Sharon Riser is Director and Co-Owner of The Temple a Paul Mitchell Partner School located in Frederick, MD. With over 17 years of experience in the beauty industry, Sharon also serves as a school consultant for Paul Mitchell Advance Education and actively contributes to  focus groups, newsletters , etc.  in the Paul Mitchell Network.

Sharon is also actively involved in her local community working with her organization and students to make a difference volunteering with countless nonprofit causes from cancer research to helping with the homeless to the Boys & Girls Club and Children’s Miracle Network among many others. She is a member of the Women’s Giving Circle, Rotary Club of Carroll Creek and Tivilio Society the Weinberg Center for the Arts.

She has been married for over 15 years to her husband and business partner Charles Riser and is mother to two young boys.

Battling stress? Any advice?

The key to less stress in my life is going to the gym, and my husband and I both take our children. The boys get to see the value of healthy living and they also get to enjoy being active with basketball and other activities at the gym for their age group. Also every Wednesday is date night for my husband and I. That is truly our sacred time. We make dinner, go out and catch up. We do talk business, but some of the best ideas have came from those nights and great communication. Your relationship with your husband is the example you show your children everyday. Also my three dear friends are essential. We all own our own businesses, have children and yet all volunteer and give back to the community. We have the utmost respect for each other and make sure  that each month we connect via lunch or at events.


Over the years, how have you learned to balance career and motherhood?

I am blessed with two beautiful boys Bailey (11) and Gavin ( 5) as well as a great husband who is also a great dad. We have been fortunate because when my mother retired a few years ago, we were able to hire her part time as a role in our company and she also helps with school pick up  caring for the boys while we are working or out of town. My mother in law is also a huge part of our success. Her life is all about her two grandchildren — every Wednesday she picks them up from school and they stay the night with her. (They have a room at her house which is a few blocks from our home.)  We simply would not be successful if it was not for these amazing women.

I think the balance comes into play with being organized. My husband and I design our work schedule in such a way that we take turns working from home when the boys are not in school. Their soccer games, school off days, events and such are all planned out a year in advance, and both my husband and I use Google calendars so we always know what is going on. Also, working for a company like Paul Mitchell where they believe in putting your family first, has been essential to our family unit. Because of that culture, there have been many events and trips that our children have been able to attend with us.


Is there one particular parenting lesson you’ve learned about raising kids?

You do not arrange your life around your child’s schedule, you incorporate your child into your life.

Both of our children were taken to restaurants, movies, social functions, traveled on planes and were constantly around our friends and colleagues as babies. They learned manners, as well as how to treat people that take care of you. The one thing I am most proud of is the compliments I get on how kind , caring, and polite my children are from strangers. My secret? Children tend to act up when they are bored and you’ll  always find my Kate Spade bag full of hot wheels and power rangers not to mention a bevy of  kid friendly app’s on my phone. 


Tools or products you can’t live without?

My laptop, iPhone, & iPad! Being able to remote access to my school and being able to be connected at all times is important for me. I would rather check in each day if I am off, then wait a week to check hundreds of emails. My boys each have an iPad and are always trying to show me new games or get me to play along with them. Also they have recently discovered iTunes which is fun being able to dance around with them and see what music they like. When I travel out state , I Skype to connect with them.

Do you have an inspirational quote, motto or philosophy you can share with us?

“Successful people do the things unsuccessful people don’t want to do.” – John Paul Dejoria

My philosophy is life and business is all about relationships. It is all about what you do with them because you never know when that person will step back into your life. Show gratitude and kindness, say thank you,  and send a hand written thank you note. ( Not email!!) The power of the written word means you cared that much more to tell them.


Favorite resources, books, or website?

Every Beauty Industry Magazine  (Launch Pad, Salon Today, American Salon, Modern Salon) and any fashion magazine (Allure, Vogue, Elle and especially the European Magazines). I love the books written about Starbucks, Neil Ducoff Monday Morning Wake Up ( he also does a great weekly newsletter about leadership), and books on biographies and successful business. Websites I can’t live without –  CNN, Facebook, Piper lime, CNN Money, USA Today and People magazine ( my daily dose of Hollywood gossip!).


What are you passionate about?

Passionate about making a difference through my business as well as personally. I’m also very passionate about my family. In school at age 18 I was told I would not go to far, and why would I want to go into a field like fashion? Had I listened to all those that told me what I could not do, I would not be where I am. Everyday I have the amazing opportunity to mentor over 150 young women and place them in a industry that has made me the successful business women I am today. As I tell them, “Divorce those that tell you YOU CAN’T and surround yourself with those that KNOW YOU CAN.”


Connect with her:

Websites: The Temple: A Paul Mitchell Partner School