<p>L'Oreal and Coalition of 100 Black Women Host Mentoring Program</p>

"It's about empowering and instilling upon them messages of inspiration," said L'Oréal Assistant Vice President Cecilia Nelson-Hurt.


L’Oreal is giving back to the community with more than foundations and fragrances.

This week, the beauty giant partnered with the New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women to commemorate their annual role model program.

On Monday (April 10), young women from five local colleges and one high school gathered at the Loreal USA Hudson Yard’s office with the purpose of learning more about distinct career paths in beauty, fashion and other technical fields.

“It’s about empowering and instilling upon them messages of inspiration,” said L’Oréal Assistant Vice President Cecilia Nelson-Hurt.

The four-day event provided training, networking opportunities and inspirational talks in hopes of getting the young ladies mentally prepared for their aspiring career paths.

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Industry connoisseurs like Shaunii Rawls, winner of the latest Miss Black Georgia USA beauty pageant, talked with 40 young ladies interested in excelling in the beauty and fashion specifically. 

“Build a foundation so that your children’s children will have more. Dream, believe, and achieve,” Rawls told the attendees, reciting a poem she wrote. “You are a tiger ready to roar, an eagle ready to fly. You are going to make it.”

As the week comes to a close, the young women will also get to shadow women of color in their respected fields, like New York State Supreme Court Justice Tanya Kennedy.

Nelson-Hurt added, “We want them to understand that if they can dream it, believe in the power of their own capability, that there’s no limit to what they can achieve.”

Learn more about the National Coalition of 100 Black Women here