Recently, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. announced their 2023 Women of Power “Power 50” honorees.

The USBC Power 50 List is an annual honor bestowed upon fifty illustrious women who embody the spirit of the organization—unwavering dedication to making a difference in their communities and in the world at large.

This year, several honorees are graduates of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and represent a cross-section of women who have made significant contributions in their fields. These individuals have made an impact on our lives and helped to shape the world we live in today.

1Melissa Butler – Founder & CEO, The Lip Bar, Florida A&M University

Melissa Butler is the Founder and CEO of The Lip Bar, a beauty brand that started in her kitchen while working on Wall Street. Melissa obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance from Florida A&M University before going on to work on Wall Street as a licensed stockbroker. The Lip Bar has become a pioneer in beauty and inclusion and the company is now sold in Target and Walmart stores across the country. Melissa believes that without representation, as humans, we’re left seeking validation. “I’m the woman who doesn’t believe in No. I’m a fighter, a thought leader, a beauty advocate and expert, a risk taker, an HBCU grad, and a business maven.”