Fearless 40 List

Last year, was absolutely the year of the women. Women all over the world launched businesses, excelled in their career path, started radical movements, and so much more. 2017 showed everyone the power of women, now and forever more. Our founder Arian Simone was so inspired by amazing women who are excelling in their careers, she decided to launch a dinner to honor these women. Introducing our Fearless 40 Dinner 2018, where we celebrate these amazing women. 

The women who made the Fearless 40 list are breaking glass ceilings in their perspective industry. From the beauty industry, to content providers, to philanthropist. The women on this list are killing the game and we are so excited to celebrate them at The Fearless 40 Dinner. 

 

Continue reading to be inspired by all the women who made the Fearless 40 List.

KAREN CIVIL

Karen Civil is a social media maven. Civil founded the site KarenCivil.com were she gave readers an inside industry look into hip hop. Through her experience documenting the hip hop industry, she launched Always Civil Enterprises, a consulting and brand strategy agency for celebrities. 

PAYAL PUJJI

Payal Pujji is a dancer, turned owner of ClassPass, a fitness Subscription service. Growing up as a dancer, throughout her corporate career, she still had a passion for dance, squeezing in classes after work. After spending hours looking for a dance class with no avail, she decided to launch ClassPass. ClassPass is a fitness class subscription based company, where you pay a flat rate fee, to get fitness classes in your city. 

YARA SHAHIDI

Yara Shahidi is an actress and activist. Known her her breakout role on the hit show Blackish on ABC, that turned into a spin off show, Grownish on Freedorm. Shahidi gained a large following that she uses to highlight diversify issues in Hollywood. Shahidi is not only an activist, but a role model for women across the world to use their voice for change. Shahidi is also a student at Harvard University. 

MONIQUE RODRIGUEZ

Monique Rodriguez is the owner of Mielle Organics. After years of being a registered nurse, she used her science background to launch Mielle Organics out of her garage. Mielle Organics is dedicated to creating products with healthier ingredients for healthier hair. Since her launch in 2014, Mielle Organics has grown from her garage to the shelf. Her products can be found at your local Target, Sally's, CVS, Walgreens, Kroger, and a host of other retailers. Rodriguez just launched her personal blog, MoniqueRodriguez.com.

 

MASSY ARIAS

Massy Arias is a fearless Instagram fitness trainer and the owner of Try Supplements. Arias struggled with depression and decided to start working out to cope with her personal issues. Arias started to document her fitness journey and has amassed over 2.5 million followers: By not only helping other reach their fitness goals, but discover true self love. 

JENNE CLAIBOURNE

Jenne Claibourne is the  owner of Sweet Potato Soul a vegan based blog and Buddhalicious an online vegan meal prepping service. After working at a vegan restaurant, she decided become vegan and document her journey on her blog Sweet Potato Soul. Her blog has gained major success and she recently launched her book, Sweet Potato Soul Cookbook.

SOPHIA ARMOURUSO

Sophia Armouruso is a entrepreneur and author, who is changing women’s lives. Armouruso started off selling thrifted clothing on EBay, that transformed into Nasty Gal, a multimillion dollar company. From her experience owning NastyGal, she wrote her book GirlBoss, to inspire other women to go after their dreams. After departing ways from Nasty Gal, she launched GirlBoss Media, focused on building a community, content, and experiences that help women redefine success. 

CATARAH HAMPSHIRE & SHONEJI ROBINSON

Catarah Coleman and Shone Ji Robinson Co- founders of Southern Girl Desserts. Southern Girl Desserts was birthed when Coleman and Robinson were searching for a taste of southern hospitality on the West Coast. Coleman and Robinson combined their family recipes to create the successful Southern Girl Desserts. 

 

NECOLE KANE 

Necole Kane is the owner of XO Necole and NPC bikini fitness competitor. After hitting rock bottom, Kane launched a celebrity gossip blog, that became the fastest growing urban blog in the nation. After Kane realized she was unfulfilled, she decided to launch XO Necole, a lifestyle brand that encourages women to share their personal stories. 

LUVVIE AJAYI

Luvvie Ajayi is a author and digital strategist. Ajayi gained her success from reviewing television shows such as Scandal and covering pop culture on her blog, awesomelyluvvie.com. From her blogging success, she decided to launch I'm Judging You: The Do Better Manual. A collection of essays challenging society to do better.  

