The Women's Foundation Honors Memphians Who are Making a Difference
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Hazel G. Moore has spent more than 40 years as a cosmetology professional and licensed instructor. She is a successful businesswoman and the sole proprietor of Hazel’s Hair Fashion. As a trailblazer in the beauty industry, she was appointed by the governor to the State Board of Cosmetology to assist in regulating state laws, a position she held for more than 20 years. Affectionately known as “the Mayor of Whitehaven,” Hazel is often called upon by city leaders to participate in strategic planning meetings to address problems, projects, programs, and initiatives that impact the community. Hazel has been instrumental in the advancement of the Whitehaven community, working with city leaders to aid in the construction of the Whitehaven Branch Library. For the past 20 years, she has sponsored several annual events in the Whitehaven community, has served on a number of boards and committees, and held several leadership positions. Presently she is a member of the Methodist South Healthcare Community Board, Remington College Memphis Campus Advisory Board, the Mayor’s Advisory Board on Education, and is president of the Community Relations Council Board of Dr. Benjamin Hooks Job Corps Center.
What or who motivates you?
“There are so many great children who need help and support and if you have something to give and pass on to others you should. It’s easy for people to say, ‘I can’t’ when it comes to change, but you can if you want to bad enough.”
What’s your greatest challenge?
“Showing [the community] that things can change. Most of the time, people don’t see things changing and trying to motivate people to create change [without seeing results] is hard. I’ve realized that most people don’t like change, but you have to say, ‘C’mon, we can do it together.’ Someone has to take the lead.”
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned?
“Be a good listener. Listen to people and their needs, and you can learn a lot yourself. And working with people — most of the time, I feel like so many people get angry, and anger destroys a lot. You have to stay positive. Stand for whatever you believe in and make it work.”
What’s your proudest moment/greatest reward?
This award was definitely one. It gives me an honor for people to see and understand the challenges you face in trying to make things change. I feel like my work has really let people know that I did it because I loved it and it was needed. There were so many other great women [honored]. It was very special to me that they chose me as one.”
What’s the best advice you ever received?
“I have this little serenity [prayer] that I keep on my mirror that highlights and inspires me because it keeps me focused and I don’t get caught in a standstill: ‘If you can’t change something, then move on and focus on changing the things you can.’”