In celebration of Black History Month, CURLS has launched CURLS Girls Rule the World, a signature program dedicated to empowering female entrepreneurship, and MadameNoire has jumped on board as the official media sponsor.
To kick-off the national campaign, CURLS will host over 100 girls of color from New York City and Westchester County between the ages of 12 and 24 at its CURLS Girls Rule the World: Empowering Entrepreneurs Luncheon on April 1, 2016 at Mist-Harlem in New York City. The event will expose girls to accomplished mentors in various industries so they can begin to learn how they can make their dreams come true.
“We are so proud of our CURLS Girls Rule the World program and our upcoming ‘Empowering Entrepreneurs Luncheon’ in New York City,” CURLS CEO and Founder Mahisha Dellinger stated. “Having a mentor and being exposed to business resources to help me accomplish my dreams was something I did not have when I was a young girl. Being able to provide girls with the opportunity to meet successful women, who will stay in touch with them, is truly giving the girls a leg up in realizing that whatever they dream is possible.”
In 2015, CURLS organically created an online community for CURLS Girls Rule the World where young women were being empowered by each other through the sharing of their personal stories of triumph. In 2016, CURLS is bringing to life this online community by hosting a series of events where CURLS Girls can meet face to face and be more empowered to live the life they desire. This month, the “I Am a CURLS Girl Who Rules the World” meme will launch on social media highlighting successful women of color in a variety of industries, and over the summer and fall of 2016, CURLS mentors will host seminars and workshops for the girls on a broad range of topics, from business writing to event production.
A main component of the April 1 luncheon will be its “Mentor Match Up,” where girls will be paired with the program’s “Celebrity Expert Mentors,” who will have lunch with the girls and share their personal lessons in business and life. Confirmed “Celebrity Expert Mentors” include:
-Mahisha Dellinger, CURLS CEO & Founder
-T. Hudson Jordan, TD Ameritrade Senior Executive
-Trina Terrell, Project Management Executive for Sports, Non-Profits & Live Events
-Carmen Sepulveda, Chief Communications Officer/Advertising Executive
-Vivian Scott Chew, Owner, TimeZone International
-Tyrha M. Lindsey-Warren, MBA, ABD, Managing Director, L.A.I. Communications
-Marva Allen, Entrepreneur
-Tyesha Vidal, Ethnic Hair Care Buyer, Ultra Standard Distributors
-Karonda Cook, Director of Merchandising, Sally Beauty Supply
-Germaine Bolds-Leftridge, CEO, GBL Sales, Inc.
-Corynne Corbett, Beauty Editor & Entrepreneur
-Tasha Turner, Co-Founder and CEO, Beauty Beat NYC
-Neki Mohan, TV Anchor, WPLG-TV (ABC affiliate in Miami, FL)
-Andrea Fairweather, Owner and CEO of Fairweather Faces, Inc.
-Brande Victorian, Managing Editor, Madamenoire.com
-Zane, Award-winning Novelist
-Vivian Green, Acclaimed R&B Singer
-Camille A. Brown, Choreographer, Teacher & Dancer
-Adriane Hopper Williams, Emmy Award-Winning Reality/TV Talk Show Producer, T.D. Jakes Show
-Tracy Wilson Mourning, Founder, Honey Shine, Inc.
-Brandi Harvey, Executive Director, Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation
-The Honorable Alicia Reece, Ohio State Representative and President of the Ohio Black Caucus
-Erica Douglas, Sista Chemist