Meet the “Beauty Boss” and get your tickets to Seeds of Growth luncheon

Featured Speaker: Gwen Jimmere

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)- GROW is proud to present its 2016 Seeds of Growth luncheon, a celebration of women entrepreneurs in West Michigan. The event recognizes three local women as, “Volunteer of the Year”, “Business of the Year”, and the “Leadership Award”.  The event goes to benefit the programs at Grand Rapids Opportunity for Women (GROW).   Registration is now open. This year’s event features keynote speaker Gwen Jimmere, founder and CEO of Naturalicious.  Also sponsorships for this event are still available for as little as $250!

Seeds of Growth Awards Luncheon & Fundraiser


Tuesday, October 4, 2016
11:30 am–1:30 pm
JW Marriott
245 Louis Campau Promenade NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Keynote Speaker

Jimmere is the first black woman to hold a patent for a natural hair care product, as well as the winner of the 2014 Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition, and one of Hello Beautiful’s 30 Under 30 Entrepreneurial Mavens.  Gwen was down to her last $34, divorced and just starting life as a single mom when she lost her job.  She knew that waiting to follow her passion was not a wealth strategy so she dove into her kitchen and came out with Naturalicious, now one of the fastest growing natural hair care companies in the United States!

As the founder and CEO of Naturalicious, Jimmere has grown her beauty industry start-up into one of the fastest growing hair care companies in the United States. Recently named by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the top beauty brands in the United States, the line is sold in select Whole Foods stores, all Mustard Seed Market locations, and other fine retailers and boutiques.

Jimmere also co-owns Pitch Proof, where she coaches and trains small business owners on how to prepare for, enter, and win business pitch competitions, as well as how to successfully attract equity investment opportunities. Additionally, she consults with entrepreneurs on business strategy, marketing, advertising, and distribution.

Prior to beginning Naturalicious, Jimmere held the position of global digital marketing manager at Ford Motor Company, overseeing and executing its digital marketing strategy. Later, she went to work for Uniworld, one of the world’s largest multicultural advertising firms, where she spearheaded digital strategies for clients including Ford, Home Depot, Marriott Hotels, and many more.

Meet Gwen at a special reception

Featured Speaker: Gwen Jimmere
Featured Speaker: Gwen Jimmere

Get up close and personal with Gwen at a special reception on Monday October 3rd.  The first 50 women who register for Seeds of Growth will receive a FREE ticket to an Invitation Only Special Reception with Keynote, Gwen Jimmere.

Seeds of GROWth Speaker Reception
Monday, October 3, 2016
Graciously Hosted by Varnum LLP

Help support the Women’s Resource Center by becoming a Seeds of Growth Luncheon sponsor.  Opportunities are still available for as little as $250.

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