Zandra is a 16 year old entrepreneur from Buffalo, NY. Zandra’s fascination with entrepreneurship began when she was 9 years old; inspired by a simple “no” from her dad. She joined the Kids Biz Small Business Development Center program at Buffalo State College. Just shy of her 10th birthday, Zandra is the youngest to graduate from the all adult class of the Minority and Women Entrepreneurial Program at the University at Buffalo. A graduate of Lucky Break University and member of the National Association of Women Business.
Zandra teaches youth how to dream big, create a plan & do the work.
Zandra has built the award-winning Zandra company into a national beauty brand earning recognition as the Etsy Open Call Golden PO Winner, BE Teenpreneur of the year nominee (2016), Small Business Administration Youth Entrepreneur of the year (2017).
Zandra has been featured on Inc., Black Enterprise, USA Today, NPR, ABC’s Nightline, NBC’s Today Show, Nickelodeon, Harry Show, Steve Harvey’s Funderdome, Seventeen Magazine, Girls Life Magazine. She is the TOFi™ International HERs OWNly JR™ ambassador, and a United Nations Foundation Teen Advisor.
Through philanthropy and advocacy Cunningham champions ‘girls on the move!’ – girl’s rights and education – and leads her company’s Beauty Ambassador Program which donates up to 10% of all profits to support girls’ education
Zandra Beauty, the award-winning natural skin care line by teen entrepreneur Zandra Cunningham – accomplished girl’s rights advocate and philanthropist – is proud to participate as an exhibitor and demonstrate live DIY STEM education sessions at the AmericasMart Atlanta, booth B3, F3 – 2418, from Jan 11th through to the 15th, 2018.
Zandra Beauty offers 40 nutrient-rich natural skincare products as an alternative to commercial products with yucky unhealthy ingredients. “At age nine, I began my passion for making my own skincare product as a result of my dad’s refusal to buy my beloved lip balm!” said Cunningham. Fast forward 8 years, Cunningham operates her award-winning skincare line for teen-sensitive skin from a lab in Buffalo, NY where she distributes to various retail stores globally, including partnerships with Walmart and Paper Mart in the USA.
Promoting her brand philosophy of being ‘More Than Soap and Lotion’ Zandra will open a live Beauty Bar featuring DIY STEM education sessions for exhibit visitors who want first-hand experience of how to make their own natural skin care products.
STEM education in plant-based skincare is the process of combining science, technology, engineering, and math to create natural beauty products from the best ingredients that nature has to offer. “DIY STEM education sessions create exciting educational opportunities for aspiring CEOs through hands-on experience and support our global initiative to help girls and women across the globe to use STEM and entrepreneurship skills to develop their own business innovations,” said Cunningham.
“As the national premier product destination, AmericasMart Atlanta is a great a platform for the Zandra brand to continue its expansion across the USA and develop international partnerships. Our experience of working with retailers of all sizes and platforms – from online to stores – allows us to meet the increasing demand for plant-based and natural skin care ingredients that are proven to soothe, heal and renew skin teenage-sensitive skin. As a trade show special, Zandra is offering free minimum orders of $250 and free shipping and big balm displays over $500. This is a great way to try and buy some of our most popular sell-out products!” added Cunningham.
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Cunningham leads a number of philanthropy initiatives which focus on girl empowerment inspiration and education through the Zandra TLC Foundation.
About the Zandra TLC Foundation
Established in 2016, The Zandra TLC Foundation is a 501(c)3 that was created to expose, empower, and inspire Girls ages 7-18 with an emphasis on underserved communities to see beyond their current situations and expose them to new possibilities in career choice, health, wellness, STEM and more. We know that girls have the power to change their families, communities and impact the world. The Zandra TLC Foundation promotes quality programming that helps create social and economic change through education and entrepreneurship.