Joy Hankins, founder of The Joy of Curls, is an educator turned small business owner who recently found success at the Athene Black and Brown Business Summit.
Things have come full circle for Joy Hankins. The schoolteacher turned business owner has been able to help Iowa kids outside of the classroom. Hankins started her hair care product line, The Joy of Curls, back in May 2020. She has adult products and some for kids called Pumpkin Baby, the money from those sales goes toward helping children in the foster system.
My mentor, Curtis Baugh, told me about a program One Million Black Women: Black in Business. It included 12 weeks of business education, in-person learning at Goldman Sachs headquarters, a $2,000 stipend and advisors assigned to assist along the way. I applied, and within two weeks I was in New York! From the moment I walked in the room at Goldman Sachs I was greeted with affirmation, smiles, hospitality and so much love.
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