Beauty Boss Gwen Jimmere is Today’s Honoree

The first black woman to hold a patent for a natural hair care product, honoree of the Root 100 award, winner of the Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition, and named one of Hello Beautiful’s 30 Under 30 Entrepreneurial Mavens, Gwen Jimmere is a frequent keynote speaker and highly requested panelist on business and entrepreneurship.

As the founder and CEO of Naturalicious, she has grown her beauty industry startup into one of the fastest growing hair care companies in the U.S. Naturalicious is the first company to develop an all-natural, patented hair care system that does the work of 13 products in only 4 simple steps, and is proven and guaranteed to take you from wash to style in less than an hour. The line is sold in select Whole Foodsstores, all Mustard Seed Market locations and other fine retailers and boutiques across the U.S., Indonesia and Trinidad.

Naturalicious was named one of the top six beauty brands in the U.S. by Black Enterprise Magazine; and was the only beauty brand invited to participate in President Obama’s Inaugural Ball, where Gwen had the honor of including her entire suite of products in all VIP gift bags. Gwen has also been featured on Fox News, TVOne, in Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company Magazine, The Washington Post, and Essence Magazine just to name a few.

Gwen also co-owns Pitch Proof, where she coaches and trains small business owners on how to prepare for, enter and win business pitch competitions, as well as how to successfully attract equity investment opportunities. Additionally, she consults entrepreneurs on business strategy, marketing, advertising and distribution.

Prior to beginning Naturalicious, Gwen held the position of Global Digital Marketing Manager at Ford Motor Company, overseeing and executing the big three automaker’s digital marketing strategy. Later, she went to work for Uniworld, one of the world’s largest multicultural advertising firms, where she spearheaded digital strategies for a client list that includes Ford, Home Depot, the U.S. Marines, Marriott Hotels, 3 Musketeers, and many more.

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