Persistence. Resilience. Underdog status? Overcome.
Persistence. Resilience. Underdog status? Overcome.
The major cultural shifts of 2020 from BLM to #PullUpOrShutUp and The 15% Pledge has forced beauty and wellness brands around the world to not only confront lack of racial diversity and inclusion in marketing—but actively address much-needed systemic change in access and representation within an industry long called out for being exclusionary.
Join us 5:30-7:30 PM EST/ 2:30pm-4:30pm PST in conversation with our panel of badass Women of Color Founders as we explore what has changed—and what more needs to be done. From overcoming the barriers to entry to launching and running a business, we will follow their journeys to success.
Moderated by:Vannett Li, Strategy Director Meet Our Powerhouse Panelists
Kim Roxie, Founder & CEO of LAMIK Beauty Kristen Speller, Co-founder & Chief Brand Officer of DoubleDown Cosmetics Marvin Speller, CEO of Doubledown Cosmetics Jasmine Pennamma Hill & Ashley Renne Nsonwu, Co-founders of Hot Jupiter Jasmine Pennamma Hill, Co-founder & CEO of Hot Jupiter Ashley Renne Nsonwu, Co-founder & Creative Director of Hot Jupiter
Southern belle, seasoned makeup artist and licensed esthetician, Kim Roxie experienced firsthand how WOC have been overlooked in the clean beauty market. At the age of 21, with a $500 investment, she opened her own makeup shop that catered to multicultural women in her hometown, Houston, TX. After running it for 14 years, in 2020, Roxie launched LAMIK Beauty as an e-commerce clean beauty company making LAMIK the first black-owned clean makeup brand carried by the major beauty specialty retailer, Ulta.com — changing the clean beauty game in Houston, Texas and beyond. Roxie has received numerous awards including the Barack Obama and Joe Biden Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service, one of the Houston Business Journal’s “40 under 40,” one of the American Business Journal’s Most Influential Young Executives and “one of the 30 Black Stars” by Face2Face Africa. The City of Houston formally named June 23rd as Kim Roxie day in her honor.
9 time Grammy contender, 13 year domestic violence survivor and advocate, Global Peace Song 2018 award winner, and CEO of Speller Productions, Kristen Speller is the co-founder and Chief brand Officer of DoubleDown a mission led vegan cosmetics and skincare brand that serves and raises awareness for the domestic violence survivor community. DoubleDown is just the tip of the iceberg for Speller and her husband and co-founder Marvin. In 2012, they created and founded The Glam Up Program providing free makeovers to the LA domestic violence and homelessness community. In 2022, they are opening their first resource center, From Here To There, to provide the community with a unique and open wellness space for housing, supplies, clothing, makeovers, and mental health support. As a professional musician, Speller donates all of her music to various shelters in Los Angeles & across the country, where she advocates for those in shelters who want to work on legislation, to make permanent & vital change. Speller is a 2015 Betty Fisher Legacy Humanitarian of the Year recipient on behalf of the Haven Hills Organization.
Marvin Speller works in the local communities as a certified master health, life and transformational coach. His vast business acumen, deep community connections, and effortless ability to develop lasting relationships with people of all backgrounds have given him the foundation to create substantial change. Speller has been a longtime activist working closely with Charlotte Reads Program, Habitat for Humanity, Aids Walk, Girl Talk, Minority Outreach Symposium, Our Rise Up, and numerous domestic violence shelter & safety and homeless programs. He created the Man UP program to uplift the transitional homeless population via transformational coaching — bolstering their self esteem and teaching them the tools to successfully transition back into society.
Bi-racial Black & South Asian sisters aren’t playing the waiting game—they’re changing the game. Hot Jupiter is the first-of-its-kind holistic, plant-powered skincare brand specifically formulated for Black and Brown skin, backed by actual melanated skin research & clinicals launching in Fall 2022.
A go-getter & trend-setter, founder of Aesthetic Influencer, Jasmine Pennamma Hill has utilized her 10+ years in the clinical skincare industry to merge the gap between cosmetic dermatology and the power of social influence. Witnessing first-hand how multiethnic skin was left in the dark, she set out to help Black & Brown kids and all humans see that melanin rich skin is beautiful—not a burden.
Proud vegan. Passionate & sustainable. No f*cks given. The no-filter eco-influencer is flipping the script on who gets access to clean, safe, climate-conscious beauty. Renne Nsonwu is an environmental activist and entrepreneur who pivoted from her travel influencer career in 2019 to reduce her carbon footprint and educate her audience about sustainable living. She inspires her community to bridge individual action with systemic change to help end animal exploitation, protect our natural environment, and improve the health of our bodies through sustainable, vegan lifestyle changes—especially in communities of color disproportionately being impacted by climate change and health problems. In addition to co-founding Hot Jupiter, Renne Nsonwu is the author of the digital cookbook Basic Ass Vegan, an on-camera host for SHG Living, and a Creative Council board member of Climate Power.WOC Beauty Bosses Now We’re Talking
Moderated by:Vannett Li, Strategy Director
Meet Our Powerhouse Panelists
Kim Roxie, Founder & CEO of LAMIK Beauty
Kristen Speller, Co-founder & Chief Brand Officer of DoubleDown Cosmetics
Marvin Speller, CEO of Doubledown Cosmetics
Jasmine Pennamma Hill & Ashley Renne Nsonwu, Co-founders of Hot Jupiter
Jasmine Pennamma Hill, Co-founder & CEO of Hot Jupiter
Ashley Renne Nsonwu, Co-founder & Creative Director of Hot Jupiter