Beauty and Brains is a non-for-profit organization based in Chicago, IL. We dedicate ourselves to service, with a primary focus on mentoring young women, and building a community to foster growth and empowerment. We offer our members various educational opportunities, scholarships, and resources as they navigate through college, graduate school, and pursue Professional careers. At Beauty and Brains, we aim to empower all women by boosting their confidence in themselves and their intellect.
We believe every young woman is endowed with natural beauty and unlimited brain power waiting to be untapped, unleashed, and celebrated.
Growing up in the Chicagoland south suburbs, while also spending most summers with family in the city, we became hyper-aware of the privilege that comes from living just 20 minutes outside of city lines. Our childhood memories sparked a desire to give back, and somehow help bridge the gap of inaccessibility to educational resources for young women. Thus, we started the Beauty and Brains Organization. We felt passionately about founding this organization based on both of our academic and, now, professional journeys. Our primary goal is to give young women the support & educational tools necessary to reach their full potential.
In order to truly succeed in anything in life, we must bring our whole selves to the work that we do. However, as young Black women rising up in our education & careers, we often don’t “fit” into the spaces around us. We want to show Black women that we can be confident in ourselves as we are, bring our full selves forward, and still be just as adept as everybody in the room. Despite popular belief, Black women are BEAUTIFUL & SMART, and we want to show the world that. We want to provide the resources necessary for all Black women to be fully confident in themselves and rise to the top of their potential.
This mindset formed the basis for our tag line:
"Confidence breeds Beauty. Intellect produces Power." -Janet & Jennifer
One of the integral components of the Beauty and Brains Organization is awarding scholarship(s) annually at the end of the summer. As a way to celebrate the achievements of all scholars and highlight the scholarship recipient, the Beauty 'N Brunch event was designed, which is essentially a chic networking/motivational event complete with a panel of professionals and a keynote address. In addition to our signature Beauty 'N Brunch event, we also hold other events throughout the year such as LinkedIn Workshops and leadership seminars. Furthermore, we run a thriving Instagram account, which provides relatable lifestyle advice and educational tips important for excelling in school and business.
The goal of Beauty and Brains is not recognition or profit, but simply, it is our way of giving back. We’ve been blessed with so much, and who are we not to share the blessings and all of the knowledge we’ve learned, and will learn, as we continue our own journeys?