Rich Dennis, who famously sold Sundial Brands, owner of Shea Moisture to Unilever, then turned around and purchased Essence Magazine is keeping busy. He purchased the private estate of famed black hair care entrepreneur, Madame C.J. Walker, for his New Voices Foundation. He plans to use it as a think tank for black women entrepreneurs.
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The “Villa Lewaro” estate was famous for hosting the likes of Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. Dubois, and Langston Hughes during the Harlem Renaissance. The home was privately owned and did not give public tours, though they have been known to host private events and tours in the past. You can take a virtual tour here.
Rich Dennis is known to be an avid supporter of women in business. Just listen to him talk here and you can learn all the ways he has helped women-owned indie brands thus far. So his plans to turn the first self-made women millionaire’s home into a think tank for self-made women is a perfect match.