Carols Daughter recently turned 25 and I had the privilege of attending the multi-cultural brands birthday celebration at The National Museum for African American History and Culture. I personally thought it was absolutely genius to have the celebration at the NMAAHC, after all, a jar of Carols Daughter Healthy Hair Butter is featured on the 4th floor in the cultural expressions exhibit. I’m just saying lol.
I can't lie, when I got the invitation I asked myself, "How did they find me? Why me?" I always wanted to attend an event of this caliber, so I happily accepted the invite. Although I'm very familiar with Lisa Price’s story (the women who founded her brand in her apartment kitchen), nothing compared to being in front of the storyteller and hearing it straight from her mouth.
The Brooklyn born, self-made beauty mogul took the stage to give her speech. Lisa spoke with such poise, potency, and thankfulness to everyone who has been a part of the brands journey thus far. While Lisa touched on a lot during her speech, 3 points resonated with me the most. At that moment, I knew why I was supposed to be in the room.
It takes a village
Lisa acknowledged that she did not arrive at founder of Carols Daughter alone. She stated that, “The purpose of a village is having other eyes to help you see where you are going, other voices to help talk you off the ledge when you don't feel like you can do it anymore, to be your advocate when you don't have the energy to speak.”
The secret of success in business is love
The passion you put into that love, that brings you a joy you have never known. It's not a joy for money, likes, or accolades, it’s true joy, the thing you would do no matter what.
Being the first doesn't mean you're the best
Being the first means all who follow you get to learn from your mistakes and will do it better than you.
Carols Daughter is a brand truly built on and made with love. The million-dollar company teaches us the power of persistence and partnership. Carols Daughter also commemorated its 25th birthday with the launch of their campaign #NoApologies. The campaign encourages women to unapologetically celebrate their individuality and unique beauty.
Cheers to another 25!
Creatively, Authentically Lo
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