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AARP Ohio: Natural Hair - Celebrate the Journey

Start Date:2/25/2021

Start Time:1:00 PM EST

Duration:60 minutes


Let’s celebrate your natural hair journey with Chris-Tia Donaldson, well-known natural hair care specialist. Join us for a fireside chat and learn natural hair tips, such as washing, co-washing, moisturize, hair types, porosity, etc. Chris-Tia will also share how breast cancer affected the care of her natural hair. AARP will also be on deck to share caregiving resources. And get your natural hair care questions answered during a live question and answer session with Chris-Tia Donaldson.

Register to attend and receive a free copy of Chris-Tia’s book, This Is Only A Test: What Breast Cancer Taught Me About Faith, Love, Hair, And Business, while supplies last. The link to this virtual event will be emailed to you following registration. 

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Chris-Tia Donaldson

CEO and Founder

Thank God It's Natural

Chris-Tia Donaldson is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of a manufacturer of natural hair and skin care products, currently sold in Ulta Beauty, Target, CVS, Whole Foods, Sally’s Beauty, Walmart and Walgreen’s. In her role, she oversees all aspects of day-to-day operations, sales, and strategic partnerships. Chris-Tia has been featured in major media publications such as USA Today, Marie Claire, Essence, Black Enterprise, Ebony, Heart & Soul, and the Chicago Tribune. Prior to starting her own company, Chris-Tia represented Fortune 500 companies in complex business transactions involving technology and open source code. Chris-Tia earned her A.B. in Economics from Harvard University with high honors, and is a graduate of Harvard Law School. In 2015, Chris-Tia was diagnosed with breast cancer. During her treatment, she learned that having money could make the difference between living and dying when it came to treating this condition. In her observation, few organizations existed that provided support and social services to help women with transportation, childcare, parking, or seeking disability leave from their place of employment. Today, she uses her success in the beauty space to advocate for women experiencing financial difficulties, who are undergoing treatment, to highlight health disparities due to race and socio-economic factors, and to empower women to listen to their bodies through her foundation. Chris-Tia just recently released her second book called This is Only a Test: What Breast Cancer Taught me about Faith, Love, Hair and Business.


Associate State Director of Outreach and Advocacy


Nicole Ware is the Associate State Director of Outreach and Advocacy for AARP Ohio where she delivers upon the mission of AARP to empower people to choose how they live as they age. Through this work AARP Cincinnati aims to make cities more livable for people of all ages, to contribute to efforts to close gaps related to disparities and inequities in the African American older adult community, to connect the 50+ community to relevant events, provide informative tools and resources, and serve with volunteers in service to the community. Nicole is a growth inclined, market driven strategist recognized for strategic and business planning, marketing and positioning, launching and leading innovative pilots and strategic initiatives, and data analysis in corporate and service sector environments. She served on the boards of Price Hill Will, a community and economic development corporation; the Leadership Council of Human Services Executives; and the WCPO–TV Community Advisory Board.
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