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  • BrownGirlsLove Power 2018

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    BrownGirlsLove POWER Day Presented by Toyota

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  • About Us

    We're on a mission to empower and inspire women of color to embrace their purpose, one day at a time.

    BrownGirlsLove POWER Day 

    What Is It?

    Created to empower and inspire millennial women of color, the BrownGirlsLove brand (powered by the editors of LoveBrownSugar) will kick 2018 off with a special POWER Day on Saturday, January 6th. With the goal of providing tools and inspiration to young female professionals, BrownGirlsLove POWER Day provides an exclusive group of movers & shakers the opportunity to go above and beyond for the new year!


    The day conference features a combination of workshops and panel discussions about branding, finance, entrepreneurship, and self-care from young and powerful women who have mastered the art of building a brand.

  • Join Us in NYC for POWER Day!

    Commit to starting your 2018 off on the right foot! Click below to purchase your ticket.

  • 2018 Speakers

    Our panelists and workshop presenters are some of the dopest brown girls on the planet.

    Christina Brown

    Founder, BrownGirlsLove

    Style blogger and digital media expert Christina S. Brown is a New York native and the founder of fast-growing style & beauty destination LoveBrownSugar.com, mommy destination BabyBrownSugar.com and digital empowerment community BrownGirlsLove. Recognized everywhere from the New York Times to StyleWatch as a top lifestyle expert, Christina curates platforms for multicultural women with an emphasis on self-empowerment. She founded BrownGirlsLove after seeing a need to promote positive images of millennial women of color, and to inspire them through personal branding and entrepreneurship.

    Jade Kendle

    Digital Influencer, LipstickNCurls

    Jade Kendle also known as "LipsticknCurls" on many of her platforms is a beauty & media personality based in Portland, Oregon. As a lover of all things beauty, Jade has grown a large following by providing genuine and high quality beauty content with a purpose. Jade received both a Bachelor of Science in Development and Family Studies and a Master of Education in Education Policy and Leadership - Higher Education. Her scholarly background allows Jade to not only create beautiful looks, but also educate her audience on concepts like self-esteem, confidence, perseverance, and self-authorship. Jade enjoys combining her two passions, education and beauty, to show others that being yourself is POWER!

    Gracie J

    Founder, The Editorial Nail

    NYC native and Haitian raised, Gracie J is the celebrity nail artist and curator behind The Editorial Nail. Gracie's work has been featured in prominent publications such as, Essence, Allure, V Magazine, Nylon, and Paper Magazine just to name a few, with digital features on Refinery 29, Buzzfeed and more. She recently landed the role as Key Nail Artist for hit TNT television series "CLAWS" which took the nail art world by storm, working closely with celebs like Niecy Nash and Karruche Tran. At 27, she is full time self-employed while building her brand and creating partnerships with brands like Nickelodeon, Coveteur, Buzzfeed and KISS.

    Nicaila Matthews Okome

    Digital Influencer, Side Hustle Pro

    Nicaila Okome is the Host of Side Hustle Pro, the first and only podcast to spotlight bold, black women entrepreneurs who have scaled from side hustle to full time entrepreneurs. Named to the exclusive Bold Women list by Apple Podcasts, Side Hustle Pro has generated over half a million downloads in a year and amassed a loyal community of over 47,000 aspiring entrepreneurs. Alumna of the University of Pennsylvania (BA) and the University of Michigan (MBA), her professional experience spans digital marketing, ad sales and social media strategy for NPR, Google, MTV Networks and Georgetown McDonough.

    Rana Campbell

    Digital Influencer, Dreams In Drive

    Rana Campbell is a marketing strategist, content creator, and host of the Dreams In Drive Podcast - a podcast she launched in January 2016 that teaches creatives & lifestyle entrepreneurs how to take their dreams out of PARK and into DRIVE. With over 120 episodes in her arsenal and streams in 100+ countries, she has interviewed top leaders in lifestyle and business and was featured as an empowering podcast by Essence Magazine and a top Business podcast for Black Voices on Apple Podcasts. She is a 2013 graduate of Princeton University and a proud alum of the Emma Bowen Foundation media program.

