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Celebrating Black Excellence - Black History Month 2022

Black History Month is an annual commemoration of African Americans' achievements and an opportunity to recognize their pivotal role in American history. The celebration, which is also known as African American History Month, evolved from "Negro History Week," which was created by acclaimed historian Carter G. Woodson and other important African Americans. Since 1976, every president of the United States has declared February to be Black History Month. Other countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom, have dedicated a month to commemorate Black history.

This month, and every month, Female Founder Collective and The 10th House highlights the importance of spotlighting and amplifying Black founders. To celebrate this year, we’re sharing resources and quotes from some of our favorite entrepreneurs.


The more we learn, the more we grow.

- Avary Bradford, Head of Programming & Events

Workshop & Event Highlights

  • Honor your Wellness as Founder: Morning Mindset with Tai Beauchamp

  • Landing Your Dream Retailer Fireside Chat with Beatrice Dixon of The Honey Pot Company

  • Marketing, Media & Outsourcing Fireside Chat with Lauren Wesley Wilson

  • Work/Life Harmony: Worthy Goal or Unattainable Myth? Workshop with Dr. Susan Lovelle

  • Celebrating Black Excellence with Lalah Delia, Danyel Surrency Jones, Krystal Duhaney, and Toria Edmonds-Howell

  • The Art of Knowing Your Worth & Advocating for Change

  • Stand Out & Speak Up Workshop with Amber Williams

  • Intentionally Profitable Workshop with Marguerite Pressley Davis

  • Annual Audit for 2022 Success: Operations Made Easy Workshop with Susan Elizabeth

  • Brand Elevation Workshop with Amber Williams

  • Women, Wealth, & Wellness Workshop with Danetha Doe

  • Brand Your Genius: How To Become the Go-To Industry Expert Workshop with Nikki Nash

  • Knowing Your Worth & Setting Your Prices Panel with Zanade Mann, Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Dixon, and Rebecca Minkoff

  • Finding and Hiring Your Financial Special Forces Workshop with Marguerite Pressley Davis

  • Funding, Fundraising & Hiring Interview with Morgan Debaun

  • Maximizing Cash Flow Without Giving Away Equity Workshop with Sheneya Wilson

  • Disrupting The Funding Process Workshop with Danyel Surrency Jones: Co-Founder & CEO of PowerHandz

  • The Ultimate Networker: Building a Community With Intention with Dee Poku

  • Navigating Relationships At All Stages; From raising $4MM to Silicon Valley with Isa Watson

Quotes & Inspiration

  • To be honest, when I think of being a black female founder during Black History Month, I think about how freaking proud I am to see all of the beautiful, magical AF women there are out there just kicking butt. This fills my heart with so much pride and love for so many reasons. I know firsthand how difficult it is to take an idea and turn it into a business, regardless of race, gender, etc. But, when you add those extra layers, in a society that doubts the most marginalized folks at every twist and turn, almost expecting them to fail, and they still rise? My goodness, all I see is the magic of the universe and a bunch of badass goddesses, capable of any and all things. So, when Black History comes around and I see my sisters getting a little sliver of the praise, support, and accolades they deserve, I cheer. - Shereen Campbell

  • As a black female founder, I am proud to help shift the narrative on what leadership and wealth creation look like. - Anika Janelle Pettiford, Janelle Beauty

  • If I could sum up what being a Black female founder means to me in one word, I'd use the word legacy - especially as I'm a Black female founder in the fashion and retail space, which is notoriously not diverse. Every day, through my companies, I work towards my legacy of creating a significant impact on moving the retail industry forward and into a more diverse, vibrant, and equitable place for all. - DeAnna McIntosh, Retailing Evolved®

  • I am inspired and determined to triumph despite the odds. Being black and a female founder means that I am part of this powerful community that can take on anything that the world throws at me. Like those before me, I have a responsibility to ensure that our stories continue to be told and our voices are heard. When one of us rises we all rise. - Kisha Tyrrell, Enzuri Beauty

  • As the founder of, the premier destination for luxury art and home decor that affirms Black women, I am immensely grateful for the unwavering support of other Black women. Cecilia’s House is Black history in the making and that is because of Black women. - Kadisha Phillips, Cecilia's House

  • Black History Month is a beautiful celebration -- a time to cherish our past while resting in the hope for tomorrow. I'm typically pretty long-winded, but this actually felt like an honest summary of how I feel about BHM & Juneteenth. It's such a sacred time to love on each other as one big colorful family -- a virtual family reunion. - Tiffany Staten, London Grant Co.

  • Being a black female founder means I not only get to live my dreams daily but I get to be part of the collective paving the way for young black girls who will be future female founders too. - CJ Smith, We Scale

  • Being a black founder during Black History Month allows me to reflect on my family’s ancestry and use that history to continue to build a business they would be proud of. - Tracy Wright, Plant-Based Mary Jane

  • Being a black female founder means that I can use my influence and platform to be an example for other black women who dream of taking control of their dreams and creating generational wealth. My presence lets them know everything is possible. - Kimone Napier

Books by Black Female Authors

  • 'Americanah' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • 'Grand Union: Stories' by Zadie Smith

  • 'Homegoing' by Yaa Gyasi

  • 'We Are Never Meeting in Real Life: Essays' by Samantha Irby

  • 'Such a Fun Age' by Kiley Reid

  • 'Red at the Bone' by Jacqueline Woodson

  • 'Sing, Unburied, Sing' by Jesmyn Ward

  • 'The Bluest Eye' by Toni Morrison

  • 'An American Marriage' by Tayari Jones

  • 'Becoming' by Michelle Obama

  • 'The Wedding Date' by Jasmine Guillory

  • 'We Should All Be Feminists'

  • 'The Book of Phoenix' by Nnedi Okorafor

  • 'The Hate U Give' by Angie Thomas

  • 'Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body' by Roxane Gay

  • 'The Sun Is Also a Star' by Nicola Yoon

  • 'Dawn' by Octavia E. Butler

List by Alexis Jones