At the beginning of 2017, Forbes wrote that there were no Black women running any of the Fortune 500 companies. Lauren Bealore and her team at Young, Ambitious and Beautiful (YAB) are working now to shift that statistic.
Five years ago, Bealore's frustration with the lack of representation of women of color owned businesses being highlighted in the media, led her to take action towards change. Partnering with her friend Brittany Daisy Colston, who at the time only focused on young girls, they aimed to work with another friend, Courtney Griffin and revamp the nonprofit. With the transformation, they would include mentoring adult women that needed help growing and building their companies and networks.
It was then that the current version of YAB was born. The nonprofit helps their 'Venture Partners' or the women owned businesses that have applied and received entry to their program, in three main areas: Business & Development, Community Engagement and Mentorship, and Personal Development. "We each have an area that's befitting of where our personal careers lie," Bealore explained.
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