Black Women in Business CREATING THE LIFE THEY WANT!
Ready, set, glow! LaVonndra Johnson, aka the Beaute Boss, founded her skincare line, Elle Johnson, with two words in mind: black and bold. We all know when it comes to being a black woman, quality and catered beauty brands is not always available to us on a smooth surface. Johnson not only saw the lack of representation among products, but she also saw a need to boost black women’s self-confidence in general. Embracing the skin you’re is a major key in feeling your best. No amount of make-up can make up the beam you radiate from a healthy skincare routine, and thankfully, Elle Johnson is dedicated to providing skincare options that will enhance your beautiful skin. We’d like to introduce you to LaVonndra, Queen of Serving Face!
Excellent things come in three, and we have three amazing queens we’d like to introduce you to. Christina Esposito, Bajunki’s dope and fierce founder, is in her bag (while providing several cute ones to others!) in Atlanta, Georgia. Nethdra Fairley is using her company, The Advocates, to encourage communities to stand up and stand out for various social awarenesses in Chicago, Illinois, by “wearing” their truth. Iyana Laws is using her brand, Yoni Love, to encourage and embrace self-love by creating powerful (and gorgeous!) waistbeads. Let’s clap once...twice...three times for these dazzling ladies! We’d like for you to meet Christina, Queen of Securing The Bag; Nethdra, Queen of Expression; and Iyana, Queen of Good Energy.
Jesus drank wine, but was it blood orange with a hint of apple? …..and if Nicole Kearney has any say in it, there’s some for everyone! Let’s raise a toast to Sip & Share Winery, a brilliant VEGAN winery that is dedicated to keeping our glasses (and hearts!) full. Nicole has hosted plenty of wine tastings in her town of Indianapolis, IN, but she grew tired of seeing the lack of representation in the wine community. Well, viola: this wine enthusiast founded Sip & Share Winery, which works to expose wine culture to the black community by highlight black winemakers, hosting wine tastings, and producing excellent wine with rich, blended, cultured backgrounds. We’ll have another round of black inclusion, thank you very much. Cheers to Nicole because, hello...we love wine too! Pour us up sis. We invite you to meet Nicole Kearney, Queen of Wine!
Few things are more powerful than a black woman who has said, “Move, I’ll do it.” Entrepreneur Denise Woodard deserves all the cookies in the world for starting Partake Foods, the delicious, vegan cookies that are providing dietary solutions and an excellent taste. This New Jersey mom was looking to take on the food allergies her young daughter faces. Denise grew tired of looking for safe alternatives; nothing was making the cut. In true boss-like form, she stepped up to the plate and crafted up her own healthy snack. Can’t take the heat? Move over and let this cookie queen get to bakin’ up some solutions! We invite you to meet Denise Woodard, Queen of Healthy Snacking!
The life of a woman can get pretty busy. Whether it’s juggling work-life demands, taking care of kids or balancing social life, you deserve to still look great doing it. Now, with on the go lifestyles, beauty product awareness is sometimes overlooked. Luckily, LaKeisha Entsuah owner of Elements of Aliel in Lansdale, PA has done the hard part and created a line of healthy beauty products through her business Elements of Aliel. After giving birth and struggle with fertility, LaKeisha used her pharmaceutical manufacturing experience to create products that were free of toxins and harmful chemicals. She attributes motherhood to helping her understand the care of oneself as well as care of the baby. She’s a believer that a better self-care routine can enhance your life. In the spirit of healing from the inside out meet LaKeisha, the Queen of Aliel!
Celebrate every moment with a cupcake AND add some sprinkles, AND bling AND a smile as big as the one Mignon Francois has on the front page of her colorful and mouth-watering website. She basically makes you want a full order of red velvets with a side of icing please. On a whim to help her family during the recession, Mignon decided to have a bake sale to help her family. Without any experience, she invested what to had and turned it into a 10 Million Dollar Cupcake company in Nashville, TN and New Orleans, LA. Can we say GOALS?! This woman did not let up and we love the “never satisfied” mentality! We celebrate her for making struggle boating seem endurable with a little tenacity and will power! And you know what they say…… you give a black woman a little something and she’ll turn it into everything! We don’t want to spill all of Migon’s tea in her interview so we take 10 steps back and invite you to meet the Queen of the Cupcake Legacy!
With the perfect combination of therapy and yoga, Devyn Walkers fuses her brutal honesty and her real world experience to bring you a host of self-love advice and actionable items. Witnessing the aftermath of her own father's suicide, Devyn became home to negative thoughts and devastating behavior. Through yoga and counseling, Devyn was able to receive the gift of healing and is now able to give to others. With adding her own millennial twist, Devyn is able to advocate for suicide/mental health awareness in a way that’s authentic and relatable. Her blog is here to encourage you and let you know that it’s okay to be HUMAN, even if that means bumping Cardi B on the way to meditation class. We invite you to meet Devyn Walker from Dallas, TX, the queen of heaven sent!
Are you introverted and cool? Are you someone who shys away from people, but can work a room at the same time? Do you think you’re misunderstood and lovable all in one? Well, honey...Marsha Badger may be your new best friend! She’s a creatively charged introvert that’s navigating the city of New York as a freelance journalist and naturalista. She wholeheartedly believes that we have the power to write our stories. She believes we can all win. Her blog, Introvert N the City has advice for dating, love, networking and business. Infused with her original style, her blog breaks down all of the introverted myths and offers strategies about staying in the game! We personally loved the, Textrovert article,…. which basically confirms that our communication skills may need a little a tweaking, LOL. We invite you to meet the Queen of Introvert!
When you have an idea, it’s better to just go for it. That’s what Shae Harris in #DallasTexas owner of @SNHSkincare did. She decided NO MORE to products not good for her skin and created her own! She pulls inspiration from the people around her and as one of the sponsors for our The Affirmation Summit we can’t be more proud! Shae Harris partnered with our DIY Facial Spray class to teach women how to look in the mirror and affirm themselves when getting ready. Women created their own facial sprays and used SNH Skincare to nourish their skin! With scents like Vanilla Coconut, Orange Kiss and Stress Relief, you’re sure to find your “flava” and if you have commitment issues, the sample pack will be perfect for you. So yes this is a plug! ...but we wouldn’t steer you wrong. Meet the Queen of Skin!
We all can fall in love with a multi-use product. Granted, the owner of said products has the product education to match, then it’s heaven on earth. As the Ultimate Sponsor of our first annual Affirmation Summit, Aisha Crump, has been in the industry for over 12 years working behind the scenes. She’s done it all, from manufacturing to product development and after journeying from engineering and landing in the beauty industry, Aisha took a leap and started the Honey Baby natural hair and skin care brand. Aisha said launching a family brand was a unique concept, because there’s a little something for everyone. Now, her brand Honey Baby has made its way to the shelves of national retailers!
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