NaturallyCurly: Introduce yourself and your company.
Audra Cooper: I am Audra Cooper, owner of Naturally Divine Beauty Supply, a new Retailer in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Area specializing in natural hair care and beauty products. We opened in February 2012, and we are located at Grapevine Mills Mall just in front of Saks Fifth Ave.
We provide a “One Stop” shopping experience both in-store and online for all your hair care and beauty needs. Our goal is to promote a healthier way to beauty by offering products with organic and natural ingredients that are better for your hair and skin. We also seek to educate, inspire women to embrace their natural beauty as well as provide support along your natural hair journey!
On October 1st, Naturally Divine Beauty will be moving to a new, stand-alone location to become a full natural beauty supply and natural hair salon! We will be minutes from Las Colinas, Addison and North Dallas near the 635 and 35 Corridor. It's a Great Centralized Location serving the entire metroplex. We are also looking for licensed cosmetologists and braiders dedicated to the care of natural hair and the use of natural hair care products.
NC: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and how you got started in the hair care business?
AC: I have acquired over 17 years of business experience in Fortune 100 Companies including PepsiCo/Frito Lay, Verizon & Raytheon. My career background spans broad business areas such as Accounting, Finance and Human Resources. I started my career with Deloitte & Touché, LLP and received a CPA license.
In 1998, after completing my MBA program, I transitioned into Human Resources where I served as a Strategic Human Resources Business Partner at the Sr. Manager level for various leadership teams. During my tenure at Frito Lay, I was part of the leadership team for a retail sales region. I also received an Eagle Award, the most prestigious Award, and was recognized nationally in front of my peers for my work. In January of 2011, I obtained my Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification an upgrade from my previous credentials as a PHR.
After dedicating my time in corporate America, I decided to start my own business and became the founder and CEO of Naturally Divine Beauty Supply, LLC. I have been naturally curly since 2005, and since then, I have done significant research on natural hair and hair care products. I have spent time educating and coaching women on styling and maintenance of natural hair. Naturally Divine Beauty is off to a great start with the team looking forward to continued growth!