Event Features

Top-quality vendors showcasing their quintessential goods!

1. A panel that touches on topics such as –

  • Genetics vs. Retention
  • Hair Typing (3a – 4c)
  • Trial and error experiences
  • Best advice as an influencer
  • Media adverse attention on natural hair
  • Additional topics…


The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) works passionately to end hunger by providing their neighbors in need with the healthy food and resources needed. Join us to help create a hunger-free Eastern Massachusetts. Your support enables GBFB to distribute healthy food to neighbors in need as well as nutrition programs and resources for sustained, healthy lives and healthy communities. Through donations of money, time and food, caring people like you help GBFB bring hope, success and dignity to hungry people across Eastern Massachusetts. Quintessential Naturals Boston Edition will be collecting canned and non-perishable foods throughout the event. Presenting sponsor Shea Moisture has graciously partnered to offer an additional Shea Moisture product to those that bring 2 or more items of food.
70 South Bay Avenue
Boston, MA 02118



Africa Miranda, Moderator

A dynamic speaker, host and spokesmodel, with distinctive style and quick wit, Africa Miranda won the hearts of many across the US, and around the globe, as the breakout star of Bravo TV’s “The New Atlanta.”  After appearing on The New Atlanta, Africa was named the first ever Brand Ambassador for international hair care company, Creme of Nature.

Africa’s unique personal style, sparkling personality, and glorious, attention-grabbing mane, have made her an in-demand beauty expert and event host, including features on Arise TV, and, during New York Fashion Week.  Whether she is representing major brands, or sharing her take on hair trends and celebrity style, Africa brings her brand of accessible glamour to any setting. An avid social media buff, she stays connected with her fans via her Periscope channel also known as “Africa TV” and her official website and lifestyle blog, Africa  Africa is a rising star in the tech and live streaming world, recently being nominated for a Shorty Award for “Periscoper of the Year.” She served as host of the inaugural Periscope Summit, as a keynote speaker at Summit Live, and is a regular podcast guest and panelist for various entertainment and tech platforms, marrying her knowledge of pop culture with her considerable tech savvy.  She uses her platform to encourage and assist fellow creatives to grow into thriving multi-media brands with the motto, “Step Up, Step Out, and SHINE!”


Dr. Camille Howard-Veronic, Panelist
Founder of @girlandhair

Founder of @girlandhair, Dr. Camille Howard-Verovic, is a medical doctor and former marketing professional whose claim to fame is ‘wearing too many hats’. Because of her busy schedule, protective styling has always been a great solution. For years, Camille has worn protective styles but she always found it difficult to properly maintain her natural hair while wearing hair extensions, resulting in dry and brittle hair and experiencing extensive breakage. Based on her personal frustration and armed with her medical knowledge and desire to find the best ingredients for optimal hair health, she created UNDER HAIR CARE™, the first natural hair care line specifically designed to cleanse, moisturize and nourish the hair underneath protective styles. Camille resides in New York City with her husband and business partner and her young daughter. She is a visionary leader, driven entrepreneur and a caring physician who is passionate about health, wellness, female empowerment, and helping women find their inner #girlboss.


Ashly Rodriguez, Panelist

Ashly Rodriguez also known as Actually Ashly is a Boston based Natural Hair and Lifestyle Vlogger.  Ashley uses her platform to share style inspiration and give advice on natural hair from hairstyles, hair care, product reviews, and much more. In less than two years Ashley has gained a following of over 150,000 on her social media platforms. As a Latina influencer with coarser hair she is one to watch using a variety of brands creating fun and easy hairstyles for all to achieve!


Rica Elysee, Panelist
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BeautyLynk

Entrepreneur Rica Elysee is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BeautyLynk, a company that makes it possible to get beauty services directly to your home with just a few clicks. With BeautyLynk, all the style and convenience of a professional salon are transported into the comfort of your living room.
Before launching BeautyLynk, Rica founded the Boston Naturals group, which has expanded to encompass a 1,200-strong membership base and more than 25,000 online users. She was first inspired to create Boston Naturals after noticing that in the Boston area there was a dearth of spaces and opportunities for women of color with natural hair to come together, learn about their unique hair and beauty needs, and bond. BeautyLynk has been featured in such major, nationwide publications as Black Enterprise, CNBC, Forbes, and Bloomberg. A platform for connecting beauty professionals and potential clients, this platform has rapidly proven itself capable of tackling some of the most pressing issues in the beauty industry.
Rica is an in-demand public speaker who has made appearances across the country at conferences for entrepreneurship, technology, and beauty. She won gold at MassChallenge in 2016. A natural leader, she sets a solid example in her businesses and strives for greatness in everything that she does.


Jenell B. Stewart, Panelist
Founder of

Jenell B Stewart, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website dedicates her career to educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2014, Jenell won the Root Top 100 People’s Choice Award, In 2012 she was named one of Essence’s top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.


Michelle Breyer, Panelist

As co-founder of, a website for curly hair she began with her business partner and friend, Gretchen Heber, Michelle Breyer helped create the leading community and resource for people with curly hair. Frustrated by the lack of information on curly hair and the limited products available in the marketplace, the duo launched the site in 1998 with the help of a 14-year-old web designer. When Procter & Gamble called three years later to advertise to the® audience, Breyer knew they had indeed created a force in the industry, providing helpful information and unparalleled expertise for what was then considered a niche market.


Monique Rodriguez, Panelist
Founder and CEO of Mielle Organics

Mielle Organics seeks to empower, excite and educate women about healthy hair and skin. By providing natural products that support, nourish and strengthen hair and skin, they trust that their customers are more confident, passionate and informed about the beauty products they use. Mielle Organics wholeheartedly believes that what is consumed by the body is displayed in the outward appearance. They choose to promote natural, organic ingredients, and are proud to exclusively use natural products derived from routed plant oils and natural herbs.

After only a few months of their launch in 2014 Mielle Organics was recognized for its results-driven products and excellent customer service. Today they are a global and viral sensation, with orders in over 87 countries around the world. Mielle Organics continues to be a market innovator in the haircare world and is excited to continue to meet the demands of healthy, natural hair for women and families worldwide.

Founder and CEO, Monique Rodriguez, has over nine years of experience as a registered nurse. Her science background and focus on health from the inside out inspired her to share her regimen of healthy, tailbone-length hair with the masses. She is passionate about inspiring women in business and entrepreneurship. Monique resides in Indiana with her husband and COO of Mielle Organics and their two beautiful daughters.