This Is What Happens When More Than 150 Women And Girls Of Color Come Together In The Name Of Mentorship

April 5, 2016  |  

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J. Brooks Photography

Last week MadameNoire had the pleasure of being a part of a monumental day in mentorship. On Friday, hair care brand Curls brought together more than 150 women and girls of color in New York City for their inaugural Curls Girls Rule the World Empowering Entrepreneurs Luncheon and the event was indeed a powerful one.

J Brooks Photography

J Brooks Photography

“My goal of giving young women access to resources and connections was truly realized,” Curls creator Mahisha Dellinger said of the half-day event. “Having our girls meet face-to-face with women who have and are still succeeding will empower them to live the lives they have always desired. This is only the beginning.”

The beginning was having high school girls from schools throughout New York City and Yonkers connect with a number of influential business women who agreed to help these budding entrepreneurs and leaders achieve their professional dreams. Mentors include:

• Mahisha Dellinger, CURLS CEO & Founder
• Marva Allen, Entrepreneur
• Germaine Bolds-Leftridge, CEO, GBL Sales, Inc.
• Vivian Scott Chew, Owner, TimeZone International
• Karonda Cook, Director of Merchandising, Sally Beauty
• T. Hudson Jordan, Senior Executive, TD Ameritrade
• Tyrha M. Lindsey-Warren, MBA, PhD Candidate, Managing Director, L.A.I. Communications
• Carmen Sepulveda, Director of Communications & Marketing, AARP New York
• Trina Terrell, Project Management Executive for Sports, Non-Profits & Live Events
• Tyesha Vidal, Ethnic Hair Care Buyer, Ultra Standard Distributors
• Corynne Corbett, CEO & Founder, BeautyBiz Camp, Inc.
• Andrea Fairweather, Owner & CEO, Fairweather Faces, Inc.
• Neki Mohan, TV Anchor, WPLG-TV (ABC affiliate in Miami, FL)
• Jasmine Sanders, Co-Host, The DL Hughley Show
• Tasha Turner, Co-Founder & CEO, Beauty Beat NYC
• Brande Victorian, Managing Editor, Madamenoire.com
• Camille A. Brown, Choreographer, Teacher, and Dancer
• Vivian Green, Acclaimed R&B Singer
• Adriane Hopper Williams, Emmy Award-Winning Reality/TV Talk Show Producer, T.D. Jakes Show
• Zane, Award-Winning Novelist
• Brandi Harvey, Executive Director, Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation
• Tracy Wilson Mourning, Founder, Honey Shine, Inc.
• Seanna-Kaye Denham, PhD, Clinical Psychologist / Associate Director of Transition, Kings County Hospital Center
• Erica Douglas, Sista Chemist
• The Honorable Tanya Kennedy, New York City Supreme Court Justice
• The Honorable Alicia Reece, Ohio State Representative and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus

J Brooks Photography

J Brooks Photography

On top of sitting with these influential women and being able to ask them anything they wanted, from how did they start their business to what should they be doing to get a head start on their own goals, the girls were treated to a live performance by singer Vivian Green who also signed on to be a mentor.

Special guest Nicole Ari Parker also attended the luncheon and donated her Save Your Do gym wraps for the attendee gift bags which also included Dellinger’s memoir, Against All Odds: From The Projects to the Penthouse, and of course Curls products, including their newest items from the Blueberry Bliss line.

J Brooks Photography

J Brooks Photography

And to commemorate the event, each Curls girl left a colorful thumbprint on a canvassed tree of life to symbolizethe beginnings of their journey to accomplish their dreams. Curls also decided to donate a portion of the proceeds from the event to the education programs at the Nepperhan Community Center in Yonkers, New York and Iris House in Harlem, New York. Check out more photos from the festivities below.

J. Brooks Photography

J. Brooks Photography

J. Brooks Photography

J. Brooks Photography

J. Brooks Photography

J. Brooks Photography

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