Amanda E. Johnson, Mented Cosmetics Co-Founder, Will Speak at BLACK ENTERPRISE’s Small Business Summit

BLACK ENTERPRISE will present its first Small Business Summit on Thursday, May 6. A lineup of game-changing business leaders and industry innovators will participate in this virtual event.

Among the speakers will be Amanda E. Johnson co-founder and COO of Mented Cosmetics, who will participate in “How Your Business Can Profit from Diversity, Equity & Inclusion” from 2:35- 3:05 p.m. The panel is hosted by Wells Fargo.

Mented Cosmetics is KJ Miller and Johnson’s collection of beauty products for women of color. BLACK ENTERPRISE also reported about the African American women raised $1 million in capital for their business.

According to Mented Cosmetics’ website, the idea for the company began when Miller and Johnson asked themselves why it was so hard to find the perfect nude lipstick.

“That conversation sparked an idea, and that idea became the brand we are building today. We created Mented Cosmetics because we believe every

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Acrisure Adds Marolda; Smeltzer Joins Jewelers Mutual; Rockford Mutual’s Johnson Retires


Acrisure, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., appointed Matthew Marolda as its first chief innovation officer.

Marolda will focus on business and growth opportunities aligned with Acrisure’s artificial intelligence (AI), data and technology platform.

Marolda previously has served as the chief analytics officer of Legendary Entertainment and as a member of the executive leadership team at Tulco Holdings, as well as president of WarnerMedia’s Applied Analytics division.

Jewelers Mutual Group

Jewelers Mutual Group in Neenah, Wisconsin, has added Mark Smelzer to its leadership team as chief content executive.

Smelzer comes to Jewelers Mutual from a nearly two-decades-long career as publisher of JCK magazine and JCKonline, widely considered the industry authority for the United States jewelry industry. During his tenure at JCK, he oversaw the publication’s evolution from a print magazine to a digital platform, and introduced the JCK Content Studio for content marketing.

Smelzer currently serves on the board for

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Icon Beverly Johnson Reveals a Pool Was Once Drained After a Fashion Shoot Because She’s Black

Supermodel Beverly Johnson made history when she appeared on the cover of Vogue in 1974, becoming the first Black woman to do so. But over four decades later, the 67-year-old pioneer, who grew up in Buffalo, New York, says there’s still much that needs to be addressed in the fashion industry and beyond. This is her story, as told to PEOPLE.

The first time I ever experienced racism, I was 12 or 13. We were riding our bikes in a white neighborhood and all the kids started throwing pop bottles at us. I heard them call us the N-word. That was the first time I really heard it. It really chipped away a little piece of my heart, but it also made me more determined.

When I started my modeling career in the 1970s, I wanted the top modeling agent. That was Eileen Ford. She said, “You’ll never be on

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