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Kristen Noel Crawley, the founder and CEO of KNC Beauty, just announced a game-changing initiative in response to the Black Lives Matter movement and the protests that have swept the country (opens in new tab). The beauty entrepreneur is launching her first-ever educational program to help Black female entrepreneurs navigate the beauty industry and successfully launch and grow their businesses. The program is named KNC School of Beauty, and it'll launch on July 14 via Zoom.
In her announcement, Crawley noted that it's always been a dream of hers to build a skincare line and a platform that inspires others. She felt there's no better time then now to pay it forward, she explained: "This is an opportunity for me to give BIPOC female business owners a platform to interact with inspiring and emerging business like-minded students."
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The program will be broken down into four semesters of information centered around entrepreneurship; navigating adversity; social media marketing; and strategic partnerships alongside investors. The four-part program will feature firsthand teachings from successful beauty founders, including Nancy Twine of Briogeo, Trinity Mouzon of Golde, and Melissa Butler of The Lip Bar. The program is tuition-free, and one student will also walk away with a $10,000 grant.
Revlon, a brand that Crawley partners with frequently and one that recently became a member of the brand's diversity council, has pledged $25,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund on behalf of KNC School of Beauty. The official link to register will be provided in early July.