Please help us welcome, Dr. Crystal Porter. She is a hair scientist and owner of Mane Insights, a company that conducts research to further understand the specific needs of curly hair. As a recognized contributor in the world of hair science, she also provides knowledge about hair to individuals, professionals and industry leaders. She is passionate about debunking myths and empowering others to properly care for their hair. Dr. Porter spent the majority of her 16-year career at L’Oréal, USA where she managed the Physics Laboratory and Consumer Insights teams to study the biophysical characteristics of hair and pigmented skin within different ethnic groups around the world and to understand behaviors that are related to consumer’s experiences.
Please help us welcome Melissa Nigro of YWCA in Aurora, Illinois. She is the Executive Director for the YWCA. The YWCA focuses on eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Melissa and her team are developing programs that reach out into the community, including after school programs, the Bullying Prevention Peace Program, Getting Ahead and Community Dialogues.