Kendra-Bracken Ferguson, 3x Founder, Brand Builder, Mom, talks to Founders and senior executives of color who are revolutionizing the Beauty and Wellness industry. Every Sunday, Kendra sits with industry entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to talk about their personal journeys, lessons learned, beauty trends, and the new and next. We explore themes that include BIPOC identity, diversifying the industry, the steps of building a brand, choosing the right funding channels, and redefining the influencer role. Join us each week on Business of the Beat to engage with the authentic stories of multicultural leaders impacting the future of the industry. Leave us your reviews! Your voice is important to us.
Inclusive Spaces For Beauty and Leadership
Leslie Roberson, Founder and CEO of the Black Beauty Collective, a beauty retailer that features exclusively black-owned brands, shares her diverse journey, including experiences as a veteran, HR manager, and model. The episode highlights Leslie's resilience in transitioning from the military to modeling and explores her entrepreneurial spirit inherited from her father. Addressing the lack of representation for black women founders in the beauty industry. Leslie emphasizes the importance of diversity and parallels her corporate advocacy in this space. The conversation covers challenges faced by Black entrepreneurs, especially in accessing capital, and Leslie shares her vision for supporting Black women founders in particular through the Black Beauty Collective, providing retail space, coaching and a path to scalability.
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Building Community and Wellness Sanctuaries
Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton, the founder, CEO and mastermind of Chillhouse, a groundbreaking wellness spa, products and accessories. Whether visiting their flagship in SoHo or replicating spa-like experiences in your home, Chillhouse provides a modern-day affordable alternative to indulging in your own wellness.
During this episode, Cyndi dives deep into her entrepreneurial journey as she draws inspiration from her upbringing in the spa industry, thanks to her mother's role as an esthetician, and identifies a crucial niche for an affordable and contemporary spa experience. Cyndi unveils the treasure trove of services offered at Chillhouse while underscoring the pivotal role of community and membership in weaving self-care seamlessly into people's lives. Cyndi illuminates the ever-evolving growth of Chillhouse's journey through the lens of community and membership, where her vision transcends traditional salon services, ultimately crafting an inclusive haven. Cyndi shares valuable insight and lessons into venturing into retail and their longstanding partnership with Target. Chillhouse is truly an enterprise that prioritizes community and the holistic spa experience above all else.
Follow @ChillHouse or visit https://chillhouse.com/
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Redefining Beauty, Empowering Diversity
This week Ceci Kurzman, Founder of OurX, a personalized program for total hair and scalp wellness, discusses her global upbringing, passion for music, and journey into the entertainment industry where she worked with iconic artists - such as Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys, and Sade.
Ceci takes us through the birth of OurX emphasizing innovation, personalization, sustainability and above all else customer’s needs. She further shares her goal for OurX including breaking down systemic barriers, promoting diversity, and empowering Black-owned brands.
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Deeper Than Hair
This week, Annagjid "Kee" Taylor, a celebrity hair stylist, salon owner, , and author of the children's book All Hair Is Good Hair, goes deep into her evolution from a young girl passionate about styling dolls' hair to a successful entrepreneur. Pivotal moments are reflected upon, including an act of kindness at a Beyonce concert that went viral, and the inspiration behind her children's book, which promotes self-love and natural hair acceptance. The conversation delves into Kee's entrepreneurial challenges and her surrender to divine guidance. She emphasizes the importance of supporting others and shares insights on perseverance, prayer, and dedication for business success.
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Part Two: Glamour, Grit, and Grace
Ashunta Sheriff-Kendricks, the Founder of Ashunta Sheriff Beauty, continues her journey from makeup artist to business executive in a special part two episode. Ashunta dives into the importance of mentorship – mentoring new artists and the role of having mentors as the foundation for expanded success. She shares how high-profile clients, like Rihanna, remind her of the importance of patience, trust, and professionalism in the makeup industry.
Ashunta underscores the significance of relationships and kindness as key pillars for building Ashunta Sheriff Beauty including the mishaps and relaunching her namesake brand. Ashunta remains firmly grounded in supporting women-founded brands, collaboration over competition, and the need for more Black-owned products in the market.
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Part One: Glamour, Grit, and Grace
This week, Ashunta Sheriff-Kendricks, Founder of Ashunta Sheriff Beauty, takes us through a two-part series of her journey. Ashunta shares about her career rooted in artistry that goes beyond the palette to a diversified portfolio of products and services. She discusses pivotal experiences at MAC, emphasizing its role as a vital training ground for makeup artists and the moments that led to new opportunities and expansion as an artist and entrepreneur.
Follow @AshuntaSheriff or visit https://ashuntabeauty.com/
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Insightful and Inspirational
I absolutely love hearing peoples stories. Each podcast I listen to was so unique and so inspiring. Kendra was always genuinely interested with the person and her interest is absolutely engaging. She asked great questions. I learned a lot.
AMAZING PODCAST FILLED WITH GEMS!
This podcast is a must listen. I binge listen while I’m running usually and I stop sometimes to make notes on my phone and then keep running. Kendra does an amazing job as the host, always asking and digging into the right questions and her guests provide great nuggets and are always dropping gems. If you haven’t subscribed, do it now, you’ll thank me later :)
Hi hi! This is Keba of Butter By Keba and I can not express enough how monumentally uplifting this podcast is. I binged listened this Sunday morning after a long week of soloprenuering (is that a word?)Lol. It has given me life and encouragement to keep going! I recommend this podcast for anyone who is building and living in purpose. 🙌🏾✨🙌🏾✨