Karen Marie Shelton

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Karen Marie Shelton
Born (1951-06-23) June 23, 1951 (age 65)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Karen Marie O'Connor (birth name)
Occupation CEO HairBoutique.com
Known for Long Hair, Hair Expert

Karen Marie Shelton (née O'Connor; born June 23, 1951) is an Internet-based entrepreneur,[1] the CEO and founder of Hairboutique.com, one of the oldest and largest consumer hair portals on the Web. She is also the CEO and co-founder of T&S Software, a telephony software provider of award winning software in the VOIP arena. She has authored more than 2,500 original articles on consumer hair care topics.

Biography[edit]

Background[edit]

Shelton was born and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where she attended Our Lady of Sorrows grade school and Bishop DuBourg High School.[2]

In August 1971, she married Jerry Lee Shelton and moved with him to Triangle, Virginia, near where he was stationed at Fort Belvoir; the couple divorced in 1979.[citation needed]

Education[edit]

In December 1971, Shelton moved back to St. Louis with her husband and resumed her interrupted studies at the University of Missouri where she was a member of the Epsilon Xi chapter of Alpha Xi Delta.[3]

Shelton graduated with a B.A. in Sociology with a concentration on industrial and business sociological topics. Upon graduation she began a career in the software industry focusing on systems engineering and management. She earned an M.A. in Public Policy with a focus on business and economics from St. Louis University in 1975. She completed post-graduate work at Washington University and St. Louis University in Public Policy and Business.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

In 1983, she remarried, in St. Louis, to Michael Thayer. Two years later they moved to Dallas, Texas to pursue business and professional opportunities. Ten years later they founded T&S Software (Telephony & Speech), working closely together until Thayer’s death in 2005. On August 15, 1997, Shelton founded Hairboutique.com to provide consumers with comprehensive hair care information.[citation needed]

Awards[edit]

  • In April 2001, Shelton "was honored at the Working Women's Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards and named Entrepreneur of The Year — Best Employer by Working Women Magazine.[1]
  • In 2001, she was named a "Tech Titan" and "Emerging CEO" by the Technology Business Council. “The Technology Business Council handed out its first set of techTITANS awards - T&S Software's chief executive Karen Shelton received, Emerging Company CEO Award.”[1][4]

Published works[edit]

In addition to the thousands of original articles authored by Karen Shelton on Hairboutique.com, Shelton’s writings on consumer hair care issues are included in Peter Lamas' Dying To Be Beautiful and Hair Profiling.

  • "Fresh Idea! Flower Hair Accessories." Celebrity Hairstyles Presents Cut + Color #53 Vol 1, Issue 1.[5]
  • "Updos Or Updon’ts." Quick & Easy Hairstyling Ideas[6]
  • "27 Step-By-Steps." Quick & Easy Updos: Your Guide To The Sexiest Updos #6[7]
  • "Jennifer Hudson: Steal her Golden Globes' Style." Hair Expo: Your Ultimate Hairstyle Guide #12[8]
  • "Tress RX: Ask The Hair Doctor." Hair Expo: Your Ultimate Hairstyle Guide #12[9]
  • "Dana Delany's Sexy Style." 101 Celebrity Hairstyles #8[10]
  • "Rock Star Style: Miley Cyrus' Tress Success As Hannah Montana." 101 Celebrity Hairstyles #8[11]
  • "Fat Hair: 36 Tricks For Ultimate Volume." 101 Celebrity Hairstyles #8[12]
  • "Salon Treatments: 8 Hair Saving Questions To Ask!" 101 Celebrity Hairstyles #8[13]
  • "Sexy SideSwept Styles – Perfect For Proms & Weddings." 101 Celebrity Hairstyles #8[14]
  • "Tress RX: Ask The Hair Doctor." 101 Celebrity Hairstyles #8[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Pavan Lall (2001-08-27). "Emerging Company CEO Award". DFW TechBiz Journal. 
  2. ^ Entrepreneur Focus by E. Locken, pp. 111-123; ISBN 1-4116-5467-6
  3. ^ Karen Marie Shelton profile (2006-10-25). "Sorority Hair: Memories Of Alpha Xi Delta". HairBoutique newssite. HairBoutique.com. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  4. ^ Sudeep Reddy. "TechTITANS Award." Dallas Morning News. August 30, 2001.
  5. ^ Karen Marie Shelton (2007). "Fresh Idea! Flower Hair Accessories". Celebrity Hairstyles Presents Cut + Color #53 Vol 1, Issue 1. Harris Publications, Inc. ISSN 1058-305X. 
  6. ^ *Karen Marie Shelton (Fall 2002). "Updos Or Updon'ts". Quick & Easy Hairstyling Ideas. New York, New York: Multi-Media International, LLC. ISSN 1465-9077. 
  7. ^ Karen Marie Shelton (June 2004). "27 Step-By-Steps". Quick & Easy Updos: Your Guide To The Sexiest Updos #6. New York, New York: Multi-Media International, LLC. 
  8. ^ Karen Marie Shelton (2007). "Jennifer Hudson: Steal her Golden Globes' style". Hair Expo: Your Ultimate Hairstyle Guide #12. New York, New York: Multi-Media International, LLC. 
  9. ^ Karen Marie Shelton (2007). "Tress RX: Ask The Hair Doctor". Hair Expo: Your Ultimate Hairstyle Guide #12. New York, New York: Multi-Media International, LLC. 
  10. ^ Karen Marie Shelton (2008). "Dana Delany's Sexy Style". 101 Celebrity Hairstyles #8. Tinton Falls, NJ: Multi-Media International, LLC. pp. 56–57. ISSN 1465-9077. 
  11. ^ Karen Marie Shelton (2008). "Rock Star Style: Miley Cyrus' Tress Success As Hannah Montana". 101 Celebrity Hairstyles #8. Tinton Falls, NJ: Multi-Media International, LLC. pp. 58–59. ISSN 1465-9077. 
  12. ^ Karen Marie Shelton (2008). "Fat Hair: 36 Tricks For Ultimate Volume". 101 Celebrity Hairstyles #8. Tinton Falls, NJ: Multi-Media International, LLC. pp. 60–62. ISSN 1465-9077. 
  13. ^ Karen Marie Shelton (2008). "Salon Treatments: 8 Hair Saving Questions To Ask!". 101 Celebrity Hairstyles #8. Tinton Falls, NJ: Multi-Media International, LLC. pp. 72–73. ISSN 1465-9077. 
  14. ^ Karen Marie Shelton (2008). "Sexy SideSwept Styles – Perfect For Proms & Weddings". 101 Celebrity Hairstyles #8. Tinton Falls, NJ: Multi-Media International, LLC. pp. 84–86. ISSN 1465-9077. 
  15. ^ *Karen Marie Shelton (2008). "Tress RX: Ask The Hair Doctor". 101 Celebrity Hairstyles #8. Tinton Falls, NJ: Multi-Media International, LLC. pp. 64–65. ISSN 1465-9077. 

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