    Dreena Whitfield

    Founder, WhitPR

    Dreena Whitfield is the principle of WhitPR, a New Jersey based boutique strategic communications firm. Whitfield is the former Press Secretary to Cory Booker during his tenure as Mayor of the City of Newark. With over a decade of experience, Whitfield has a proven ability to spot opportunities for clients to grow their brand recognition in saturated markets that aligns with their overall objective. Whitfield earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications from Lincoln University, and her Masters Degree in Strategic Communications from Seton Hall University.

    Melanie White

    Founder, Melanie Marie

    Serial Entrepreneur. Mentor. Philanthropist. Mother. Just a few words that describe Melanie White. Hailing from Yonkers, NY Melanie is best known for her custom jewelry business Melanie Marie. She launched her first business in 2009 and since, her pieces have been worn by dozens of celebrities, featured in blogs and major magazines worldwide. In 2013, she started a youth mentorship program - Melanie Marie Gems & Jewels - to promote the arts for young women. And after giving birth to her daughter in 2016, Melanie launched a custom children's jewelry line AnnDrew Marie, as well as an event series “Mompreneurs: Mamas in Business”, and a business mentoring/networking group. Melanie is dedicated to helping women take the leap into entrepreneurship.

    Kim Roxie

    Founder, LAMIK Beauty

    Kim Roxie’s passion is enhancing women by building their self-esteem, making them feel good, and helping them reveal their natural beauty. Her award-winning makeup line LAMIK Beauty offers women environmentally friendly makeup manufactured in the heart of the Lone Star State. When Kim launched her LAMIK line in Macy’s stores in Texas, she became the youngest African-American woman to launch a full cosmetic line inside a major department store. LAMIK stands for Love And Makeup In Kindness and through her line, Kim has become a champion for black-owned businesses with a dedication to health through makeup. LAMIK is one of the world’s #1 eco-chic makeup collections. She currently resides in Houston, Texas with her husband, son, and daughter.

    Mia Ray

    Founder, Glamaholic Lifestyle

    Mia Ray is the epitome of glam, but glam with a plethora of substance. She is a woman who holds many titles; mom, fashion blogger entrepreneur and role model. While all of these titles have collectively cultivated her success story in
    one way or another. Mia Ray’s love for fashion and sense of creativity have allowed her to create a lifestyle empire for savvy young women across the nation. From Mia’s personal branding approach to stellar marketing campaigns, she is able to connect with her following like no other. With a vision drawn in her notebook, Mia Ray has crafted a full-fledged lifestyle brand and made a household name for herself that is here to stay.

    Emmelie De La Cruz

    Digital Marketing Strategist

    Emmelie De La Cruz is a serial entrepreneur who turned her layoff into her legacy. Whether it's one of her books, coaching programs, or product development business, The Launch Counter, she has one goal: building dreams into businesses. After working in various areas of marketing and communication, this South Bronx native launched her consultancy to help entrepreneurs and side hustlers build and grow their businesses. Her marketing insights have been featured in Black Enterprise, Huffington Post, Forbes and more. Emmelie is a graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication and her clients have included executives, politicians and media personalities as well as growing tech startups. When she isn’t helping startups scale, she’s blogging on her site emmeliedelacruz.com

    Gia Peppers

    On-Air Talent & Journalist

    Gia Peppers is an on-air talent and entertainment journalist from Washington, DC. After graduating from Rutgers University in 2012, she began working as a desk associate overnight in the newsroom at CBS. During her 1AM to 9AM shifts, she mapped out a plan to make her mark in an industry that changes every day. Now 27, the budding media phenom has worked on-camera and behind the scenes with VH1, the NBA, BET, Essence Magazine, Billboard, Complex, Hot 97 and more.

