Melissa Butler

Melissa Butler is a Detroit native who has skillfully and strategically launched start-up beauty brand, The Lip Bar, into a nationwide phenomenon.

Melissa obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance from Florida A & M University before going on to work on Wall Street as a licensed stock broker. Her journey from stocks and bonds to beauty was created by her frustration with the beauty industry’s lack of diversity and excessive amounts of chemicals.

This frustration led Melissa to manufacture lipstick in her Brooklyn kitchen in effort to challenge the status quo and the industry’s linear take on beauty.

“Everyone deserves to have representation. Without it, we are left seeking validation” – Melissa

Since launch, Melissa has taken The Lip Bar on Shark Tank, The Bethenny Show and it has graced the pages of Essence, Ebony and Cosmopolitan Magazines. The Lip Bar is headquartered in Detroit and can be found on as well in Target stores across the country.


Sunday 03:30 PM E Suite

Get the real truth about accessing capital and what you need to "secure the bag:" The New Voices Fund will reveal helpful tips when it comes to financing your business venture. Speakers include: Arlan Hamilton, Founder and Managing Partner at Backstage Capital; Sevetri Wilson, Founder and CEO of Solid Ground Innovations; Melissa Butler, CEO and Founder of Lip Bar; and Richelieu Dennis, Founder and Chairman, ESSENCE Ventures LOCATION: E Suite / Offsite Event | NOTE: Paid ticketed event offsite – Limited Tickets available for Sunday, July 8, 2018