1,000 Dreams Fund and WWP Beauty Partner on MentorHER Initiative to Celebrate International Women’s Day

March 8, 2021

Initiative matches college, graduate student women and recent grads across the country with professionals for a high-impact, 1:1 virtual mentoring session

In celebration of International Women’s Day, 1,000 Dreams Fund (1DF), a national non-profit that empowers the dreams of talented young women in need, is teaming up with WWP Beauty, a full service supplier to the global beauty industry, to provide mentorship and guidance for women interested in pursuing careers in the beauty industry.

College of Staten Island student Ann Opevemi got a 1:1 virtual mentorship session with WWP Beauty CEO Josh Kirschbaum as part of his company’s partnership with 1,000 Dreams Fund on their MentorHER Initiative.

On a day devoted to celebrating the advancement of women globally, 1DF is matching 19 young women with mentors at WWP Beauty – all the way up to the C-suite – who hold similar careers to which the students aspire. Each mentor-mentee pair meets for a single high-impact, 60-minute virtual session.

“International Women’s Day is an important date for us at 1,000 Dreams Fund. Each year, it provides an opportunity to rally our wonderful partners to our mission of empowering young women to reach their awe-inspiring career goals and dreams,” said Christie Garton, founder and CEO of 1,000 Dreams Fund. “Providing our students with access to well-matched professionals is a key way in which we fulfill our mission, and we are grateful to WWP Beauty for teaming up to become a critical MentorHER partner.”

WWP Beauty is the latest partner of 1DF’s MentorHER Initiative, now in its second year, which pairs individual women in college and graduate school, or recent graduates, with professionals and executives for a one-hour, 1:1 mentorship session.

“Partnering with 1,000 Dreams Fund on our first annual WWP Beauty International Day of Service through their MentorHER program has been a richly rewarding experience that aligns perfectly with our company’s purpose and mission,” said Josh Kirschbaum, CEO of WWP Beauty, who served as a mentor to College of Staten Island student Ann Opevemi through the partnership. “Empowerment is a fundamental element of the WWP Beauty business, and we strive every single day to empower our business, employees, partners, customers and those around us. Launching this program on International Women’s Day was an intentional choice to honor the mission of empowering women everywhere. Thank you to the leaders of our company, 1,000 Dreams Fund and the young, ambitious women who participated in this very special day!”

“Participating in MentorHER was an amazing opportunity to get professional advice from a CEO! His openness and desire to help others are values I greatly admire,” said Ann, who is studying information systems and informatics.

1DF’s MentorHER Initiative was created to provide partner companies with a meaningful employee engagement opportunity as well as a recruitment pipeline to talented and diverse young women. Students get access to mentors who can help provide life-changing insights into their desired career paths. With 1DF’s goal of creating over 1,000 hours of mentorship service in one year, additional partners are invited to join the initiative throughout the year.