Determined and passionate about the industry, Brandi Dickerson became a PBA State Captain in August of 2014 with a specific goal in mind: bringing back state-mandated continuing education hours for Maryland beauty professionals.
Dickerson is the Founder and Owner of Bee Chic Imagez in Randallstown, Maryland. On top of her small business, she is a traveling stylist, educator and product ambassador.
Dickerson formed Maryland Cosmetologists United with the goal in mind of bringing back continuing education for beauty professionals. Every month, Maryland stylists, barbers, salon/shop owners gathered to come up with a solution to the lack of continuing education in the state. “I formed this group on a completely volunteer basis. I setup the conference calls, invited industry members to the table and created agendas for the calls,” said Dickerson. “I did not ask my fellow Maryland cosmetologists for donations or money of any kind. We just worked together towards the greater good and to achieve our goal.
Dickerson and the PBA Government Affairs Team worked together to create a petition to circulate in Maryland. The goal was to increase awareness around the issue with Maryland beauty professionals, and secure early support. It also gave the opportunity for beauty professionals to provide their thoughts on what should be included in the bill.
“We decided to keep the petition signatures to Maryland citizens only. While this likely limited us in regards to actual number of signatures, the power behind Maryland citizens standing behind this issue means much more to members of the legislature,” said Bridget Sharpe, PBA Government Affairs Manager.
House Bill 1600 was introduced on February 22, 2017. Dickerson got right to work meeting with key legislators, reaching out to industry partners and working with PBA to send letters of support. The bill moved quickly through the legislature. HB 1600 passed with bi-partisan support in both the Senate and the House of Delegates and was enacted into law in June.
Brandi’s advice? “Make sure you have a passion for the industry. If I didn’t have a passion for education within the beauty industry, I feel like my efforts would be in vain. But I love the beauty industry, and I love education – so why not walk in your purpose and create a movement that people can appreciate later.”