Discover some of the diverse businesses we support in this pathbreaking new series, where we shine a light on unique brands and their founders, capturing their struggles and successes.
We Are The Founders
Community makes us who we are. We built our businesses to lift up our communities. Join us on our journey while we bridge the divide. Check out the premiere of Episode 1 on 2/28 at 9am CST.
Meet Monique, Founder of Mielle
Monique Rodriguez, CEO and Founder of Mielle Organics, is on a mission to share her regimen of healthy, tailbone-length hair with the masses. She is also passionate about inspiring women in business and entrepreneurship. Community means a lot to Monique and the Mielle brand. She believes giving back to entrepreneurs is very important and enjoys showing minorities that the opportunities in front of them are limitless. To learn more about Mielle Organics, visit https://mielleorganics.com/
Meet Andrew, Founder of OTIS Dental
Andrew Lee, founder and CEO of OTIS Dental, is putting the care in oral care. Andrew shares his story of surviving a hate crime, finding his strength, and how that strength led him on a personal mission to make a real difference in people's lives.
Meet Shontay; Founder of Black Girls Sunscreen
The third episode of Shelf Life spotlights Shontay Lundy, founder of Black Girl Sunscreen, an innovative product promoting sun care among people of color.
Meet Genesis, CEO and co-founder of Lorenzo's Frozen Pudding
Genesis Bencivenga Sr., CEO and co-founder of Lorenzo’s Frozen Pudding, took her father's banana pudding recipe from the family kitchen into national stores. See how she overcame a couple setbacks with support from the Walgreens Top Shelf program (third time is the charm!), to leave a delicious legacy for future generations.
Meet Rick, CEO of Galerie Candy and Gifts
Meet Walgreens partner Rick Ross, CEO of Galerie Candy and Gifts. An entrepreneur with a passion for candy, Ross is satisfying America’s sweet tooth with chocolate, novelty candy and confectionary gifts. In this episode, he shares his struggles as a gay business owner facing discrimination in the 1980s retail industry and how his experience inspired him to advocate for diversity.