Meet Melan Thomas. As a 12-year old entrepreneur, Melan has been a mentee of Polished Pebbles since she was 10 years old. She participated in the Mommy & Me Entrepreneurship Program during the summer of 2020 with her mom, Jaye. The mentorship and career coaching she received during the program inspired Melan to develop her own business Beauty Glam Nails – a traveling nail polish painting service developed to bring beauty, glam, and makeover services to those who may not be able to make it to the salons. 
Today, Melan is booked for Glam Spa parties across the Chicagoland area and has grown her business to include beauty products and accessories. She is also the author of a coloring book for girls titled Beautiful, Confident, Glam.
Melan has participated in multiple events with Polished Pebbles as a business vendor at events like The Black Women’s Expo, the DuSable Museum’s Juneteenth Celebration, and SocialWorks’ A Night at the Museum.
When she’s not running her own business and launching new products and services, Melan enjoys dancing, cheer, gymnastics, and hip hop.
Read more about her experience as a CEO and Polished Pebbles mentee below.
Q: What is the most valuable thing you learned from Polished Pebbles?
Melan: To rely on yourself in business making. Polished Pebbles is a good mentorship group to help people succeed in business.
Q: How has Polished Pebbles prepared you for your future job?
Melan: Polished Pebbles helped me be able to meet people and showed me more things about being a CEO and giving me opportunities to make my business better.
Q: What is your dream job?
Melan: Owning a nail salon and doing hair and makeup for the stars.
Q: What is your favorite Polished Pebbles memory?
Melan: Participating in the Mommy and Me Program and attending the “Night at the Museum” event as a business vendor with Polished Pebbles.
Learn more about Melan’s business Beauty Glam Nails at www.beautyglamnails.com and follow the business on IG @beautyglamnails2020.

January 2023 Ambassador of The Month: Kimberly L. Nash

Each quarter, Polished Pebbles sits down with a member of our community to discuss their motivations for partnering with our organization. To kick off 2023, we’re pleased to speak with valued Polished Pebbles Ambassador Kimberly L. Nash. 

Name: Kimberly L. Nash
Location: Chicago, IL
Job: National Accounts Director for Remy Cointreau

How Are You Involved With Polished Pebbles?
I’ve been an invested supporter and advocate of Polished Pebbles for the past seven years. I’ve supported Polished Pebbles from both a personal and professional standpoint. I initially started by spreading the word (about the organization) and seeking out individuals to become a part of the cause by email, social media and word of mouth. 

Over the course of the years I also participated in and donated to the various fundraising events, as well as ensured my company was a faithful sponsor of Polished Pebbles, including financial and product donations for donor events for many years. 

Why I Became a Polished Pebbles Ambassador:
I became an Ambassador for Polished Pebbles because I truly believe in the importance of supporting and empowering young women to reach their full potential! This program has designed the perfect “blueprint” to bring this to fruition. I know first hand the value of aligning young women with positive role models, healthy relationships and opportunities. This is all part of helping them feel confident and motivated to strive for excellence. 

As a Global Executive I fully align with the dynamics of this program and how it’s designed to nurture and develop young women to become future business leaders! Polished Pebbles has built a solid foundation in order to raise up “next level” entrepreneurs and CEOs.

My Favorite Polished Pebbles Memory:
My favorite Polished Pebbles memory happened just recently at the 2022 fundraiser. It was amazing to see two sisters, Teja and Tiara, who participated in the Polished Pebbles program years ago come back and speak to their successes and positions within the corporate world. It was a true testament of how phenomenal this organization is. 

Why Others Should Invest in Girls with Polished Pebbles: 
I encourage individuals to invest in Polished Pebbles because supporting this organization contributes to the overall well-being and success of young women in our world. Becoming a part of this program is a way of investing in young women by further developing important skills that will assist with them succeeding throughout school, the corporate world and life. 

Polished Pebbles provides an opportunity to help position young women alongside positive role models and nurture relationships that can help them feel confident and motivated. This program encourages young women to pursue their interests and goals while helping them overcome obstacles and challenges. The amazing women connected to Polished Pebbles are experienced mentors who can provide first hand guidance, support and encouragement. This can have a positive ripple effect on their families, communities and society as a whole! 

Connect With Me on Instagram: @theedonatellaa

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