My name is Mandana, and Iā€™m the CEO of ZibaHub. The idea for ZibaHub was born out of a deeply personal connection to the beauty industry.

When my mother was coming to the United States from Iran, she decided to become a beauty professional; she knew this skillset was globally recognized and she could rely on it to support her family. After years of building her presence as a beauty professional in America, my mom asked for my help in relocating her skincare services to a new salon. I was surprised to find that there was no centralized platform for beauty and wellness professionals to look for jobs and workspaces, exchange ideas, and maintain a professional portfolio.

Recently, I was driving down the street and I saw a 'Stylist Wanted' sign on the side of the road. I can't think of any other industry where professionals are required to obtain an education, pass an exam, and work under highly regulated conditions, yet their jobs are being posted on street corners.

As a tech executive, I've had access to professional networking tools like LinkedIn for over a decade. I find it deeply unsettling that beauty professionals ā€“ many of whom are women, immigrants, and members of other underrepresented groups-  lack the same career enablement resources and community benefits that those in tech have been enjoying for years. I became so bothered by this discrepancy that I decided to leave my job and focus on creating a solution. 

My team and I are so excited to make ZibaHub available to you. We hope that you will download the app, use it to enrich your career, and help expand the Ziba network by inviting your peers to join the Hub.