has an innate ability to understand her clients’ needs and translate them into distinct, cutting edge style: pushing the limits but retaining the clients’ natural beauty.
Her work has been featured on celebrities and models including Tilda Swinton for Nars, Carrie Underwood for Almay, Olivia Wilde for Revlon, Kate Moss for British Vogue and Karlie Kloss forAmerican Vogue, among others. Designers of top runway shows including Badgley Mischka and Meadham Kirchoff and top brands such as Saint Lauren and Rag & Bone have completed their trendsetting looks with Rachel’s vision.
Rachel’s work has been featured internationally in editorial spreads from W Magazine to Vogue and CR Fashion Book by Carine Roitfeld, and she has been featured as a celebrity stylist in magazines such as Nylon, Teen Vogue, Glamour and Lucky.
Samantha BrownBoard Member
Samantha Brown uses a positive attitude, masterful skill, and refreshing insight to support people and organizations on journeys of transformation. She was born, raised, and educated in Michigan. She earned a BA in Organizational Communication with emphasis on training, strategic planning, and public sector resource and talent development. She earned an MA in Dispute Resolution with emphasis on conflict in the workplace, individual conflict coaching, and intercultural conflict resolution. She holds several professional certifications including those in mediation, coaching, advanced facilitation, and meditation/yoga instructions. She has called Greater Seattle her home since 2006.
Brown spent several years working with United Ways across the country where she honed her skills in outcome measurement, volunteer management, group facilitation, and listening and responding to the voice of the community. She credits her years with United Way to her ability to lead with logic, heart, and humor. Brown transitioned to the workforce development system where she addressed complex community needs in collaboration with high profile funders, elected officials, business and nonprofit executives, regional leaders, and community residents and stakeholders. She contributed to bringing $70 million of grants into her community to provide employment, education, housing, and other critical human services. Brown currently works within a human resources department at a community college where she trains, coaches, and supports hundreds of faculty and staff. She also contributes to strategic planning and change management and leads several equity and inclusion efforts through a blending of intercultural development and social justice strategies.
Over her twenty year nonprofit and higher education career Brown has seen the powerful result of standing together and using our most authentic gifts to celebrate difference and build pathways to opportunity and understanding. In whatever work she does Brown aims to understand, include, and be an agent of transformation in the lives of others.
Una FogartyBoard Member
Una Fogarty is a co-founder of Opis Partners, a woman owned real estate development company in NYC. She started Opis to combine her extensive experience in international financial markets with her long-term interests in urban economic development and thoughtful design and form. Previously, Una worked at Goldman Sachs in New York for 15 years, most recently as a Managing Director within the Securities Division, managing a top-performing foreign exchange sales team. Well regarded for her deep and thorough financial knowledge,Una was able to address a wide range of client needs and matters in international fixed income and currency markets. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Una was a Vice President of Fixed Income Derivatives Marketing at UBS Securities and an Investment Banking Financial Analyst at Lehman Brothers.
Una is an active member of her community and is delighted to be part of the Fearless Beauty Team. She was inspired to action by Heather Packer and the other members of Fearless Beauty who created a model to empower impoverished women with tangible skills. She also currently serves as a Board Member of the Friends of St. Luke’s School, an endowment fund for the St. Luke’s School in New York. Previously, Una was the Chair of the Board of the Youth Advocacy Center in Manhattan, an organization dedicated to helping foster care children in the US. She also served as a Board Member of the Washington Market Park in New York.
Una holds an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics from Kenyon College. She also studied and worked in Tokyo, Japan.