Monday, May 7, 2012

L’Oréal USA and NY Coalition of 100 Black Women Mentor Young Black Women with Role Model Program

Panelists for the “Keeping it Real – the Politics of Life and Work” Workshop at the Role Model Program, (left to right): LaShada Allan – Manager, SoftSheen-Carson, Olubunmi Awofeso, Dr. Erika Woods, Dr. Barbara Kairson and Cheryl Green-Foster.

NEW YORK, NY— For Spring Break, L’Oréal USA hosted high school and college students at its headquarters on Fifth Avenue on April 30th as part of its support for the New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women’s annual Role Model Program, which allows young women to shadow professional women in their chosen careers for one week during Spring semester break. The students participated in an intensive series of workshops conducted at L’Oréal USA and the professionals served as role models, exposing the students to the realities of the workplace.

“L’Oréal is pleased to play a significant role in enabling the young women in the Role Model Program to develop social and professional etiquette and build the networks that are needed to effectively compete in today’s workforce,” said Antoinette Hamilton, L’Oréal’s Assistant Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion.

“The goal of the Role Model Program is to provide Black female students with a true-life understanding of their chosen professions,” said Avalyn Simon, President of the New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women. “Through linking students with mentors in their field of study, they are provided with an opportunity to observe the practical side of business,” she noted.

Antoinette Hamilton, Assistant Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at L’Oréal USA, with Avalyn Simon, President of the New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women.

Hamilton mobilized the Ralph Lauren Fragrances and Matrix divisions of L’Oréal to host a discussion about fragrance, hair care, skin care and make-up application for busy professional women. The students also completed the Ralph Lauren “My Life in Color” quiz to identify the color of their personality to help them determine the scent from the Ralph Lauren “The Big Pony Fragrance Collection for Women” to suit their individual personality and style. A Dining Etiquette workshop was facilitated by L’Oréal’s Manager of Corporate Catering.

For the second year in a row, a member of the L’Oréal Corporate Talent Recruitment team presented the workshop “6 Elements of Beauty.” Additional workshops included: Dress for Success, Skincare & Make-up Application, “6 Elements of Beauty” – Campus Recruitment; Hair Care, Dining Etiquette Dinner, Keeping It Real in the World of Work and Money Matters.

The week of workshops and job shadowing culminated with a scholarship presentation. This year’s winner of the Evelyn Payne Davis Award was Fion'e Brown, a student from Medgar Evers College. The Evelyn Payne Davis Award is awarded each year to a student who has overcome significant life struggles while excelling academically.

Avalyn Simon, President of the New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women, addresses the audience at the opening reception of the 2012 Role Model Program.

Monica Noel, Treasurer of New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women, addresses the audience.

Role Model college students pose with their new Ralph Lauren Fragrances.

New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women

The New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women is a non-profit organization addressing social, economic, political, cultural and other issues of concern to Black women in the five boroughs of New York City and beyond. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life for its members, their children and extended families, as well as local communities and the larger city, state and nation. For more information, go to

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