22 Feb Introducing the Alexandra Cristin Foundation and the $100,000 Women’s Fund!
Okay, you got me. As a mother of a girl child, I’m a total sucker for seeing girls win. I celebrate every milestone made by my daughter, Ava. She’s my little Picasso—I dare you to find another finger painter better than her. She’s my favorite cheerleader! Oh, and she’s super cute too and gives the best hugs and kisses.
When I look at her, I envision a world that will make room for her if and when she decides to follow in her mommy’s footsteps in becoming an entrepreneur. Setting a foundation for her in anticipation of her future wins has been one of the driving forces that keep me going even on the craziest days. So, thank you, Ava, for choosing me as your mommy and turning me into a certified hustler.
When I launched Glam Seamless at the age of 23, in 2012, I did with only $1500 to my name—that’s not even enough for a studio apartment in most parts of New York City (my residence at the time). But one thing about me, I know how to stretch a dollar and find killer deals 🙂 I take a pragmatic approach to saving money. Hey, when you grew up poor, you know to make every dollar count.
Once upon a time, I called Harrisburg, PA home, living with my mom who did her best to provide for us. As you can imagine single motherhood can be financially burdensome, so the private piano and dance lessons, or private anything afforded to my more affluent peers, alluded me until the age of nine when I attended Milton Hershey School, a boarding school founded by philanthropist and chocolatier, Milton S. Hershey of Hershey Chocolate. This school was specifically for students who came from low-income households, so I fit right in. I attended the school until the age of eighteen when I headed off to college at Pace University, majoring in Business Management.
I think about the Milton Hershey School often. If it wasn’t for the generosity of the Hershey Foundation, I might have fell victim to the perils associated with poverty.
Fast forward to 2021, Glam Seamless is a household name in the hair extensions industry and generates 8 figures per year in revenue. And while I know it was my grit, hard work, and perseverance that propelled me into success, I can’t imagine that my trajectory would have been possible without the impact of the Hershey Foundation.
And now I, Alexandra Cristin, would like to pay forward. That’s why I have created a Women’s Fund and I am giving away $100,000 for business grants, scholarships and mentoring 40 women through my new fund- opening up on International Women’s day. Want to apply or know someone that can benefit? Check out AlexandraCristin.org Get on the list to apply. Life is all about opportunities, and this is one you do not want to miss!