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WEN and Cantu Beauty have selected 50 young women ages 17-23 to participate in the GLOW Global Cohort, an immersive 10-week virtual experience sponsored by Cantu Beauty


Cantu Beauty announces the 2023 Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) Global Cohort, continuing the brand’s $1M+ investment to champion women of color across the globe through their community efforts

STAMFORD, Conn., April 11, 2023 — Cantu Beauty, an award-winning textured hair care brand, once again joins Women Empowering Nations (WEN) to host the 2023 Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) Global Cohort: an immersive, high impact leadership coaching experience beginning this month through July 2023 for women of color across the globe. This year’s cohort builds on the 2022 program and received applications from more than 2,500 young women from seven countries — the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, France, Germany, Ghana and Nigeria. This year’s investment will eclipse $1 million in total by Cantu toward community efforts across programs and partners including Women Empowering Nations.

"In order to be truly empowered, you must first have access and Cantu Beauty is committed to supporting the next generation of female leaders by equipping them with those resources to make a difference in their personal and professional lives," said Dametria Kinsley, Cantu Beauty's Global Vice President of Marketing. "Through our multi-year partnership with WEN, we're able to take our commitment to the next level at a larger scale to reach Black and Brown women all over the world."

This year, WEN and Cantu Beauty have selected 50 young women ages 17-23 to participate in the GLOW Global Cohort, an immersive 10-week virtual experience sponsored by Cantu Beauty. The cohort runs from April 15 - June 17 touching on topics such as culture and identity, public speaking, personal and professional branding, executive leadership, and mental health and wellness. At the conclusion of the cohort, members will have planned and organized a Global Day of Service where all of the GLOW cohort members complete their service initiatives on the same day in partnership with each other around the world. Cantu and WEN are excited to announce the 2023 cohort includes the following esteemed young women:

  • Cara Doumbe Kingue — Lyon, France
  • Jill-Anaïs Lafages — Goyave, France
  • Elmire Raboteur — Paris, France
  • Zinhle Apleni — Paris, France
  • Anaïs Brochec — Montepellier, France
  • Faouziya Schremmer — Munich, Germany
  • Mirjam Mekonnen — Wiesbaden, Germany
  • Anne Achieng Alwala — Accra, Ghana
  • Deborah Oduro Kwarteng — Accra, Ghana
  • Chleo-Patra Awonpomi Azantilow — Kumasi, Ghana
  • Joy Tari-bagshaw — Koforidua, Ghana
  • Opeyemi Adesegun — Lagos, Nigeria
  • Oluwadamilola Akintewe — Lagos, Nigeria
  • Diwura Williams — Ondo State, Nigeria
  • Blessing Osarumwens — Lagos, Nigeria
  • Tariro Hova — Springs, South Africa
  • Kgaogelo Makgoba — Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Mambesi Matiwane — Cape Town, South Africa
  • Michell Lethubuhle Chiremba — Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Thandolwenkosi Nkosi — Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Micaleb Lawrence — Cape Town, South Africa
  • Sino Rodrigues — Kaiega, South Africa
  • Anjolaoluwa Awe — London, UK
  • Marlene Twinomugisha, London, UK
  • Ilham Ali — Birmingham, UK
  • Elle-sue Calderbank — Manchester, UK
  • Vanessa Osinlaru — London, UK
  • Chimdinma Okpalauko — London, UK
  • Sumayyah Adeyemi — Leicester, UK
  • Jessica Amponsah — London, UK
  • Joanne Kadiri — London, UK
  • Destiny Daniel — Washington, DC
  • Awa M Sumareh — New York, NY
  • Ranita Opoku-Sarfo — Stafford, VA
  • Jayda Rogers — Cincinnati, OH
  • Khadijah Merriweather — St. Louis, MO
  • Alina Wilson — Oklahoma City, OK
  • Te’a Williams — Tulsa, OK
  • Ose Ehianeta Arheghan — Brooklyn, NY
  • Jeanne’ Spencer — Tulsa, OK
  • Camillah Canty — Belleville, IL
  • Kaylah Harris — Ruston, LA
  • Kyla Hurns — Southfield, MI
  • Nigeria Segure-Watson — Baltimore, MA
  • Youma Diabira — Philadelphia, PA
  • KiaraSkye Dodson — Harlem, NY
  • Zyahna Bryant — Charlottesville, VA
  • Blandine Cadet — Atlanta, GA
  • Deborah Olatunji — Seattle, WA
  • Jacqueline Azah — Atlanta, GA


We are thrilled to continue investing in the future and talent development of young women of color with Cantu Beauty," said Carlisha Williams Bradley, Women Empowering Nation's Founder and Executive Director. "Cantu goes above and beyond in their dedication to the community. Cantu’s executive team has provided their time, resources and financial investment to change the career trajectory of young women around the world. I am proud to continue our work together.”

Since 2020, Cantu has been a sponsor of the GLOW Virtual Summit, providing scholarships and business grants to young Black women around the globe to continue their education. Last year, the Cantu GLOW Global Fellowship included a paid, four-month hands-on experience in the beauty industry, which concluded with a capstone and group travel seminar in Accra, Ghana. The partnership is part of Cantu's continued commitment to elevating and uplifting Black and Brown communities.

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Women Empowering Nations is an international nonprofit organization providing exposure, development, and mentorship to underserved girls of color to grow as global leaders and accelerate their path to executive leadership. The organization, founded in 2009 by Carlisha Williams Bradley, has worked with over 9,000 young women around the globe to provide yearlong mentorship opportunities, leadership development training and travel seminars. For more information, visit

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