Renée Richard, a mother of three precocious teens, has always been interested in the self-development of girls and women; leading her to dedicate her life to the development and education of women and girls in disadvantaged communities. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree at the USC, Marshall School of Business, Renée spearheaded the creation of a women’s mentoring program at Procter & Gamble, her first employer. Soon, the program gained national attention, and P&G realized the effect formal mentoring had on its diverse sales force.
After giving birth to three children, two boys and a girl, Renée wondered how working parents and especially single mothers managed it all: work, education, cultural experiences and providing great role models to their children. Renée accepted the challenge of creating an organization that could help parents meet this need and fill the gap of the large amount of girls of color being underserved. In 2003, Renée’s vision came to realization through the founding of Cinnamongirl, Inc. (CGI).
Renée has received several awards for her work with CGI including: a Jefferson Award on behalf of KGO (Channel 5), All-star Award from AT&T and SF Giants Community, a Benjamin Travis Community Service Award from the Charles Houston Bar Association and recognition from the cities of Oakland and San Francisco. She has expertise in gender based mentoring, group mentoring and developing relationships with girls. She is considered an expert on girls mentoring programs and has been a guest speaker for both teen and professional engagements.
In addition to being CGI’s executive director and founder, Renée serves as a member of the Board of Directors. She lives in Northern California with her three children, Julien, attending the University of Michigan; Joshua, attending Bentley School in Lafayette, and Jayla, attending Head Royce School in Oakland.