Female Founder Feature – Akilah Releford, Mary Louise Cosmetics

Akilah Releford is the Founder of Mary Louise Cosmetics. Tell us about your company. What inspired you to start it? I started my company in my dorm room at Howard University. I’ve always been obsessed with skincare and beauty products and would often create formulations in my free time and share them via social media. […] [...]




Female Founder Feature – Justine Barone, Gearo

Justine Barone is the Founder & CEO of Gearo. Tell us about your company. What inspired you to start it? Gearo is an outdoor gear marketplace that partners with retailers and connects them with adventure seekers looking for gear to rent and buy. I was inspired to start Gearo after several failed attempts to try […] [...]




Female Founder Feature -Linda Chen, Baby Monster Group

Linda Chen is the Founder of Baby Monster Group. Tell us about your company. What inspired you to start it? Several years ago, I took my daughter, who was almost four years old, to shop for her birthday present. At that age, she usually willingly accepted my suggestions. But, when I suggested getting some Lego […] [...]




Female Founder Feature – Bri Makaric, BRITE bites

Bri Makaric is the Founder of BRITE bites. Tell us about your company. What inspired you to start it? BRITE bites™ is an all-natural probiotic snack bite company, which stands true to its core values of Balanced. Real. Integrity. Trust. Energy. Our first product line includes The Original Bite, Cocoa Bite, and Super Bite. BRITE […] [...]




Female Founder Feature – Betsy Tong, Honistly

Betsy Tong is the CEO & Co-Founder of Honistly. Tell us about your company. What inspired you to start it? Our goal is to build an alternative one-stop financial services brand starting with the car and eventually protecting the stuff people every day. Today people spend $44B on warranties to protect their things. We started […] [...]




Female Founder Feature – Melissa Acton-Buzard, Chameleon Technologies

Melissa Acton-Buzard is the Founder & CEO of Chameleon Technologies.   Tell us about your company. What inspired you to start it? I worked in the staffing industry ever since I graduated from the University of Washington in 1995. Hired as the vendor coordinator for a large contract the company landed with Microsoft, I quickly […] [...]




Female Founder Feature – Kristina Tsipouras Miller, Moroccan Magic Clean Beauty

Kristina Tsipouras Miller is the Founder & CEO of Moroccan Magic Clean Beauty. Tell us about your company. What inspired you to start it? Moroccan Magic is a USDA Organic Argan + Essential Oil lip balm and clean beauty skincare brand. I was inspired to create a better everyday balm for the drugstore and grocery […] [...]




Female Founder Feature – Linda S. Barnes, X-CellSystem, Inc.

Linda S. Barnes is the Founder & CEO of X-CellSystem, Inc. Tell us about your company. What inspired you to start it? I am inspired by the promising market of innovative cell-based therapies. This emerging class of drugs uses living human cells to treat diseases, such as cancer, Sickle Cell, hemophilia, and thalassemia. There are […] [...]