    With her combination of an undeniable work ethic, positive attitude and extensive experience, media greats like Donnie Simpson and Angie Martinez have named her "the next host to watch" among her peers. When she isn’t in NYC reporting on the biggest urban entertainment stories, she is pumping up a crowd of 15,000 Washington Wizards fans in her hometown and inspiring others to follow their dreams on her website, giapeppers.com.

    Charli Penn

    Senior Digital Lifestyle and Relationships Editor, ESSENCE

    Charli Penn is a nationally recognized digital journalist who writes in the name and praise of love and living your best life. Charli has over 13 years experience reporting on dating, marriage, sex and celebrity weddings and relationships. Charli is one third of the co-hosts of ESSENCE Magazine’s Yes, Girl! podcast and your digital go-to-girl for all real-talk on love. She spends her days curating the award-winning lifestyle and relationship content you find on ESSENCE.com. The seasoned journalist, editor, and relationships coach has devoted her career to empowering women to cherish and cultivate healthy and happy relationships. She is also the founder of popular marriage advice blog Man, Wife (And Dog!) and a nationally recognized voice on healthy love and relationships.

    Asa Dugger

    Community Manager, BrownGirlsLove

    Asa Dugger is a digital influencer, avid traveler and founder of ThriveGirl (2018). She's the head student ambassador for BrownGirlsLove and is known for influencing aspiring girl-bosses through fearless networking, self-confidence, and global expedition. As a millennial cosmopolitan, she has trotted across the world to India, China, the Bahamas and Hong Kong for academia, research, development and self-discovery projects. She is a 2018 graduate of Kean University earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a minor in Business Management. Asa has actively worked on digital content with The Rundown with Robin Thede on BET, CNBC, NJTV, PBS and the United States Congress and is currently serving as the Community Manager of @BrownGirlsLove.

    Sheila Coates

    Founder, Be Your Own Brand (BYOB)

    Be Your Own Brand (BYOB) is the culmination of Sheila Coates’ two decades of experience as a Music Marketing Executive specializing in artist development, branding and imaging. Coates understands the importance of creating and maintaining a consistent visual presentation that is authentic and generates a sense of confidence and character in order to succeed in today’s competitive marketplace. She has the background and expertise to help people to be their own brand by combining the power of words and images to develop memorable first impressions. During her tenure in the music industry, Coates worked with some of the most recognizable names in the business, inspiring, cultivating, and providing guidance to the “Who’s Who” in popular music — Mary J. Blige, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Toni Braxton, Lenny Kravitz, Barry White, Jill Scott, Babyface, Monica, Faith Evans, Angie Stone, Q-Tip, Lalah Hathaway, and many others.

    Kimberly Brown

    Founder, Manifest Yourself

    Kimberly A. Brown is an entrepreneur, speaker, and career + leadership coach. Her personal and professional development company, Manifest Yourself, LLC, provides in-person and virtual workshops, trainings, and coaching to professionals looking to lead a dynamic career and life. Through her experience as a career development adviser in some of the nation’s top universities, she has learned that there is so much more to career development besides having a high paying job; it’s about creating a lifestyle that allows you to do more, be more, and achieve more. Kimberly has had the opportunity to speak to and create workshops for many organizations. Kimberly is a graduate of Long Island University and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (2008) and Master of Science in Counseling (2013).

    Scottie Beam

    Radio Personality & Host

    Scottie Beam is a radio and television personality born and bred in New York & New Jersey. Earning her start on-air with Hot 97’s morning show “Ebro in the Morning”, Scottie quickly turned her social media magnetism into partnerships with leading brands like Nike, Google, HBO, BET, Twitter, Essence, Verizon, Champs Sports, SoundCloud & more.

    In Scottie’s short career, she has partnered with Twitter for her own monthly Q+A sessions dubbed Scottie Feedback, she's developed bi-weekly playlists reaping over 4 million impressions, hosted her own internet radio show on Satori Radio, shot Music News content with Revolt TV and co-hosted the Black Girl Podcast.

