Theresa Huang has been in the beauty industry for the last 35 years. Her initial years centred around the training of various levels of staff in the beauty industry. She was formally the Managing Director of L’Oreal Singapore
. Over the course of her career so far, Theresa has acquired wide and varied experience in Marketing and Business Development, particularly in the introduction of new brands as well as penetration of new markets with full profit accountability, HR, staff relations and staff development. Her particular strength is in establishing extensive brand representation and effective strategies on increasing market share. She has had considerable exposure to the South East Asian and ASEAN region.
Since early 2007, Theresa has taken her wealth of experience and moved on to provide consultancy services in both distribution of cosmetics and beauty products as well as spa and hospitality services in the region.
Her passion for professionalism in the beauty and spa industry, together with her strong desire to contribute to achieving high standards in the beauty and wellness industry, led her to establish ‘Urban Beauty Academy’. This prestigious centre of learning in Singapore aims to provide a complete and holistic approach to professional training for beauty and spa therapists, thus the adoption of its tag-line “Defining Beauty Professionals”. This approach is strongly supported by “Spa-preneurs” and salon owners who are greatly in need of such well trained professional therapists, not forgetting the many individuals, who may be interested in being trained in certain wellness areas just for personal leisure and self fulfilment.
Theresa has trained many management and beauty professionals and has successfully advised on various business development and growth strategies including the injection of new and creative ideas in line with market trends.
With Urban Beauty Academy, Theresa has also been able to assemble a host of well known personalities from hairdressers, to fashion designers, psychologists, just to name a few, to provide the best expertise, wholesome and varied training at the Academy. She hopes that this will provide the required supply of better qualified and well trained therapists for Hair, Beauty & Spa operators, which in turn will raise the bar in the beauty & wellness industry. This will further strengthen our national objective of providing the necessary human resources that will fuel the needs and growth of the tourist industry in Singapore and ASEAN.
Theresa further believes strongly in providing all our course participants with the required soft-skills emphasising particularly on customer and client care as well as effective communication skills which are key factors required in attaining excellence in service quality. The training of such skills is also being extended to all in the retail and service sectors of our economy.
As a practitioner, training has been Theresa’s first love. Urban Beauty Academy has provided her the opportunity (together with all the “top gurus”) to share and transmit realistic and effective theoretical and practical know-how to the next generation of wellness & beauty personnel in the industry.
In 2007, Theresa and Urban Beauty Academy partnered with the Style Coaching Institute® to pioneer Style Coaching™ in Asia. The introduction of Style Coach™ courses in Asia
saw Singapore confidently leading the way into the future with Theresa at the helm. Today, Style Coaching™ is seen as a prestigious, premium and sought-after brand in the Singapore context, and the trained Style Coaches™ are working with some of the top brands, companies and government departments in Asia.