The Team

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Dr. Tina Opie

Dr. Opie began her path towards the study of valuing individual difference at the Darden School of Business, earning her MBA in Management in 1999.  Her Ph.D. in Management was received from the Stern School of Business in 2010, where her emphasis of study was on Organizational Behavior.  Currently, Dr. Opie is an Assistant Professor in the Management Division at Babson College, teaching organizational behavior courses to MBA and undergraduate students.  Dr. Opie’s research focuses primarily on how organizations can create workplaces that successfully leverage individual difference and convey respect for individual contributions. Dr. Opie also created a website, www.hairasidentity.com, an online platform headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Its mission is to promote and initiate discussion between men and women from diverse backgrounds around the relationships between hair and self-esteem and perceptions about professionalism.

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Antonia Opiah

Antonia spent six years working for two of New York City’s top digital advertising agencies where she created and executed online marketing strategies for blue chip companies like Verizon, Avon and the Dial Corporation. In early 2013 she moved on from advertising to launch Un-ruly.com, a beauty beauty platform dedicated to Black women, which gained national and international attention through it’s short film, You Can Touch My Hair. Antonia is also the founder of Unadorned Media, a media network reaching over 1.5 million women each month, specializing in connecting brands with women through content that’s poignant, relevant and entertaining.

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Terresa Hardaway, MFA

Terresa is a professor, community empowerer, visual communications designer, fashion designer and naptural hair enthusiast! She will have completed her MFA in Design Research at the University of North Texas in December of this year. Her thesis topic (Project Naptural) is on natural hair and its effects on Black women and ways that design can assist in the dissemination of information to the Black community to inform naptural hair decisions to sustain positive change and healthier life choices. She ended her candidacy at UNT with an informational graphic poster exhibition and a prototype of a mobile application that will catalog and disseminate the allowances, choices, and options that women have with their naptural hair.