CHERYL JACKSON

Cheryl Jackson, also known as Cheryl Action Jackson, is the fearless owner of Minnie's Food Pantry. From her experience of being homeless, she launched Minnie's Food Pantry in honor of her mother, Minnie Ewing. Jackson has raised millions of dollars through her fundraisers and philanthropy work. Jackson is also a special correspondent for Entertainment Tonight. 

AMANDA DE CADENET

Amanda de Cadenat is a television host, actress, and author. Cadenat currently host Conversations with Amanda de Cadenet. Where she interviews influential women across the world on various topics such as politics, human rights, relationships, body image, and more. 

MAILE PACHECO

Maile Pacheco is the fearless founder of beGlammed, a mobile hair and makeup provider for every women. Pacheco was formerly an artist relations specalist for MAC,  who recognized a need for on demand beauty services. Pacheco then launched beGlammed to provide on demand services, Uber style, in the beauty industry.

 

ANGELA RYE

Angela Rye is a activist, lawyer, and CEO of IMPACT Strategy, a political advocacy firm. Rye is committed to ensuring positive change in the political process. Never one to shy away from the issues. Rye vocally expresses her opinion on politics as a CNN Political Commentator and NPR Political Analyst. Rye currently has a BET special, State of the Union. 

SARAH JAKES ROBERTS 

Sarah Jakes Roberts is a author, business women, and pastor.  Roberts is dedicated to changing the way the world see's women of faith. Through her life experiences she only had two choices to settle or evolve. This inspired her to launch the Women Evolve network. Women Evolve includes a podcast, conference, and clothing line that influences women to involve into the best version of themselves. 

MONIQUE COLEMAN

Monique Coleman is an actress and philanthropist. After Coleman's breakout role in Disney's High School Musical, she found a passion for philanthropy. She was even named the first ever United Nations Youth Champion for the International Youth of the Year. Coleman is dedicated to promoting peace through her work with UNICEF, UNESCO, USAID, and UN. 

TAHIRA JOY

Tahira Joy is the founder of The Cut Life. After her career as a celebrity publicist, she had an idea to launch a blog about short hair. The Cut Life debunks short hair stereotypes, by showcasing styles for women with short hair. Since then, The Cut Life, has reached over 1.3 million followers on Instagram, of women embracing short hair. 

 

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MICHELLE WILLIAMS

Michelle Williams is a Grammy award winning member of Destiny’s Child and solo gospel artist, turned interior designer. Williams was inspired to transition from the music industry, when she wanted to create a home line inspired by her grandmother who made textiles. She launched Believe by Michelle in homage to her grandmother. A home decor line that includes furniture, candles, artwork, and everything to turn your house into a home. She has recently turned to entrepreneurship with her home decor line, Believe by Michelle. 

MELISSA BUTLER

Melissa Butler is the fearless owner of The Lip Bar, a vegan lip company. After Butler was unsatisfied with her career in Wall Street, she decided to create lipstick in her kitchen, where The Lip Bar was born. After appearing on Shark Tank and was denied investments, Butler received an outpouring amount of support. Now the Lip Bar can be found in Target locations around the United States. 

DANA WARD

Dana Ward is the co-founder of PreHeels. After a background in digital media and content creation, Ward was apart of the founding team of Clever Media. Amelia company that became the model medium for YouTube entertainment source. While walking served red carpets, Ward was tired of getting blisters on her heels. She then launched PreHeels, a spray that get's rid of blisters. 

ALLI WEBB

Ali Webb is the owner of DryBar. Webb a curly haired proffessional stylist, was tired of overpaying for blowouts. Webb then launched DryBar, focused on bein the best at blowouts. Today, Webb owns over 70 plus locations across the United States, dedicated to giving professional affordable blowouts.

 

RONNE BROWN

Ronne Brown is a fearless entrepreneur and network marketer. After being laid off from her job, she decided to step out on faith and launch multiple successful businesses. The Millionaire’s Academy, where she teaches women all over the world to run a successful home based business. The Girl CEO a daily planner and apparel for entrepreneurs. Her nonprofit High Heels High Goals and more. 

CLAIRE SUMLMERS 

Claire Sulmers is the owner of The Fashion Bomb Daily and author. Sulmers launched The Fashion Bomb Daily to showcase fashionable multicultural women. The Fashion Bomb Daily is the number one destination for multicultural fashion. She also released her memoir and self help book The Bomb Life: My Brand, My Terms, which has helped fashionistas across the world. 

JOY CHO

Joy Cho is a designer, blogger, and owner of Oh Joy! Cho launched Oh Joy! A graphic design studio that has transformed into a lifestyle brand that includes lifestyle videos and daily content that inspires people to live a joyful life. Cho has authored three books and consulted hundreds of businesses around the world. 