    With each new project Scottie continues to push the culture forward.

    Stacie Smith

    Brand Manager & Strategist

    Stacie Smith is an accomplished marketer with a strong entrepreneurial spirit and knack for helping young professionals develop their careers. Currently a Brand Manager at Henkel, a German consumer products company, Stacie leads the development of new-to-world brands across Hair Care and Body Care. With experience on Olay, Clairol and Dial, Stacie has become known for using a unique blend of creativity and analytics to develop innovative strategies that win the hearts and minds of consumers. Her experience spans finance to career development at Morgan Stanley, Viacom, Procter & Gamble, and her venture Clear Path Resources. She is the co-author of Harvard Business School case study, Beyoncé and a graduate of Harvard Business School (MBA) and the University of Pennsylvania (BA).

    Nicole Sanchez

    Founder & CEO, HeroTax

    Named “One of the Most Powerful Women in NYC Tech” by Refinery 29, Nicole Sanchez is on a mission to ensure the brilliance and scale of tech are leveraged to solve real problems. An Investment Partner at XFactor Ventures and Founder of CFSI and JP Morgan-backed fintech startup, HeroTax by Credit Hero, Nicole is a graduate of Harvard Business School (MBA) and Harvard College. She has been named a "Mogul Changing The Game" by Marie Claire and has been featured in Fast Company, TechCrunch, Forbes, Inc, Essence, Elle, Ebony, and more. With a number of startups under her belt, as a serial entrepreneur she has raised over half a million dollars in investment for her companies and she loves to share her financing knowledge and wealth strategies with others.

  • 2018 POWER Day Schedule

    An exciting lineup of workshops, panel discussions, a networking lunch & more!


    Registration begins for BrownGirlsLove POWER Day. Pick up your exclusive BrownGirlsLove tote filled with POWER Day goodies and grab coffee or tea before we start our packed and exciting itinerary.


    (Location: Event Space)


    Time to get POWER Day started with a warm welcome from founder Christina S. Brown. We'll run through the day's itinerary, kickoff a fun networking icebreaker and introduce the amazing lineup of speakers and sponsors.


    (Location: Auditorium)


    Who says you should wait until your late 20's to set life goals and start crushing them? This group of young movers & shakers proves that it's never too early to make bold moves and pursue your dreams. Whether you're currently in school or already established in your career, you're sure to soak up tons of inspiration.


    Panelists: Emmelie De La Cruz, Gracie J, Jade Kendle, Gia Peppers (Location: Auditorium)


    Can you really have it all? People seem to think life stops after kids. This rockstar lineup of business-minded mommies will crush all those myths. Sharing some of the challenges and joys of raising children and simultaneously owning your own business, they'll show you it's quite possible to do it all with style and grace.


    Panelists: Dreena Whitfield, Kim Roxie, Melanie White, Mia Ray (Location: Auditorium)


    Behind every success story is a powerful, game-changing relationship that was somehow sparked over lunch, dinner, coffee or cocktails! POWER Lunch is all about breaking bread with fellow attendees. You never know who or where your next big break will come from, right? This is the time to eat, meet, greet, and snap photos in our photobooth!


    (Location: Event Space)


    Podcasting is one of the fastest growing ways to reach an audience, get your message out, interact and build your brand. With all of the noise in the podcast world, we're gathering some of the brightest brown girl podcast creators to talk about how to be successful in this medium.


    Panelists: Charli Penn, Nicaila Matthews Okome, Rana Campbell, Scottie Beam (Location: Auditorium)


    Take a quick snack break and grab sweets at our dessert bar. Then settle in for our special sponsored workshops of your choosing.


    (Location: Event Space)



    What does your personal "brand" say about you? How do you go about developing one? And what can a strong personal brand do for you in the long run? Learn from some of the top experts in the business about the importance of putting your best face forward in 2018.


    Workshop Presenter: Sheila Coates (Location: Event Space)



    Your career doesn't start after graduation, it starts the minute you step foot onto your campus. Learn from three top experts in career, branding and finance all about the important things you need to consider when transitioning from college life to adulting like a boss babe.


