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Three of Our Fav Forbes Features

Kendra Scott is much more than the successful CEO of a $1 billion fashion-lifestyle brand. She is a philanthropist who professes that giving back “is everything” to her mission. As it turns out, giving back is not just good for the community; it also makes for happier employees. A recent study of several hundred companies and more than 380,000 employees revealed that giving back is associated with greater employee retention, higher levels of brand ambassadorship on the part of workers and more enthusiastic employees. Workers who believe their organizations give back to the community are 13 times more likely to look forward to coming to work, compared to employees who don’t. At Kendra Scott, 95% of the employee base is female, and the company is passionate about maintaining a culture that empowers women to thrive both in their careers and in their personal lives. As evidence, several former interns, who helped grow Kendra Scott in the early days, now hold VP positions in the company.


Melanie Strasser-King was just about ready to give up on her baking business when celebrity chef and entrepreneur Ayesha Curry paid her a visit.

“I had all of these orders, my daughter wasn’t sleeping through the night and I would break down and be in tears,” says the Melanie’s Bakeshop founder. Curry wasn’t there to place an order, she was there to make an offer—the opportunity to appear in the first episode of her new series Fempire.


Melissa Mitchell has taken the art scene in Atlanta by storm. Since founding her own business, Abeille Creations in 2016, she has created 500 large-scale art pieces, 40 murals and has been featured in Vogue and Essence Magazines. As a self-taught artist, Mitchell has a love for vibrant colors, unique shapes and bold dark lines. Recently she’s brought her art pieces to life by turning her favorite paintings into unique head wraps, home décor and specialty textiles.

From Lupita Nyong'o rocking an Abeille Creations head wrap to being a featured artist for Shea Moisture at Tina Knowles and Richard Lawson’s 2018 WACO Theater Wearable Art Gala, Mitchell is destined for unspeakable greatness and visibility. Aside from her art and designs being impressive, Mitchell’s drive and self-awareness also captivates her consumers and audiences. She paints from the heart and guides her creations from an otherworldly purpose.

Melissa will be with us on the 30th for our CEO Chick Chat be sure to register today!


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