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Saville Warren

The Vault Beauty and Tattoo Company

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Biggest Influence
My grandmother, Diane Routh was my biggest professional influence. She served on the Tri-lakes board of realtors and was loved and respected by many of her peers. She built her business by doing the right thing by people, many times by thinking outside of the box. I grew up hearing stories of colleagues cutting corners or manipulating situations only for their benefit, but her integrity never wavered. She was one of the most selfless, giving women with her time and finances, all while running multiple offices and raising four children on her own. Watching her develop strong business relationships, encourage and support others, and protect her family set a high bar for me to live up to.

Leadership Lessons
If you are not moving forward, you’re falling behind. Continuing education is incredibly important to me. Our industry is always changing, and I constantly pursue educational opportunities to ensure that I am offering the most up-to-date services, techniques and safety practices to expand my business.

Don’t talk about it, be about it. Goalsetting is an important part of any business. It’s always been a priority to set goals and achieve them on the road to pursuing my passion.

Integrity means doing the right thing even when no one is looking. I wouldn’t say that it is difficult to do the right thing but feeling pressured to be in the “right rooms” is a common occurrence. What you do and who you associate your business with has a larger impact than we often consider. We strive to always maintain integrity with our products/vendors and also with those with whom we choose to positively influence.

Personal Leadership Style
• Transparent - Those I work with always know that I am an open book, and I will do anything to maintain open, honest communication.
• Adaptable - From new techniques, ever changing environments and social climates, to working with different personalities, I keep an open mind and try to look at the heart of any circumstance to navigate those situations to show grace and yield the most positive outcome facilitating growth.
• Down to Earth - It’s easy to look at someone and say they must really have it all together. I try to meet people where they are and give them insight to the struggles of being a young woman and mother in a primarily male dominated industry. I often tell them I’ve made a lot of mistakes and failed many times to give the appearance of being polished. They’ll actually learn more from things I’ve tried and gotten wrong at first than they anticipate. We’re forever learning together, and we all had to start somewhere.

Challenges for Female Leaders
An obstacle that is common for female business leaders is the assumption that due to how we look, we are able to gain a position of power or success more easily. This is absolutely not the case. I will say experiencing less than basic respect, being told we are less capable, and sexual harassment are regular and common occurrences that women in leadership have to face and overcome.

Advice for Aspiring Leaders
Ask yourself what you wanted to be when you were a child. You often have a passion from a young age and as we get older, the world tells you that’s not possible or that it’s unrealistic. Never let someone else tell you that you can’t. Life is too short to wonder what might have been or to live with regret. There is never a good or perfect time. Follow your dream now, don’t wait for time to pass you by. Life is so much fuller when you love what you do.

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