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Hustle & Glow: Resourceful Entrepreneurship

2020-02-26 18:00:00 2020-02-26 20:00:00 America/New_York Hustle & Glow: Resourceful Entrepreneurship Yelitsa Jean-Charles will speak about how she turned a lack of diversity in the toy industry into a business opportunity with her company Healthy Roots Dolls. Main Library - McMaster Center and Lobby

Wednesday, February 26
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2020-02-26 18:00:00 2020-02-26 20:00:00 America/New_York Hustle & Glow: Resourceful Entrepreneurship Yelitsa Jean-Charles will speak about how she turned a lack of diversity in the toy industry into a business opportunity with her company Healthy Roots Dolls. Main Library - McMaster Center and Lobby

Main Library

McMaster Center and Lobby

Yelitsa Jean-Charles will speak about how she turned a lack of diversity in the toy industry into a business opportunity with her company Healthy Roots Dolls.

Yelitsa Jean-Charles never had a doll that looked like her growing up. The one time her parents gave her a black doll, she burst into tears because it wasn’t the “pretty one”. Since then, Yelitsa has made it her goal to make sure that no other children feel the way she did about her own appearance growing.

While in her Junior year studying Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, Yelitsa redesigned the fairy tale Character Rapunzel as a brown girl with beautiful kinky hair. After speaking with classmates and friends. she saw the opportunity to address the demonstrated need for more diverse toys and representation in children’s publishing.

With a grant from Brown University Social Innovation Fellowship, support from the RISD E’Ship Program, Masschallenge Accelerator program and 674 dedicated Kickstarter backers, Healthy Roots was born.

Yelitsa has gone from not knowing how to do her own hair at the age 21 to teaching young girls all about their own.

Since starting Healthy Roots in 2015, Yelitsa has graduated from RISD with a BFA in Illustration and a concentration in Gender, Race & Sexuality. She was most recently recognized on Essence’s 2017 50 Founders to Watch list and won the Startup Stampede as well as the New Voices Fund Pitch competition.

AGE GROUP: | Adults (18+) |

EVENT TYPE: | Small Business and Nonprofit |

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