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

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.

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