    Workshop Panelists: Kimberly Brown, Nicole Sanchez, Stacie Smith (Location: Auditorium)

    3:00PM KEYNOTE Q&A

    During our closing keynote discussion with entrepreneur and CEO of The Mane Choice, Courtney Adeleye, you'll hear life-changing success stories, practical tips, and real talk about starting your new year fresh, renewed and on purpose. Our powerhouse keynote speaker will leave you inspired and ready for your 2018 glow-up.


    Host: Christina Brown, Speaker: Courtney Adeleye (Location: Auditorium)


    POWER Day will wrap with closing remarks, thank-you's, and a special announcement about what's next for BrownGirlsLove.

  • 2018 Sponsors

    BrownGirlsLove Power Day is made possible by our amazing partners.


    Presenting Sponsor

    Toyota creates vehicles by listening and responding to you. Why? Because it's their belief that their cars should do more than help you go places on the road, they should also help you go places in life. They make vehicles that respond to, and anticipate, your needs for the way you live today — with advances in sustainable mobility and advanced safety technologies.


    The Mane Choice

    Platinum Sponsor

    The Mane Choice is an electrifying revolution in the hair care industry created by a physician and registered nurse duo. They have built their company on the foundation of research and the “beauty, health, science” approach. The Mane Choice is a premium multi-cultural healthy hair growth and retention company who attentively and thoroughly listens to the voices of their consumers, and creates solutions to their hair problems.They offer a comprehensive methodology to achieving beautiful healthy hair, by infusing their hair care products with vitamins and essential nutrients. The Mane Choice believes in maintaining an intimate relationship with their team and their customers. They invest in customers by providing them with scientific data about their hair via social media, digital, and live events.


    Capital One

    Silver Sponsor

    Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One has one of the most widely recognized brands in America. As one of the nation’s top 10 largest banks based on deposits, Capital One serves banking customers through branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.



    Silver Sponsor

    Cantu's mission is to create ultra-nourishing beauty, skin and hair products that allow your authentic beauty to shine. With all the buzz about perfect curls, impeccable skin and bounce-back bodies, it’s easy to forget how gorgeous you are. But the truth is, you are absolutely amazing. No one else has your hair, your skin, your light, and your beauty. You are the best you out there. Own it. Love it. Live it.


    LAMIK Beauty

    Silver Sponsor

    LAMIK Beauty stands for "Love And Makeup In Kindness". Founded by CEO Kim Roxie, LAMIK Beauty is an eco-friendly cosmetic company specializing in makeup essentials for women of all backgrounds. Based out of Houston, Texas LAMIK Beauty gives beauty a new, healthier existence. They specifically engineer their cosmetics to be hypoallergenic and comedogenic for beautiful skin that glows from within.


    Made Beautiful

    Gift Bag Sponsor

    Made Beautiful™ is a minority owned company developing products that they believe help women honor their true beauty. Their passion is empowering women to have both inner and outer transformations resulting in customers embracing their natural beauty. With female representation at the helm of their organization, they are committed to listening to consumers, partnering with organizations that honor and uplift women, and providing the best quality products at affordable prices.


    EDEN BodyWorks

    Gift Bag Sponsor

    EDEN BodyWorks was the brainchild of Jasmine Lawrence when she was just a child herself. At 11 years old, Jasmine faced her first beauty challenge. Her hair was badly damaged and she was searching for natural products to nurture and restore her hair back to health. With no solution in sight, Jasmine took to her kitchen and concocted her own remedy. And there, the EDEN story begins. EDEN BodyWorks™ provides natural products that integrate wellness and beauty inspired by nature to restore and maintain the hair and body’s original design.


  • The Venue

    Helen Mills Event Space and Theater, 137 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001

  • Accommodations

    Book your stay at our partner hotel to take advantage of our group discount!

