We wouldn't be doing our part if we didn't take time to recognize women who are killing it in their respective fields -” grinding pretty” so we call it. During our VIP brunch on April 23rd, we are awarding six women the flowers they deserve. Read all about them below and join us during Grind Pretty Fest 2023!
Getting her start early on at Tyler Perry Studios, Hayslett worked as a costume designer and personal stylist for Tyler Perry for years. Being a student of the game, Hayslett would study cast members to gain acting skills while simultaneously auditioning for roles she would never land. This later led her to a guest appearance in Perry’s hit series “Sistahs.” Her breakout role as Fatima eventually became a series regular, and now Hayslett has landed a leading role in Tyler Perry’s new show “Zatima.”
Sonya Richards-Ross has concreted her place in sports history. She’s a Jamaican-American Olympic champion setting a world record as the fastest American woman in the 400 meter sprint. After such accolades Richards went on to become a NBC sports analyst, Nike ambassador, and recent co-star of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Her passion project, MommieNation, supports and provides resources to her black mom community.
Kerr’s role at Mahogany allows her to expand the brand into new markets, elevating the consumer experience. So far, she’s launched an all-new website for the company amplifying conversations among black women while simultaneously revamping the marketplace for Mahogany products. In addition to Kerr’s professional career she sits on multiple community boards, is an avid traveler having visited more than 60 countries, and a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Known most for her role as an entertainment manager (Jim Jones), entrepreneur, and reality television star (VH1’s Love and Hip Hop), Yandy is a force to be reckoned with. In 2008, she was recognized as Billboard Magazine’s “Top 30 Executives Under 30” working at Warner Bros Music, Monami Entertainment, and Violator Management. She’s gone on to produce film and broadway plays and launched YELLE Skincare, a plant-based product line for melanated skin.
Potter’s current role as VP allows her the ability to use her knowledge as a thought leader to resolve strategic issues within the company. Her track record in creating social and cultural change extends beyond to non-profit organizations as well. In 2018, Potter was awarded “Change Agent of the Year” by Digital Diversity Network for her outstanding work. In all, she used film, technology, and new media as a catalyst for social change. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Known as “Dr.Key”, a doer and shaker in the world of black entrepreneurs. Her advocacy for business development, community empowerment and founding principles has led her to serve over 1200 businesses and facilitate $6.3M of direct sales to black-owned businesses. She founded The Village at Ponce City Market in Atlanta, Ga to remain a hub for black business to connect with new consumers. Dr.Key is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Written by Taylar Broadnax
Oftentimes on our entrepreneurial journey, we get discouraged because we’re not exactly where we desire to be, but insight is what allows one to see the bigger picture, and what’s to come if we simply persevere. At 13, Dr. Mya Smith-Edmonds began working at her father’s McDonald’s where she developed her strong work ethic, accountability, discipline and focus. Today she is the proud owner of nine McDonald’s restaurants.