The Sealy Lodge of Herman Sons Life presented Angela Leschper of Sealy with the Humanitarian Award at their Christmas meeting on Dec. 21.
Leschper has traveled all over the world for Farouk Systems since 1993. She's been a hair stylist for the Miss Universe organization and has traveled to Vietnam, the Bahamas and other locations to style hair for Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants.
She has held many jobs in the Farouk Systems organization including Educator, Platform Artist, Student Mentor and Stage Manager. Most recently she has worked as on-site manager for the new Esquire Men’s Grooming line at all the major hair shows across the United States.
This year in Cancun at Farouk Systems International Conference, Angela received the CHI Schools Educator of the Year Award. She was also awarded The Honorary Legend Award.
When at home, she has a shop in Diane’s Hair Design on Main Street in Sealy and volunteers for local organizations she loves.
Leschper has been a part of Peters Hall since birth. Her father was the bar manager for 40 years and her mom held the office of treasurer when they opened up the membership to women.
“This was my first glimpse of teamwork and how important it is in any organization or life,” said Leschper. “Everyone comes together to accomplish the end goal. No one person can do it alone.”
Leschper is a very active member in the production of the annual Mother’s Day BBQ at Peters Hall.
In her travels for the Farouk Systems school program, Leschper had the opportunity to visit quite a few small towns. The ones that were flourishing had started their revitalization with implementing the Main Street USA program.
She was on a committee created to make the Main Street USA program in Sealy a reality. This program helped to build awareness in the community of the importance of preserving small-town heritage.
She is also active with the Sealy Historical Society. The Ghost Tours were what brought her into the group, but the Spring 1920 Fashion Show was an event where she could utilize her talents best.
In the CHI Schools program Leschper mentors students across the country in a three-day event at their school. At the end of one training event, she selected two students who were then flown to a major hair show to perform on stage. They also had the opportunity to be selected to go to Cancun for five days to perform in front of an audience of 3,000 people from all over the world. She took four students to Cancun in 2013, 2015 and 2017.
Leschper had many mentors along the way. Patsy Jones at Sealy High School was her cosmetology instructor; Patsy Marek, her first salon. Xenon of Clearly Xenon International opened the doors to the world to her. But perseverance and the willingness to learn new things keeps the doors opening.
“When you are able to open doors for others, that is the best part of life,” Leschper said. “To give back all and more than you received.”