Keshia Knight Pulliam named Global Ambassador for Education for Mielle Organics
Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam is committed to leveling the playing field for women of color in entrepreneurship and is teaming up with Mielle Organics to empower the next generation of female founders. According to AfroTech, the Newark native has been named Global Education Ambassador for the organic hair care brand.
The Black-owned brand – which recently celebrated its 7th anniversary – has focused on surpassing its impact beyond the hair industry. The company has partnered with the Newark Business Hub and Rutgers University to create the Global Certificate Program scholarship fund, designed to use education and entrepreneurship as vessels to empower black women. Through this initiative, 60 aspiring black women entrepreneurs will receive scholarships to be part of the NBH Professional Online Global Entrepreneurship Certificate Program where they will learn about different facets of business including financial management, marketing , income generation and other items. After completing the program, fellows will have the opportunity to submit a business plan to receive funding for their business and travel to South Africa.
Pulliam says she is excited to team up with Mielle Organics for this effort. “I am delighted to be working with Mielle Organics to provide new education and venture capital opportunities for black women around the world,” she said in a statement. “It’s amazing to partner with a company that has so many mutual synergies when it comes to sewing in our community. I am honored to celebrate their 7th anniversary. ” Monique Rodriguez, CEO of Mielle Organics, added that she decided to involve Pulliam because of her “passion to provide mentorship, education and venture capital opportunities to black women.”
News of Pulliam’s new role comes nearly a month after Mastercard announced a multi-million dollar investment in the Fearless Fund; a venture capital firm founded by Pulliam and Arian simone to support the entrepreneurial efforts of women of color.
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