Photo credit: Pharrell/ YouTube/ Chanel
Pharrell’s Black Ambition have teamed up with Chanel to launch a two-part mentorship program for Black and Latinx entrepreneurs.
The news was announced via video by Pharrell himself who revealed first that the program would feature a panel called “Women Who Lead” with Medley co-founder Edith Cooper, Tracee Ellis Ross and Good American CEO and co-founder Emma Grede and Imaginary Ventures co-founder and partner Natalie Massenet. In this panel, they will explore leadership through the lens of the woman.
“It’s important to have recognizable faces, and faces that represent brands that they build,” Williams told Vanity Fair.
The second part of the partnership highlights a “comprehensive mentorship program,” which includes a set of workshops that would be offered to the Black Ambition prize finalist. This select group will have “unprecedented access to the Chanel leadership community, as well as the brand’s network of experts that will help teach them the essentials of brand building skills for 21st century business” to help with the business side of things, which Pharrell mentions is a difficult aspect for winners of the prize.
“Even when you have a great business plan you might not find the right operators,” Pharrell explained. “[The mentorship program] teaches you all of those things. Success really does have a lot of authors. Usually when you say ‘success has a lot of authors’ it’s a dig at people who didn’t do something but are taking the credit. In this particular sense when it comes to running a business, success does have a lot of authors – there are a lot of signatures needed to cosign to get a brand new idea off the ground.”
Check out the announcement above and let us know if you plan to sign up!