Rachel Mathews is a serial entrepreneur who is unwavering in her commitment to helping women. The Dallas native followed her passion in 2000 and enrolled in cosmetology school after spending several years in corporate America. Once she graduated from beauty school, she hung out her shingle and opened Diva Styles Salon to promote health and beauty for discriminating women who want to feel like divas.
Mathews, a happily married mother of four, is also the owner of three Diva Styles Salon locations. The ambitious entrepreneur has opened several other businesses, including Too Chic Tees, an online apparel boutique; Travel Addict, a travel agency; and Brunchin Babes LLC, a sisterhood support network.
What do you consider your superpower to be?
I consider my superpower as being a strong, resilient Black woman who can handle anything that comes her way. Mediocrity has never been an option for me. I am what you would call a serial entrepreneur. If the idea crosses my mind, I will follow it through.
What key skill set or qualities make you unique as an African American Leader?
I am a connector. I have connected many women to others in business to [achieve] success. Also, through motivation and positivity, it has allowed me to hold others accountable to their ideas and dreams.
If you could thank any Black woman history maker for her contributions to society, who would it be and why?
As an entrepreneur and hairstylist, I would thank Madam C.J. Walker. She was a Black woman [who] thought outside the box when it comes to hair, and because of her and others, I am able to continue in my craft as a hairstylist. She was also the first Black woman self-made millionaire. Click here to continue.