Co-founder and Co-CEO | Mented Cosmetics
Kristen Jones (KJ) Miller is the co-founder and co-CEO of Mented Cosmetics, an upscale beauty line targeting women of color. Since its launch in January 2017 Mented has taken the beauty industry by storm by unapologetically placing women of color at the forefront. The company has been featured in several publications including Allure, Cosmo, and Teen Vogue, and was hailed as having the “best nude lipsticks we’ve ever worn” by Essence Magazine.
Prior to founding Mented, KJ spent most of her career working in retail, with a two-year hiatus to attend Harvard Business School, graduating in 2014. Her immense retail and product experience spans across functions including merchandising, assortment planning, and supply chain management.
As the head of Mented’s product development and fundraising efforts, KJ has overseen the launch of three successful product lines and led the company in raising its first $1M in funding. She is passionate about helping women and minorities develop their entrepreneurial visions and navigate the often murky startup world.