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How Alexandria Lafci Exceeded Her Goal And Ended Up Behind One Of The Largest Raises For A Black Female General Partner

Alexandria Lafci is now behind one of the largest raises for a Black female general partner.

Aug 24, 2023

Serena Williams Joins The Mom Project as a Strategic Advisor to 'Champion Moms' Everywhere

Tennis G.O.A.T Serena Williams is partnering with The Mom Project , a company designed to help women remain active in the workforce by connecting moms with choice companies. Founded in 2016, The Mom Project, has 150,000 professional moms in their network and 2,000 companies ready to hire them. Williams joined the team as a strategic advisor and is ready to champion moms everywhere. “I’m calling on CEOs, Heads of People, and Business Leaders big and small. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a team of 1 or 100,000; if you’re hiring, are you considering hiring moms? Together, we can influence how work gets done and build a better workplace for the future,” Williams said in a statement. Williams, a mother of one, is working with The Mom Project to ensure women do not have to choose between their families and career success. According to The Mom Project, about 43 percent of highly-talented women will leave the workforce after becoming moms. The company believes with Williams on board they...

Feb 19, 2020

Natural Haircare Startup Secures $1M in Funding Backed by Alexis Ohanian's Initialized Capital

As a Black woman going to the hair salon is a part of self-care. Whether you go once a week, month or year, it is an experience that has probably been ingrained into your routine since a child. For Natanya Montgomery, the first time she remembers visiting the hair salon was at seven-years-old and according to TechCrunch , she’s been going once a month for 18 years. Now, she’s the founder and CEO of Naza Beauty , what Megan Rose Dickey referred to as a “Drybar but for women of color.” The salon — which recently secured $1 million in funding backed by Alexis Ohanian’s Initialized Capital —  offers 25 variations of five different protective styles including crotchet, sew-ins, twists, blowouts, and braids. Although the salon does not offer any coloring services, chemical treatments or hair cuts, they do promise to have you out of the chair in either four hours or less. Naza Beauty “More and more people are seeing that these styles are valid, real and beautiful,” she said. “A lot of...

Feb 19, 2020