    HGU New York | NoMAD Hotels

    Visiting from out of town? Our 2018 hotel partner is HGU New York (34 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016) offering their King Deluxe rooms at a low group rate of $159/night just for Power Day attendees. Use discount code "BGL" to book your stay!


    Click here to book: https://reservations.travelclick.com/97208?groupID=2060200

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  • Past Speakers

    Christina Brown

    Digital Influencer & Entrepreneur

    Style blogger and digital media expert Christina S. Brown is a New York native and the founder of fast-growing style & beauty destination LoveBrownSugar.com, mommy destination BabyBrownSugar.com and digital empowerment community BrownGirlsLove. Recognized everywhere from the New York Times to StyleWatch as a top lifestyle expert, Christina curates platforms for multicultural women with an emphasis on self-empowerment. She founded BrownGirlsLove after seeing a need to promote positive images of millennial women of color, and to inspire them through personal branding and entrepreneurship.

    Africa Miranda

    Spokesmodel & Beautypreneur

    Africa Miranda is an actress, spokesmodel and performer who won the hearts of many across the US and around the globe as the breakout star of Bravo TV's "The New Atlanta". Africa has been named the first ever Brand Ambassador for international haircare company Creme of Nature, and has been nominated for a Shorty Award for Periscoper of the Year. She is a regular guest and panelist for various entertainment and tech platforms marrying her knowledge of pop culture with her considerable tech savvy. She is now the proud founder of lifestyle product line Beauty by Africa Miranda which launched November 2016.

    Tonya Rapley

    Millennial Money Expert

    Tonya Rapley is a nationally recognized millennial money expert and founder of the award winning site, My Fab Finance where she helps millennials break the cycle of living paycheck to paycheck so that they can become financially free and do more of what they love. She is also the co-founder and CFO of a Chicago based FinTech app, FOAM, that is changing the way students experience and pay for college. Tonya was deemed the "New Face of Wealth Building" by Black Enterprise and she created the #BanishTheBalance challenge, a debt elimination challenge that helped over 4,000 participants pay off more than $210,000 of debt in sixty days.

    Mel Burgos

    Digital Influencer

    Mel Burgos is the founder of RockYoRizos.com where she visually shares her lifestyle interests like hair care, health, fitness, fashion and a passion for living life to the fullest. She launched her blog Rock Yo Rizos to create a community and to encourage her fellow Latinos and people all over the world to embrace their natural hair. In 2016, Mel created the #IamlettingGO campaign to empower people going through life transitions. Mel cut her signature shoulder length curls as part of her "letting go" process and shared her journey publicly on social media. Mel has been featured in publications like Refinery 29, Cosmopolitan & LATINA.

    Tiffini Gatlin

    Digital Influencer & Entrepreneur

    Tiffini Gatlin is a former corporate professional turned entrepreneur and digital influencer. She has successfully launched several digital brands, including Atlanta Tastemaker Magazine. In 2015, she became a pioneer in the hair and beauty industry by creating a patent-pending process of pre-curled and looped synthetic hair. Within one year, she built a million-dollar e-commerce beauty brand; Curlkalon Hair Collection. Today, Tiffini has expanded her vision with lifestyle and beauty brand Latched and Hooked. Tiffini resides in Atlanta, GA where she is a wife to her college sweetheart, and mother of 4 children.

    Ty Alexander

    Digital Influencer & Author

    Ty Alexander is an award-winning New York based freelance writer penning her musings on beauty, fashion, pop culture, health, and tech. Her powerful words, undeniable beauty and lifestyle savvy led her to roles as HelloBeautiful.com's style and beauty editor and editorial director of Beautiful Texture’s TalkingTexture.com. Ty has built her personal brand, Gorgeous In Grey from a personal blog to an online lifestyle destination with over 100K pageviews per month. Her dedication to authentic living helped garner her an impressive following and now her first book,Things I Wish I Knew Before My Mom Died.

