This is the 3rd and final part of my series featuring interviews with Women Pharmacists who have businesses in the beauty space. Today’s episode is an interview with Dr. Leslie Hodge. Dr. Dimple Gandhi kicked off the series July 8, 2022 in episode 160. (Thank you Dimple for inspiring me to create this series!) Dr. Danielle Perrodin was my guest on part 2 of the series on July 15, 2022 in episode 161.
Thank you Dimple, Danielle, and Leslie for making it a great series!! ♥️♥️♥️
Thank you for listening to episode 162 of The Pharmacist’s Voice ® Podcast!
Who said a woman could not love pharmacy and fashion?
Well, if they said it, then they have not met Dr. Leslie Hodge – the pharmacist, who is also known as Elle Renée, the personal stylist and image consultant.
Elle Renée, founder and lead stylist of Hoosier Stylist &
Image Consultant, is no stranger to fashion. She uses her eye for fashion to help entrepreneurs, experts, and executives reflect their ambition, brilliance and confidence, in style.
Some of Elle Renée’s clients can be found dispensing medication, on pages of magazines, speaking on stages, teaching at universities, leading meetings in the boardroom and in the community creating opportunities for others to excel personally and professionally.
Links from this episode
LinkedIn Profile for Dr. Leslie Hodge https://www.linkedin.com/in/leslie-hodge/
LinkedIn Profile for Dr. Danielle Perrodin https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-danielle-perrodin-4a8377138/
Dr. Dimple Gandhi’s Linkedin Profile: linkedin.com/in/dimple-gandhi-95ba07108
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Highlights from our conversation
Hoosier Stylist and Image Consultant is the name of Leslie’s business. It’s a play on words. “Hoosier” is a nickname for a person from Indiana. Leslie is a personal stylist and image consultant from Indiana.
Her services focus on clothing, shoes, jewelry, and outerwear recommendations for men and women. She also gives recommendations for hairstyles and nail colors.
🌈 Leslie’s favorite thing to help people with is discovering that they can wear color. She loves introducing people to different color palettes/different patterns so that they are comfortable wearing color.
Clients find Leslie online and via referrals. Services are provided online, however, clients in the Indianapolis area may be able to meet up in-person.Many of Leslie’s clients have been pharmacists and healthcare professionals. She understands their pain points, like standing for long periods of time, wearing a long-sleeved lab coat, and dressing in a professional manner.
💥 Clothes can be transformational. Wearing a favorite color or fabric can make a client feel more comfortable and confident. Clothes can also help a person transition from personal time to work mode. For example, when you travel to work, you can wear heels or a fashionable shoe. Then, you can change to a more supportive shoes when your work shift begins. Shoes can transform a person’s mindset.
In the year 2022, many pharmacists would like to change jobs. One thing they may need is a professional-looking headshot. A great question to ask yourself about your headshot is, “What do I want to say without saying a word at all?” Other questions you may want to ask yourself:
📸 What headshot pictures online do I like?
📸 Which poses do I like?
📸 Do I want a traditional picture, or do I want to do something out-of-the-box?
📸 Can I maintain my look, or am I getting all glammed up? (Don’t be deceptive.)
📸 Does my headshot look like the same person who will show up for the interview? (And the first day on the job or the 100th day on the job?) Be consistent.
Social media was intended to connect people. People who are connected to you want to see the pro headshot and the casual pictures with no makeup and casual clothes. Don’t just show the highlights. Show the whole spectrum of you!
There are invisible expectations about how women pharmacists should dress. I commented that sometimes, pharmacists [and people in general] need permission to do something. Leslie pointed out that we are attached to other people’s rules and expectations. Don’t live by someone else’s limitations. Take the limits off yourself! It’s ok to be you! A lot of pharmacists are scared of color and stepping outside of the box when it comes to finding their style or embracing their style. It’s ok to bring your personality into how you dress. Change the expectation of how you’re going to show up.
Success stories are awesome! Leslie shared how she started her first website and helped her first client. She has a true passion for helping people look their best!
🔢 Pharmacists love numbers. When asked how much she works as a traditional, clinical pharmacist, Leslie responded, “0%.” She works about 40% as a personal style and image consultant and 60% as an educator.
Leslie is an Adjunct Professor at Vincennes University’s Early College Program. She teaches Personal Health, Multicultural Health, and Public Health.
Leslie also trains CPhT’s at Emerge Learning Institute LLC. Emerge Learning Institute is a Certified Pharmacy Technician Training School. The program is 16 weeks long and is approved by the Indiana Board of Pharmacy. It’s in-person and online. She teaches soft skills in addition to a traditional curriculum.
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