Minneapolis, MN (7/10/18) - Making its return on Saturday, August 11, 2018, the Shades of Beauty Expo seeks to celebrate the beauty and strength of all women of color through exhibits, workshops, and demonstrations that embody health and wellness from the inside out while also connecting them with businesses and organizations that acknowledge and appreciate their beauty. 

The Shades of Beauty Expo will begin the day with the Ambassadors of Beauty Brunch which will honor those who motivate women to love themselves from the inside out, fight to eliminate health disparities and work hard to make sure that every woman understands her worth.

We are proud to announce that the 2018 keynote speaker will be Dr. Reatha Clark King. Dr. King is an African American administrator, educator, scientist, and philanthropist. She has transcended significant barriers to becoming one of the nation's first African-American women to receive a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Chicago. Her early work in thermochemistry aided NASA's space program. Her many public accomplishments include serving as president of Metropolitan State University where she had a significant impact and as president and executive director of the General Mills Foundation, where she oversaw its philanthropy and citizen programs. She served on numerous boards of several Fortune 500 Companies where she provided leadership in ethics and business. She has served on the board of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and as a trustee of Clark Atlanta University. She is a life trustee of the University of Chicago and the recipient of 14 honorary degrees in addition to many other awards. She was one of the Humphrey School's Hill Fellows in 2004 and continues to participate in the School's Leadership and Management area and on the Humphrey School of Public Affairs Advisory Council.

After hearing from our phenomenal speaker we will recognize our 2018 Ambassadors of Beauty Award finalists: Stefanie G. Asante-Totimeh, Jasmine Boudah, Nicole Foster, Monica Habia, and TraNeicia Sylvester. These women were selected from numerous nominations that were submitted by members of the community and have proven to go above and beyond to empower women and girls of color throughout the Twin Cities. Join us as we hear Dr. King's empowering message and honor these exceptional women.

The Shades of Beauty Expo is also accepting applications for exhibitors with innovative products for hair, nails, makeup, skincare, healthcare, nutrition, fashion, or fitness that would like to showcase in a way that empowers women of color to recognize and embrace their beauty inside and out.

Shades of Beauty Expo
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Brunch at 10 a.m.; Expo Noon-6 p.m.
St. Paul Rivercenter, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. MN
$10 for expo only; $50 for brunch and expo.
Information and tickets for the Brunch and Expo are available online at ShadesOfBeautyExpo.com

Contact: Sherryln Thompson, 612-642-1978, info@shadesofbeautyexpo.com