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Kimberly Lewis is the co-founder of CurlMix, a clean beauty brand for curly hair. Kim and Tim, her husband and co-founder, were featured on Season 10 of Shark Tank, a critically acclaimed and multi-Emmy Award-winning reality show. With a bachelor’s degree in Logistics & Marketing from the University of Illinois and a relentless drive, Kim has bootstrapped CurlMix to over a million in sales in just 12 months. Shortly after Shark Tank, Kim also raised a seed investment of $1.2M from the CEO of LinkedIn and other partners and grew CurlMix to over $5.5 Million in sales in a calendar year.
Her innovative take on clean beauty hair products has won her praise from top industry publications such as Refinery29, Essence Magazine, Ebony Magazine, ABC TV, and was named 2020’s Forbes 30 Under 30 for Retail and eCommerce.
Kim started her journey into entrepreneurship after quitting her first job with no savings and no job lined up. She had the bright idea of signing her husband up for “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire” because what better way to make money than game show trivia? He went on to win $100,00 and invested it in their first business. After their first failed startup of a niche social network, Kim vowed to succeed at her next venture. She and her husband, Tim, launched CurlMix in 2015 which started as a Do-It-Yourself box – think Blue Apron for curly hair.
In 2018, after two years of stagnation, Kim sought advisors and pivoted CurlMix with a newborn on her hip and with a small investment, turned their best-selling boxes into a haircare line. Now, Kim and Tim now operate a manufacturing facility in Chicago and maintain a full- time staff of 20+ employees, employing minorities, working moms, and women while enjoying her growing family.
Power of Pivot
The greatest companies figure out how to pivot in an everchanging market. The growth of Kim’s company from $100k, to $1M, to $5M in annual revenue came with a major pivot each year that 5X her sales growth. She’s known as the queen of the pivot. Kim teaches a 3-step framework for identifying opportunities within your organization and using your competitive advantage to capitalize on the moment in time and pivot the right way.
How To Build A Team That Wants To Win For You
With 20 employees, half remote and onsite, and zero turnovers, Kim knows how to build a happy team with a realized Dream. Kim uses her P.O.W.E.R. framework to build and manage stellar teams.
You will learn how to:
- Acquire talent the right way
- Manage a remote and onsite team
- Learn what drives your team
- Help them gain skills that will matter with or without you
- Earn their respect and loyalty.
Thinking Like A Startup Founder
Your team has several possible solutions to your organization’s problem, but they aren’t sure what will actually yield the desired ROI. They need to move quickly before it’s too late but you want to avoid wasting your resources on experimentation and testing. In this talk, Kim teaches a 4 step framework for launching new ideas with a lean approach and validating them faster than ever.
Zero to One Million, How to Scale your Startup in One Year
This is a staring contest and whoever blinks first, loses. This is a game where you can will yourself to win, with grit, relentless effort, and a team of people who believe in your vision.
In this talk, Kimberly discusses the secrets to her success:
- Grit – Just keep going, have belief when there is none
- Unwavering Confidence – “I am exceptional!”
- Love for People – Building a business that serves people
How to Start Your Own Beauty Brand - Beauty is not in a Bottle
Everyone is building a brand – learn how to differentiate yourself to stand out.
Motherhood is a Strength and not a Weakness
Kimberly Lewis was able to grow her company to $1 Million in revenue in one year with a newborn, during a business pivot. Having a baby didn’t mean she was distracted, having a baby forced her to have laser focus. Kimberly Lewis shares her experience and ways new mothers are leveraging their roles and why all her first hires were moms.
The Shark Tank Experience
CurlMix was featured in Season 10 of Shark Tank. Learn about Kim’s experience from learning how to get on Shark Tank to getting that first call to be on the show. Kim will guide you on how to prepare for that million dollar pitch so you stand out and how to utilize and monetize PR opportunities.