Alumnae Profiles: Precious L. Williams
While alumnae and business leaders from all over the country were learning about "Building Wealth, Entrepreneurship and Paying it Forward," at the 2013 Spelman College Leadership and Women of Color Conference, Precious L. Williams, C'2001, was actually putting the principles taught there into practice at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneur's Conference in Columbus,Ohio.
On May 16, Williams, CEO and creator of Curvy Girlz Lingerie, LLC, a bra and intimate apparel shop for full-figured women, was one of ten finalists in BE's Elevator Pitch contest. In 60 seconds, the New York-based attorney, entrepreneur, blogger, producer, mentor and motivational speaker sold her dream to a panel of judges that included hip-hop legend MC Lyte, actor & producer Craig Wayans, Navarrow Wright, CEO of Maximum Leverage Solutions, and Earl Butch Graves Jr., CEO of Black Enterprise. Armed with a passion to make the world a better place for curvacious woman everywhere, Williams wowed the judges in front of a live audience, and walked away with the $10,000 grand prize.
Williams is strategically building her business and plans to use her winnings to further develop the Curvy Girlz brand. According to an article in the New York Daily News, Williams has sold $113,000 worth of her wares online, and has generated a $40,000 profit. She holds monthly “lingerie house parties” throughout New York which typically rakes in approximately $4,500 per night.
"By September, Williams plans to expand into the Chicago, Atlanta and Wasington, D.C., markets, and in another year or two, she hopes to realize her big dream: A brick-and-mortar retail storefront in Harlem," reported Douglas Feiden.
Williams, who established the company in 2011, says, "Curvy Girlz Lingerie, LLC is all about inspiring women to take their sexiness and allure to the next level.Loving the skin you're in brings out the inner glow of self-esteem and the outer shine of self-confidence."
An English major, Williams graduated magna cum laude from Spelman, and was a member of the Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program, Phi Beta Kappa, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Eta Kappa chapter. Williams was also a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium scholar, Dewitt Wallace Academic scholar, McDonnell-Douglas Heritage scholar, and a Budweiser Jammin’ for Education scholar.
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