Friday 21st September, 16:30
Founder and CEO of The Rodial Group, Maria Hatzistefanis, will be in conversation with Lucy Walker, discussing building a business and her book ‘How to be an Overnight Success’
“London-based beauty entrepreneur, Maria Hatzistefanis, founded her ground-breaking skincare group, Rodial, in 1999 by identifying a niche for treatments targeted to specific skin concerns. With a growing global beauty empire, her results-oriented products excite with evocative tongue-in-cheek names such as Dragon’s Blood and Snake Serum. There are 2 brands – Rodial, and Nip + Fab – sold through 20,000 doors across 35 countries worldwide including Saks Fifth Avenue, Space NK, Harvey Nichols and Harrods. Today, the cutting-edge products are available in the most prestigious stores around the world, while high profile celebrities such as Kylie Jenner and Sofia Richie fronting the brands campaigns.
In 2014, Hatzistefanis expanded Rodial with a makeup collection and an exclusive sculpting bar and counter in London’s Harvey Nichols. She pioneered the concept of communicating with the consumer in the digital age via social media with her own social media handle @mrsrodial, with over 1 million followers across Instagram, Twitter and Youtube. She is also the executive producer and star of the docu-series “The Mrs Rodial project”, about the drama and glamour of the world of beauty, fashion and celebrities.
Maria started her career as a beauty writer before moving to New York where she received an MBA from Columbia Business School. After a stint in corporate finance at Salomon Brothers, first in New York and then London, she followed her passion and instinct for beauty by founding Rodial.
Maria has become a respected and sought-after opinion- leader. Her point-of-view attracts followers both online and off, and she is increasingly in demand to speak at fashion, business and digital conferences such as her latest appearance at London’s Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design, Web Summit, Fashion Tech Forum, WWD Digital and most recently being the keynote speaker at Foundermade.
Along with speaker events, Maria is also known for her mentoring and entrepreneurial guidance, where most recently she was a judge for the BFC Vogue fashion fund, as well as guest appearances as a mentor on US fashion series, aired on Lifetime TV, Project Runway: Fashion Startup. Maria also be appeared as a guest mentor at the Project Runway: All Stars in Fall 2017.
Maria’s latest venture is the launch of her first book – How To Be An Overnight Success. Exploring Maria’s journey so far, the book provides insights into how she built and began her brands and the challenges and fun that she encountered along the way. The book was a huge success with it becoming a best-seller on Amazon.”