    Nicole Sanchez

    Founder, eCreditHero

    Named "One of the Most Powerful Women In NYC Tech" by Refinery29, Nicole Sanchez is on a mission to democratize entrepreneurship and revolutionize credit, through her startup eCreditHero. With a number of startups under her belt, as a serial entrepreneur she has raised over half a million dollars for her companies and she loves to share her financing knowledge and strategies with other entrepreneurs. As a Harvard College and Harvard Business School alum, Nicole has been featured in publications like Marie Claire, Fast Company, Elle, Essence, Ebony, Lucky, and Inc magazines.

    DJ Olivia Dope

    DJ & Creative Artist

    Olivia Dope is a triple threat and a star on the rise. Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in a West Indian (Guyanese) household, music was always at the forefront and quickly became her first love. As a classically trained dancer turned DJ, clothing designer and motivational speaker, Olivia Dope lives up to her moniker in more ways than one. From juggling entrepreneurship and motherhood, to overcoming homelessness & hardships to being able to work with the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Lil Kim, Teyana Taylor & Chris Brown to name a few. Olivia's #LivDope mantra is one she hopes to inspire others to live out their dreams daily.

    Melissa Butler

    Founder, The Lip Bar

    Melissa Butler is the founder of fast-growing beauty brand The Lip Bar. The Lip Bar is a luxury cosmetic bar that caters to consumer’s individuality through highly pigmented and responsibly made products. Her brand aims to encourage self-expression through beauty maintaining the idea that beauty doesn’t have to compromise health. Her lipsticks offer a unique blend of natural ingredients, designed to moisturize, soften and amplify lips all while setting consumers apart with intoxicatingly bold colors. Melissa is a Detroit native and a graduate of Florida A&M University. She left a career in finance to pursue her dreams as an entrepreneur.

    Jessica Andrews

    Digital Influencer & Fashion Editor

    Jessica Andrews is a suburban girl who left a quiet New Jersey town to follow her dream of becoming a journalist and somehow ended up in the wonderful world of fashion. The self-proclaimed fashion addict spent three years as an assistant at a major magazine, running errands for her boss (walking dogs, going to the cleaners), returning racks of clothes, packing trunks and dressing models until she nearly drove herself crazy. But nothing would deter her from her pursuit of fabulous. Now that she’s graduated to a full-blown Fashion Editor, on any given day, you’ll find Jessica blogging like a madwoman, adding to her collection of Christian Louboutins and Jimmy Choos, interviewing her fave celebs and sneaking off to as many red carpet events as possible—all while having the time of her life, of course.

    Denequa Williams

    Founder, LIT Brooklyn

    Denequa Williams was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She's the maker behind LIT Brooklyn - a 100% soy wax candle company. Her love for candles has always been just that - a love! She's always loved how having a candle LIT can transform the ambiance of any room. She works hard to find only the highest quality ingredients and her candles are scented with the finest of fragrance oils. Each candle is hand poured, packaged, and shipped from her home in Brooklyn. As a new entrepreneur to the beauty scene, Denequa has grown her Brooklyn-based candle company exponentially in under a year. Her products have been featured on the pages of Essence, Teen Vogue, EBONY and more. She's done collaborations with a number of popular influencers in the beauty scene and this is just the beginning. 

    Yoli Ouiya

    Digital Influencer & Wellness Expert

    Yoli Ouiya is a Global Green and Wellness expert and influencer. After several years as a digital creative and chef in New York, in 2011, Yoli transitioned from her 2009 namesake site to YolisGreenLiving.com, an eco-lifestyle portal. Yoli was dubbed the “Queen of Green” by Black Enterprise Magazine in 2012 for her function as the go-to social media presence for “green” insights. For the past 3 years, she has toured the country as a media personality, consultant, and spokesperson for Toyota’s Green Initiative. Yoli speaks on topics ranging from wellness to environmental sustainability and all the relevant technologies and sub-topics in between. This year, she is launching two brands, African Hippie and Self-Care Solstice, to offer sustainability and wellness lifestyle options to unserved demographics.

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