At Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes, we love working with passionate people. Whether it’s a student, staff member, or educator, there’s nothing better than seeing someone who truly loves what they’re doing. Allison (Alli) Olean, admissions team lead at Aveda Institute Provo, is a stellar example of that kind of devotion.
Growing up, Alli spent a lot of time at the salon/spa where her mother worked as a neuromuscular rehabilitation massage therapist. However, she didn’t really get a taste of the personal, creative side of beauty until she was older. “My mother was very particular about me partaking in the beauty industry,” Alli says. “She wouldn’t allow me to wear makeup, color my hair, get my nails done, etc. until I was a senior in high school. Not being able to experience that world made me so curious.” By the time she was 18, Alli was completely immersed in all things beauty and knew she wanted to pursue a career in the industry.
“I guess you could say [that] being so restricted as a teenager caused my slight obsession as an adult!”
in 2015, Alli enrolled at Aveda Institute Denver in the esthiology program. After graduating, she worked as an admissions advisor at the institute and a spa team lead at an Aveda Lifestyle Salon (Glam at the Grove Aveda Salon and Spa). Working both jobs put her at about 80 hours per week, making it difficult to focus her efforts on either position. She relocated to Aveda Institute Provo in 2018 to be the admissions team lead. This gave her the opportunity to devote 100% of her time to the campus and students.
Dedication to Students
As the admissions team lead, Alli spends her days working with current and prospective students. It’s a busy job with a lot of responsibility and she loves every single minute of it. “[My favorite part of my job] is the connection I have with my students,” she says. “These students have seriously changed my life– the way I see other people, the way I see myself, and the way I view community.” From taking prospective students on tours, answering emails, and reviewing applications, to handling financial aid estimates and actual enrollments, Alli serves as an advocate and resource for students from day one.
Sharing the Aveda Love
When it comes to her love for Aveda schools and the brand as a whole, Alli has no problem sharing her enthusiasm. “What don’t I love about Aveda?” she says. “I love how Aveda integrates wellbeing and philanthropy into an industry that can oftentimes be viewed as vain. I love the products, I love their successful business models, I love their education, I love the way they give back, and I love the culture.” While it’s fantastic that our schools have high completion, licensure, and job placement rates, we also have a friendly, inclusive culture that fosters growth and creativity.
“I truly believe we have the best students in the nation,” Alli says. “We produce salon owners, NAHA and Edwin Neil winners, and New York and London Fashion Week stylists. Inspire Greatness Aveda Institute is incomparable.”
The Aveda North America Artistic Team
Just when we thought our incredible admissions team lead couldn’t get any more impressive, she proved us wrong. After rigorous auditions in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Alli was invited to become part of the Aveda North America Artistic Team! “My goal for being a member of the North America Artistic Team is to create excitement and awareness around what Aveda spa and skin care has to offer,” she says. “Going through auditions in Minnesota was not easy, but it reignited my passion for education and has shifted the way I talk to my students about career goals post-beauty school.” As an Aveda graduate, brand ambassador, and someone with experience in both a treatment room and a classroom, she hopes that her unique perspective can provide insight to the team.
Looking for some inspiration and positivity? Follow Alli on Instagram @allimaebabe!
If you’re interested in any of our programs at Inspire Greatness Aveda Institute, contact us today for more information! We’ve got awesome staff members like Alli at all of our campuses and they’d be more than happy to answer any of your questions. Reach out to us today to learn about pursuing an education in beauty!