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March is Women’s History Month and Elevate has been celebrating and elevating the stories of women who have created communities that advance, connect, and support Black and Hispanic & Latinx women.

This Elevate Live will welcome Aleisbel Vázquez, founder of CurlPop Salon and a fierce leader in the curly hair community through her lifestyle brand, community, blog, and website. Join us on Thursday, March 25th at 12pm PT for this live discussion with Aleisbel hosted by Irene Walker, Program Director at Facebook Elevate. Aleisbel will share her journey to finding her tribe, how she was able to build a thriving community online and offline surrounding an identity, and will provide detailed tips on how you can tell your story using online tools, and nurture and grow your community through engaging content.

Aleisbel Vasquez | Guest Speaker

Founder CEO Aleisbel Vázquez Sheppard of all things CurlPop: is the owner and Founder of Social platforms CurlPop ® , CurlPop ® Salon , CurlPop® University —an educational space and based in South Florida. She has popularized the infamous #CurlPopCut . “I realized early in my career that people who weren’t naturally curly or carried our texture were making money off us. I felt it was time for us to fill that space by celebrating our own and creating opportunities for our own growth in our personal lives and providing tools to create business spaces so that we can bank on what’s naturally ours.”

The educational spaces are designed to learn the tools on how to take what’s naturally theirs and turn it into a successful business while growing and learning and celebrating their own and each other's natural hair . The love of natural hair and embracing her curls along her skill for business has allowed her to travel the world. Her work has been seen in all natural curly hair textures , celebrities, editorial sets , launching products and beauty brand consulting. Dubbed as the go-to curl ambassador, brand educator, and trendsetter known as the "Curl Innovator", Aleisbel Vázquez is known to embody her brand tagline and culture : CurlPop is a Vibe.

Irene Walker | Host

Irene Walker is a proven leader in program management, learning and development in digital media, with specialization in product, sales, and marketing. Irene has spent 17+ years developing unique and experiential programs to engage learning audiences with various styles and is known for bringing a spark to traditional forms of program management and training. Prior to becoming the Program Director for Facebook Elevate, Irene was a Senior Director at Yahoo! and Pandora. Today she focuses on strategic and measurable training initiatives in partnership with marketing and product teams, as well as being a compelling presenter and trainer. Irene is equally motivated in life by her personal dedication to social impact and community-based organizations.