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Entrepreneur is one of those sexy French words that has more to do with patience and perseverance than enterprise and business. Entrepreneurs are the backbone of the American economic landscape and women play a major role in that picture.

According to the 2013 State of Women-Owned Business Report by American Express Open, there are more than 8.6 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. that collectively generate more than $1.3 trillion in revenues to the economy. In that mix includes Spelman alumnae who generate annual revenues up to $6 million. Read about some of our Spelman sisters who are part of the fabric that nourishes the American economy.

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Tai Beauchamp Named a WWD Beauty Power Player

August 2015

Alumnae Profiles: Tai Beauchamp Veteran journalist and Spelman alumna Tai Beauchamp, C’2000, was recently recognized as a “Power Player” on WWD Beauty Inc.’s list of the 50 most influential people in the multicultural beauty market. This recognition follows an action-packed year for the lifestyle expert who also launched her own makeover show, "Dare to Wear," on TLC and will introduce her new website, TheTaiLife.com soon.

A publishing industry veteran, Beauchamp began her career as the fashion and beauty assistant at O, The Oprah Magazine during its launch in 2000. In 2004, at age 25, she became the first African-American woman to assume the role of beauty director at Seventeen magazine. While at Seventeen, she helped spearhead the publication’s practice of featuring real girls in the magazine in addition to models and celebrities.

After a stint as deputy editor of Vibe Vixen magazine as well as years of consulting with a grant-making foundation, she launched The BluePrint Group in 2006 to educate corporations on how to seamlessly infuse social responsibility in their marketing missions. With her dynamic personality and authoritative perspective on fashion and beauty, her work as a strategist for Fortune 500 companies quickly evolved to the next level. 

An energizing speaker, Beauchamp has delivered messages on entrepreneurship, girl power, stylish living, and 21st-century philanthropy to such audiences as the Clinton Foundation, Harvard Business School, Spelman College, Rutgers, Columbia, Howard University, and women’s conferences.

Today, Beauchamp, who earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Spelman and attended New York University’s Television Production program, is style ambassador of InStyle, a lauded host, beauty and style authority, and CEO of Tai Life Media LLC. She has partnered with some of the most reputable consumer and retail brands including Dior Cosmetics, Nordstrom, Tacori, Target, and Proctor & Gamble where she served as spokesperson of P&G’s My Black is Beautiful Movement. She also appears regularly as a correspondent on network and cable television for the likes of ABC, CBS, BET, TV One, and shows including “Good Day New York,”  “The Today Show,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Talk,” “Bethenny” and the “The Wendy Williams Show.”

Beauchamp's ongoing commitment to giving back is evident in her involvement with numerous nonprofit organizations. She is a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Dress for Success, and Step Up Women’s Network. She also serves on the women’s board of trustees of the New Jersey Performance Arts Center; and on the advisory boards of WIE Network, Harlem's Fashion Row, St. Vincent Academy in Newark, New Jersey, and New Jersey Needs You. 

Follow Beauchamp’s musings about style, beauty, media, life, entrepreneurship and philanthropy @taibeau on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.