Elevate Conference

Connecting The Black Business Community

April 6, 2019

Beauty & Grooming Panel

Shaping the Future of the Black Beauty Experience

With 40+ foundation shade ranges now the standard instead of the exception, the beauty industry is rapidly shifting to cater to diverse consumers. Our panel consists of leaders in the beauty industry who will discuss inclusivity in beauty and the evolution of the black beauty experience.


Grace Eleyae

Founder & CEO of Grace Eleyae satin-lined caps

From assistant to CEO, Grace Eleyae turned what she viewed as her biggest disadvantage into one of her greatest opportunities.  In 2014, as a solution to her completely damaged, broken and dry hair, Grace did the big chop (gulp). It gave her the courage to live the life she wanted regardless of negative external influences. In other words, it gave her the courage to live confidently. That same year, she created the Slap (Satin-Lined Cap)® as a solution to a very real problem in her life--hair breakage. Since then, Grace and her products have been featured on ABC’s The View, The Today Show, ELLE Magazine, New York Magazine, ABC News, Allure Magazine, Teen Vogue, Essence, Refinery 29, Huffington Post, and more. 

 In just over 4 years, the company has sold more than 700,000 products to over 250,000 people worldwide. Grace has broadened her product line to satin pillowcases, satin scrunchies, satin-lined baseball hats and more versatile luxury satin hair protective products that are designed to combine style, comfort and functionality for the modern woman.


Sarah Henry

Senior Vice President & GM of Fresh Cosmetics

Sarah Curtis Henry is Senior Vice President and General Manager of North America for Fresh, a global beauty brand founded in Boston in 1991 and raised in New York. In this role, she leads strategy, business development, and operations for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico and a cross-functional team spanning marketing, omnichannel sales, education & events, e-commerce, social, PR, customer service, and visual merchandising.

Prior to this role, Sarah was VP of Global Marketing for Fresh and led the development of the product and promotional marketing strategy, pipeline, and launch campaign development with a 3 to 5-year outlook tailored by region and market. Before joining Fresh, Sarah was Vice President of U.S. Marketing, Public Relations and Education for Guerlain. In this role she led brand strategy development, national and trade marketing initiatives across all categories including Skincare, Fragrance and Makeup, media relations, digital, and education programming for Guerlain selling staff across all national retail distribution points.

Prior to LVMH, Sarah spent almost 5 years at Estee Lauder Companies with a focus on global marketing, most recently as Executive Director, Global Skincare Marketing at Clinique. Before joining Clinique, Sarah held Executive Director and Director, Global Marketing roles on the Estee Lauder brand on the Makeup category. Prior to Estee Lauder, Sarah held marketing positions at L'Oreal USA on the L'Oreal Paris Skincare and Softsheen-Carson brands.

She began her career at JPMorgan Private Bank as an analyst and ended her six year tenure there as Vice President, Marketing and Sales for the Multi-Manager Investment Advisory Group. Sarah holds a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College with a concentration in Economics. She is a native of Brooklyn, New York and currently resides in Manhattan with her husband and 3 year old son. Sarah has been a member of two charter school boards, a member of Spelman and Harvard Business School Alumni groups, advisor to HBS Field entrepreneurial teams, a volunteer for New York Cares, and a member of Cosmetic Executive Women and the March of Dimes Spirit of Beauty Committee. She enjoys mentorship, exploring new cities and countries, the arts, scuba diving, and spending time with family and friends.


Maloni Goss ‘08

Head of Accounts, Beauty & Fragrance at Chanel

Maloni Goss is the Head of Fragrance and Beauty Accounts for CHANEL Inc. where she oversees strategic investments and partnerships with Multi Brand Retailers like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Maloni has had an extensive career in retail and luxury goods. She spent the first part of her career in buying and merchandising at both Gap Inc. and Polo Ralph Lauren. After business school, Maloni joined CHANEL Inc. where she held various roles including Director of Corporate Strategy and Director of Fashion Strategy and Business Development. In 2014 Maloni joined SUNO, an emerging designer brand as their COO where she oversaw all aspects of business. Maloni then went on to launch her own consulting agency, Goss Strategic Advisors, where she counseled luxury brands under $20 Million in Revenue like Sheryl Lowe Jewelry, EB Florals, Natalie Martin and Michelle Waugh. She returned to CHANEL Inc. in 2018.

Maloni has an M.B.A from Columbia Business School (c/o 2008), and a Bachelor of Arts from Spelman College.


Julee Wilson (Moderator)

Fashion & Beauty Director at ESSENCE magazine and ESSENCE.com

Julee Wilson is the Fashion & Beauty Director at ESSENCE magazine and ESSENCE.com. She oversees the brand’s vision for style and beauty from daily posts on the website to its stunning monthly editorials and covers. Wilson was previously the Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor at The Huffington Post — and before that spend several years as a fashion editor at Real Simple magazine. Her writing has appeared in InStyle, Conde Nast Traveler, Business of Fashion, and The International Journal of Fashion Studies — just to name a few. Wilson has also lent her voice on national and international television shows including: CNN, The Today Show, Fox News, and CBS Early Show. She received her B.A. in Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond and is an alum of Stanford’s former Professional Publishing Course. Wilson serves on the advisory board for Harlem's Fashion Row and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She resides in Harlem with her brilliant husband, dope four-year-old son, and a massive shoe collection. 


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