Signature Women’s Networking Luncheon; How to Create Shared Success with Rhoda Olsen, CEO of Great Clips

Rhoda Olsen
Encourage Her Network Signature Event
When: May 15, 2017
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
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Professional women from across the Twin Cities are coming together for our monthly women’s networking luncheons. Join us Monday, May 15th, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota, near the Mall of America for an afternoon of powerful networking.

Make the most of your lunch hour at Encourage Her Network. Network with the Twin Cities’ most encouraging women who are founders, creators, connectors, and women who mean business. Smart women stay connected!

Get to know our keynote speaker!

Rhoda Olsen, CEO of Great Clips, Inc.

A seasoned business leader, Olsen began consulting with Great Clips, Inc. in 1984. These were the early days for this Minnesota-based brand, which opened its first location in 1982. The first franchised Great Clips salon opened in 1983. During her time as a consultant, Olsen helped develop and deliver the brand’s inaugural franchisee orientation program and an operations manual.

Olsen joined the corporate team as vice president of human resources and training in 1987. She also became an owner. Over the years, she assumed additional responsibility for several other functional areas including marketing, communications, operations, and facilities and purchasing. She was named president in 1998 and transitioned to CEO in 2011.

As CEO, Olsen has grown Great Clips from 1,000 salons in 1998 to more than 4,000 salons across the United States and Canada by 2016. During that time, Great Clips also grew system revenues four-fold, increasing from $200 million to more than a billion dollars. Today, Great Clips is the world’s largest salon brand with locations in more than 180 markets across North America. Great Clips, Inc. employs 250 corporate staff.

Olsen used her business acumen and passion to set Great Clips on the road to success, evidenced by more than 49 straight quarters of growth. She is known for her analytical skills and her keen sense of what people need to be successful.

Also known for her down-to-earth style, Olsen is often found serving beverages and snacks to staff and visitors alike. She is rarely seen without a bag of M&M’s® nearby. She is loved by many, including franchisees, their stylists, vendors and Great Clips, Inc.’s 250 corporate employees.

Starting January 1, 2018, Olsen will transition from CEO to vice-chair on the Great Clips board of directors.



  1. Power of Personal Vision
  2. Leadership in Today’s World:  It’s not about having all the answers but about asking the right questions.
  3. Lessons Learned:  Stories from my attempts to balance family, personal development and career growth.

Learn more about the story of Great Clips here!



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