Terra Beauty Bars' CEO Selected as Tory Burch's Foundation Women's Entrepreneur Fellow Fernanda Gomes is selected as 1 of 50 Tory Burch Foundation Fellows for 2021
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NEW YORK, NY (June 25, 2021) – The Tory Burch Foundation announced today the 50 early-stage women entrepreneurs selected for the 2021 class of the Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Program, now in its seventh year.

Receiving over a thousand applications, the Foundation selected a cohort of diverse small businesses for the year-long education program. The Fellows also have access to a premier online peer-to-peer network, a $5,000 grant for business education, inventory loan-fund and extensive mentorship opportunities.

Traditionally providing four days of workshops in Tory Burch’s New York office, the program evolved in 2020 to focus on virtual learning due to the pandemic. “We pivoted quickly and redesigned our programs to navigate women through the crisis,” noted Laurie Fabiano, President of the Tory Burch Foundation. “As a result, we found better ways to deliver programming and meet the greatest needs of our community.”

Tory welcomed the new group of Fellows over Zoom (watch the video). “To amass this group of women is why I started the company,” said Tory Burch in a virtual welcome address to the incoming Fellows class. “I don’t talk about it a lot, but 17 years ago, that was my business plan: to start a global fashion company so I could start a foundation for women. To see it come to fruition like this; to see this beauty on my screen; hearing you speak, is so inspiring.”

Hailing from 18 states including Washington, D.C., all ranging in age from 24 to 60 - the 2021 Fellows are diverse in every sense of the word. The top industries represented are retail, apparel, food/beverage and technology, with two entrepreneurs making strides in the male-dominated construction industry. Several of the companies represented are purpose-driven, with many focusing on sustainability initiatives and fifty-eight percent of those are founders of color.

The majority of the entrepreneurs have been in business less than five years, and considering that nearly half of all small businesses fail within those first five years, it is a critical time. In addition, women founders are less likely to pass $1 million in revenue.

The Foundation is dedicated to helping the Fellows reach and surpass these key indicators of success.

The 2021-2022 Fellows Program is Made Possible with Support From

BDT Capital


General Atlantic Foundation Rene Kern

Trott Family Philanthropies

American Express





A Complete List of the 2021 Tory Burch Foundation Fellows

  1. Adriana C Vazquez: Lilu, New York
  2. Adrienne Pickett: The Guerrilla Politic, Michigan
  3. Ahva Sadeghi: Symba, California
  4. Amira Rasool: The Folklore, New York
  5. Anastasia Montoya: Lean Orb, Florida
  6. Annabel Gatto: Suitably, New York
  7. Avani Sarkar: Modi Toys, New Jersey
  8. Cameron Hardesty: Poppy, Washington DC
  9. Catherine Griffin: ImpactableX, Pennsylvania
  10. Cecilia Flores: Webee, California
  11. Christine Ntim: Global Startup Ecosystem, New York
  12. Claudia McMullin: Hugo Coffee Roasters, Utah
  13. Emily Bibb: Curated, Colorado
  14. Erica Williams: gr8nola, New York
  15. Esther Wallace: Playa Society, Massachusetts
  16. Fernanda Gomes: Terra Beauty Bars, Florida
  17. Janice Omadeke: The Mentor Method, Texas
  18. Joyce Zhu: Numa Foods, New Jersey
  19. Kahindo Mateene: KAHINDO, New York
  20. Katy Flannery: Beckon, Massachusetts
  21. Kia-Shun Voltz: ShampooTime, Texas
  22. Kim Hehir: Brutus Broth, Maryland
  23. Kristen Schmitt: WELL, California
  24. Krystal Vaquerano: Sheabrand, New York
  25. LaTeasha Gaither-Davis: Therapeutic Focus, Arkansas
  26. Lisa Weiss: Storybeat Studio, Illinois
  27. Mackenzie Drazan: MiResource, California
  28. Malika Jacobs: Kingmakers, Ohio
  29. Mandy (Chi Man) Yeung: bobagreen, New York
  30. Mariloly Orozco: Little Postage House, Tennessee
  31. Meggie Palmer: PepTalkHer, New York
  32. Mildred Tolentino: M TO-Pros, New York
  33. Movitzsa Simmons: Smooth Pops, New York
  34. Pamela J. Booker: Koils by Nature, Georgia
  35. Pilar Guzman Zavala: Half Moon Empanadas, Florida
  36. Renee Powers: Feminist Book Club, Minnesota
  37. Rukayatu (Ruky) Tijani: Firm for the Culture, California
  38. Sally King McBride: The Letter Nest, New York
  39. Sarah Diehl: Empowered Hospitality, New Jersey
  40. Serena Minott: Ashima, Florida
  41. Shazia Ijaz: Seek Refuge, California
  42. Sheena Jongeneel: Stylette, California
  43. Sofia Deleon: ElMerkury, Pennsylvania
  44. Stephanie Bolton: Patriot Roofing Company, North Carolina
  45. Stephanie Summerson Hall: Estelle Colored Glass, South Carolina
  46. Suran Yoo: Silk or Lace, Texas
  47. Tamar Miller: Bells & Becks, California
  48. Tricia M Taitt: The Art of Money Matters, New York
  49. Virginia George: Crafts & Drafts NC, North Carolina
  50. Vivian Chen: Rise, New York

About the Tory Burch Foundation

The Tory Burch Foundation advances women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship in the United States by providing access to capital, education and digital resources: the Fellows Program has provided over $1.3M in grants to help women grow their businesses; the Tory Burch Capital Program, powered by Bank of America, has distributed over $65 million dollars in loans to more than 3,500 women entrepreneurs; and each month, the Foundation provides online tools and digital education to more than 500,000 women and more than 10,000 women have created their business plans on ToryBurchFoundation.org.

Weekly webinars supporting small business owners can be viewed here.

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