Featured Kimberly Lewis Co-Founder CurlMix Keynote Speaker Startup Beauty
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Tags: Gravity's Exclusives / Business / College & University / Entrepreneurship / Startup / Motivational


Kimberly Lewis is the co-founder of CurlMix, a clean beauty brand for curly hair. 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. Kimberly can also be seen 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 taken CurlMix to over a million in sales in just one year.

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 operates a manufacturing facility in Chicago and maintains a full-time staff, employing people of color from her community while enjoying her growing family.


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 Create a Place Where People Love to Work

A happy team equals a realized dream. Kimberly learned to measure her businesses effectiveness by how happy her team and customers are. If your team is happy, you are happy – so what can do you achieve both?

You will learn how to….

  • Put yourself in your employee’s shoes and make decisions for them based on empathy and understanding – not bottom lines and KPIs.
  • Help employees find meaning in their work
  • Know their dreams and aspirations and why they want to work for you

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.



👀out for these 1871 #startups that made @AmericanInno's "20 Startups to Watch" list: @CurlMix @draftbit @TripScoutApp @tryfivetonine

Our alums just can't stay off of #ForbesUnder30! Congrats to Career Prep alum Kimberly Lewis on making the list for her extremely successful organic haircare company, @CurlMix. #MLTProud #MLTAlumni

Congrats to @CurlMix for making the @Forbes 30 under 30 list!! 🎉👏

So 🔥 to see the people behind @CurlMix (and #KBOS19 speakers) recognized on the #ForbesUnder30 2020 Retail & #Ecommerce list. Congrats! via @forbes

Congrats to Kim and Timothy Lewis, co-founders of @CurlMix, for being recognized as #ForbesUnder30 in retail and eCommerce! We 🧡 to see the ways CurlMix is reinventing how customers shop with Messenger + SMS.

Congrats to @Curlmix’s Kimberly and Timothy Lewis on their well deserved Thirty Under Thirty recognition. Sometimes it pays to not take the Shark Tank offer.

😂😂😂😂😂😂 Keke definitely has to play Angela Bassett in the future

Thinking back to her time at #ILLINOIS, Kim Lewis '13 knew exactly who she wanted to be after Prof Paul Magelli exposed her to “the power of being an entrepreneur.”

The Gies grad is CEO & cofounder of CurlMix, a Chicago-based, haircare products business.

Awesome story of another successful @Illinois_Alma and @giesbusiness alumna inspired to become a successful entrepreneur by Dr. Paul Magelli, Sr. @kimandtimlewis @curlmix

From #ILLINOIS graduate to CEO of CurlMix, Kim Lewis is on a mission to empower curly-haired women.

Lewis will be speaking this week at Illini Days in Chicago.