Wednesday, November 3, 2010

We Are Inspired By This BOSS: Tai Beauchamp


A media industry veteran and social entrepreneur, Tai has a rare and innate ability to connect with audiences across demographics. It was as a magazine editor that Ms. Beauchamp learned the profound power of media and how to use it to motivate and inspire millions around the world. Becoming a mentor and civic engagement taught her the most valuable lesson: "young women and the world-at-large want to be inspired and that inspiration can start out as materialistic for some but it undoubtedly originates through service and giving."

Tai founded the BluePrint Group, LLC, a communications and marketing firm that specializes in bridging the gap between the world of fashion and philanthropy. Founded in 2006, clients and partners of the BluePrint Group have included Avon, Malaria No More, The Sundance Channel, The MCJ Amelior Foundation, Spelman College, Tractenberg & Co, and Universal Motown Records. The firm helps organizations build strategic marketing plans that teach consumers that giving, volunteering, advocating, and supporting one another is "stylish."

Ms. Beauchamp began her career as a beauty and fashion editor at O, The Oprah Magazine in 2000, after interning at Good Housekeeping and Harper’s Bazaar. After two and a half successful years at O, she was recruited to serve as the beauty editor of what would become Suede Magazine. She then moved on to become the youngest and first African-American Beauty Director at Seventeen Magazine.

Tai took a sabbatical from publishing and began consulting with a New Jersey-based grant-making foundation where she managed the organization’s education and youth development portfolio. As a consultant to the Foundation she collaborated with an urban public high school to start a mentoring and job-readiness training program for teenagers, R U Ready for Work, that today serves as an important program in the City of Newark and at Rutgers University. While working in philanthropy she continued to contribute to the fashion world as an expert and writer. In 2006, Tai returned to publishing as the Deputy Editor of VIBE Vixen Magazine where she successfully directed an editorial and creative re-launch at the publication targeted toward trendsetting urbanistas. She has also contributed to Ebony, Life & Style, Jones, and her blog Compacts & Vignettes on the ivillage.com style channel was a first-person peak into her boudoir.

Passionate about youth and women, Tai volunteers as a mentor with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson, and Union counties in New Jersey. She also serves as on the board of trustees of the New Jersey Performance Arts Center’s (NJPAC) Women’s Association, on the advisory boards of Saint Vincent Academy and the Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN) and development committee of Women In Need, Inc (WIN).

Her dynamic message has been heard around the world at Harvard Business School, Howard University, Rutgers University, Spelman College, in Nigeria, West Africa and throughout the United States. She has appeared as a style expert and personality on ABC, BET, CNN, NBC Today, TV One, and Soapnet and frequently contributes to the Wendy Williams Show, the STYLE Network, Inside Edition, Essence.com, and other networks. Recognized as a trailblazer in the fashion/beauty industry and philanthropy, she received the 2009 Thurgood Marshall College Fund Prestige Award and was featured in Essence’s 2009 Annual "Power Women" issue.

Tai Beauchamp earned a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Atlanta’s Spelman College and attended New York University’s Television Production program. She lives in New Jersey with her Jack Russell terrier, Abdul.

Come meet these BOSS "Influencer" honorees, at The BOSS Network's "Influencers" event on November 10, 2010 in in New York, NY. You can register for the event here. Come out and be inspired!

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