Behind Her Empire Podcast: Nyakio Grieco on Pivoting in Life and Business

Yasmin Nouri

Yasmin is the host of the "Behind Her Empire" podcast, focused on highlighting self-made women leaders and entrepreneurs and how they tackle their career, money, family and life.

Each episode covers their unique hero's journey and what it really takes to build an empire with key lessons learned along the way. The goal of the series is to empower you to see what's possible & inspire you to create financial freedom in your own life.

Nyakio Grieco is the founder of Nyakio Beauty, an award-winning skin-care brand that has been leading the clean beauty movement since 2002. While moving up the ranks in the entertainment industry, Nyakio realized that many cultures were under-represented in the prestige beauty space and saw a white space in the market.


She launched her company based on beauty secrets she learned as a child while visiting her grandmother, a coffee farmer in Kenya, and watching her use coffee beans to exfoliate and take care of her skin. Her products now sell in retail outlets nationwide, including Ulta, and is now exclusively available at Target. In 2015, Nyakio sold the company to Sundial Brands, which is now part of Unilever.

Although she has an incredible success story, Nyakio's journey was far from easy. She's managed the ups and downs of entrepreneurship with grace, and is a firm believer that failure is not an option. She's passionate about sharing her journey building a business from the ground up & inspiring others to also follow their passions and live a life with no regrets.

Want more? Subscribe to Behind Her Empire on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify iHeart Radio or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Samson Amore

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