Madam C.J. Walker created specialized hair products for African American hair care and was one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire.Walker invented a line of African American hair products after suffering from a scalp ailment that resulted in her own hair loss. She promoted her products by traveling around the country giving lecture-demonstrations and eventually established Madame C.J. Walker Laboratories to manufacture cosmetics and train sales beauticians. Her business acumen led her to be one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire. She was also known for her philanthropic endeavors, including a donation toward the construction of an Indianapolis YMCA in 1913. #MadamCJWalker #HairProducts #AfricanAmerican #SelfMadeMillionaire #Beauticians #Women #Philanthropy #BRG8 #BlackHistory #BlackHistoryMonth #FollowTheYES

As a New York based director, filmmaker, artist, designer, creative consultant and DJ, Vashtie Kola (@vashtie) is truly a renaissance woman. She has cultivated the Downtown New York City scene for over a decade as a style icon, yet her curatorial outreach and influence spans worldwide. Moving easily among fashion, film and music, she has emerged as “a role model for young tastemakers,” as the The New York Times titled her in a Style section feature profile. Black Enterprise coined her “Vashtie Kola: Curator of Cool.” Vashtie is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts where she studied film and grew up in Albany, New York as a first generation American of Trinidadian heritage.#Vashtie #Director #Filmmaker #Artist #Designer #CreativeConsultant #DJ #NewYorker #BlackHistory #BlackHistoryMonth #BRG8 #FollowTheYES

Lawrence E. A. Norwood (@rubonmybelly) is a Care Coordinator for a non-profit organization located in Milwaukee, WI. He attended UW-Whitewater (@uwwhitewater) where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Lawrence understands that working with the community and understanding mental health needs of our youth is key to the future. Lawrence continues to work daily to make a difference in each family he works with no matter how big or small. Lawrence has been a long-standing member of Young Enterprising Society since 2012 and worked his way up to become Social Media Consultant of YES. In that time he has participated in the Blueprint Cohort 1 & 2 and started Norwood Media Group (@norwoodmediagroup) which is a social media management company that helps small businesses. He is the founder of NMG and currently works with several clients to this date. Lawrence is a proud father, brother, son, uncle, nephew and cousin of many family members. Lawrence has two children which are Langston and Lawren. #MentalHealth #UWW #UWWhitewater #Sociology #YoungESociety #NorwoodMediaGroup #SocialMedia #SocialMediaManagement #BRG8 #TheBlueprint #Blueprint #FollowTheYES

Leslee Lloyd (@envyperez_ ) of Milwaukee, WI Advocate, speaker, mentor and mother of two, she is best known for her role in public relations and social media presence both publicly and behind the scenes. Throughout her adulthood she has contributed to her community by creating and speaking on panels and forums regarding issues that specifically target inner city youth, community service, mentorship, entrepreneurship, and family empowerment. Her passion for connecting with people has also allowed her to brand herself in the Milwaukee entertainment industry as a former radio host and party promoter known as Envy Perez, and to become the founder of Brighter Side of Milwaukee (@BrighterSideOfMke) which is a social media platform that highlights local organizations, events, and resources throughout the city of Milwaukee. #EnvyPerez #BrighterSideofMke #Advocate #Speaker #Mentorship #Mother #PublicRelations #SocialMedia #Entrepreneurship #BRG8 #FollowTheYES

Booker T. Washington was born into slavery and rose to become a leading African American intellectual of the 19th century, founding Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute (Now Tuskegee University) in 1881 and the National Negro Business League two decades later. Washington advised Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. Washington is known as the most influential African American speaker of his time. #BookerTWashington #AfricanAmerican #19thCentury #TuskegeeUniversity #Speaker #BRG8 #BlackHistory #BlackHistoryMonth #FollowTheYES