Jane Wurwand is an innovative business visionary who opens doors for global women’s economic empowerment and professional development. She is the co-founder and co-owner of Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute, which are recognized as game-changing brands within the sphere of professional skin care education. Today, Dermalogica products are the number one choice of more than 100,000 professional skin therapists in more than 80 countries worldwide.
In January, 2011, Wurwand founded FITE as part of the Dermalogica Foundation. FITE (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship) is a global women’s entrepreneurial initiative inspired by her three decades of work within the skin care industry where the vast majority of the ownership and work-force is female. Today, FITE works to create pathways to entrepreneurship by providing access to small loans and business resources, supporting education and leadership training, and helping amplify women’s voices around the world.
In 2011, Wurwand spoke before the United Nations (UN) as the keynote speaker regarding the FITE mission to fund 25,000 women-owned small businesses worldwide, championed by Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General for the UN, and returned to the UN in 2012 to participate on a panel that addresses “The Role of Business in Empowering Women.” Surpassing its original two-year mission in less than 18 months, FITE has assisted more than 40,000 women in gaining financial independence. In 2014, Dermalogica’s FITE Sponsorship of the UN Foundation’s work on Innovation and Entrepreneurship began, including its participation at the Global Accelerator conference held at the UN in NYC where Wurwand spoke on the issue of women’s economic empowerment. Wurwand currently serves as a special advisor to the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council, supporting their work with the UN to advance women and girls.
Since 2010, Wurwand has been a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and is part of their Women and Girls Action Committee. Her expertise was highlighted in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Trep Talk”, and in May, 2012, she was named CEO/Business Owner of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal, as part of the publication’s annual recognition program, Women Who Make a Difference. Wurwand is also a frequent Huffington Post blog contributor where she writes on her passion for women in business and entrepreneurship. In the fall of 2014, AOL’s MAKERS: Women Who Make America will be featuring a video on Wurwand’s entrepreneurial journey.
Wurwand is an active Luminary Member of Step Up Women’s Network, a national non-profit which offers life-changing opportunities to at-risk girls. She also lends her expertise to the National Association of Women’s Business Owners, which named Wurwand “Business Woman of the Year” in Los Angeles in 2009. Wurwand mentors graduate students and serves on the Board for the Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at The Anderson School of Business Management UCLA.
Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Wurwand travels year-round as a speaker, and lives and works in Los Angeles, where the global headquarters for their companies are located. She and her husband, Raymond are parents of two teenage daughters.