AYESHA CURRY

Ayesha Curry is a  chef, author, business woman, and television personality. While raising her amply, Curry realized she could make her passion for cooking a career. Curry launched her YouTube channel and gained a huge amount of success from her lifestyle tips. She has since launched her cookbook A Seasoned Life, hosted Ayesha's Homemade on the Food Network, and her first restaurant International Smoke. 

 

WOMEN’S MARCH ORGANIZERS 

The Women's March Organizers goal is to gather the political power of diverse women and their communities to create social change. This women led organization provides training for activist and organizers to create outreach program and events, through their unity principles. These principles include ending violence, civil rights, immigrant rights, and so much more. 

ROBIN & ANDREA MCBRIDE

Robin and Andrea McBride are the owners of McBride Sisters Wine. Robin and Andrea are long-lost sisters who shared the same father and knew nothing about each other. After finding each other they realized they both grew up by a winery. They started to sell wine from New Zealand, after finding out they shared the same passion. They soon launched the McBride Sisters WIne, which can be found at Kroger and wine retailers across the world. 

NICHOLE LYNEL 

Nichole Lynel is the fearless owner of Shop Nichole Lynel. After her cousin gave her a Chanel Paper Dolls for Christmas at five years old, she knew she desired a career in fashion. After a series of challenges, she finally opened a successful online boutique. She decided to step out on faith and launched her solo signature clothing line Nichole Lynel. 

KESHIA KNIGHT PULLIAM

Keshia Knight Pulliam is an actress, philanthropist, and owner of Keshia's Kitchen. Throughout her career as a successful actress on The Cosby Show, House of Payne, and more, Pulliam realized she wanted to fill her passion for children and cooking. This led her to launch Kamp Kizzy a non-profit organization teaching the youth to become confident and successful young women. She also is the founder of Keshia's Kitchen a seasoning collection. 

 

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ASHLEY GRAHAM

Ashley Graham is a model who promotes body positivity. Graham’s has challenged every stereotype of what a model should be. She launched her book, A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like, that showcases her life as a body positivity model. She launched her business Swimsuits For All, to give women of all sizes confidence to embrace their body. 

KANDI

Kandi is a Grammy award winning artist, entrepreneur, and television personality.  Kandi truly believes if you believe it, you can achieve it, and that sums up the trajectory of her career. Kandi is a mogul that has launched successful businesses such as Bedroom Kandi, TAGS Boutique, and The Kandi Factory. Kandi is currently on Broadway as Mama Morton in Chicago. 

TIFFANY HADDISH

Tiffany Haddish is a fearless comedian and actress, who gained popularity through her stellar performance in Girls Trip. Though her career started a decade before through guest appearances and a extensive career in television. She recently released The Last Black Unicorn, her memoir about her fearless journey into Hollywood stardom.

TATIANA GRANT

Tatiana Grant is an entrepreneur. Grant started Infused PR & Events to offer her public relations and event planning service to celebrities, small business, and corporations. As a self proclaimed “foodie”, Grant wished someone could deliver her food on a cold rainy night and Flash Delivery was born. A grocery and restaurant delivery service, based in downtown Detroit.

 

 

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Crystal Streets

Crystal Streets is a jewelry designer. After being a celebrity stylist for Mariah Carey and Usher, Streets was always obsessed with jewelry. She would always create outfits based on the jewelry and accessories. She decided to launch Crystal Streets jewelry for the fashion-forward mom. She sources her diamonds from mines in South Africa, which makes her stand out from other jewelers. 

AVENTER GRAY

Aventer Gray is the founder and director of The Reign Dance Company.  After receiving her masters in the health service industry, she decided to pursue her passion in dance and launched her company to use dance as a way of  healing. Gray's passion of healing, led her to launch Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts, to help the people of Houston along with her husband pastor John Gray. 

BRICIA & PAULINA LOPEZ

Bricia Lopez and Paulina Lopez are the host of Super Mamas Podcast. These first time mamas wanted to create a judgement free space for expectant and experienced mother's. They host a one hour podcast every Tuesday, inspired by their journeys to motherhood and similar cultural upbringing. They also have multiple events for mother's to connect, such as the Super Mamas Social. 

 BARBARA FURLOW-SMILES

Barbara Furlow-Smiles is over Diversity & Engagement at Facebook . Throughout her career she’s been responsible for helping create a diverse workplace.

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