Community//

Female Disruptors: Chanel Melton is shaking up entrepreneurship opportunities for women

Confidence is Key!- I had a conversation recently with an amazing founder, Delane, and he was telling me about his process of raising VC funding. What I retained from the convo overall, is his confidence in what he was building! People are throwing money at him because he believes in his product. I feel often […]


Confidence is Key!- I had a conversation recently with an amazing founder, Delane, and he was telling me about his process of raising VC funding. What I retained from the convo overall, is his confidence in what he was building! People are throwing money at him because he believes in his product. I feel often times founders, especially female founders, are a lot more timid in meetings. We don’t go as hard as we should. We’re not as firm, and because of that we don’t close as many deals as a lot of men. If you’re not confident and knowledgeable about your product, why should anyone cut you a check?


I had the pleasure of interviewing Chanel Melton, serial Entrepreneur and GirlBoss with a passion to lead women to entrepreneurship through tech and beauty. Quake and Founder Gym graduate, YouTuber and beauty enthusiast.


Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I have been in the beauty industry for over 10 years and 3 years ago I started to travel around the US teaching people how to successfully launch their own online hair extension companies. Around the same time I had a really bad event happen to me personally that prevented me from continuing to travel and teach, so I decided to make the training online. From there I started to ask our customers what additional services would benefit their business. Their input as well as my years of experience in this industry caused me to build RoseGold Pro and I haven’t looked back since. In addition, I enjoy helping women achieve financial independence through beauty and technology. That is the root and heart of what RoseGold is. We want to create new avenues to job creation and financial independence for all women.

What is it about the work you’re doing that’s disruptive?

Each year more and more women are turning to entrepreneurship due to us women not being paid what we deserve through corporate America. In particular black women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs yet we receive the least amount of funding and resources. RoseGold was created to change that! We want to give women the tools they need to start and scale their business. We provide them with inventory, knowledge/education, fulfillment, websites, etc to make sure they know how to build their business and ultimately to help them become a success. RoseGold was created by a woman for all women! It’s our goal to give women the platform and the voice to change the landscape of entrepreneurship completely!

We all need a little help along the journey — who have been some of your mentors? Can you share how they made an impact?

I have some really amazing women in my life! My mom is the strongest and smartest woman I know, all of my strength comes from her and God. I also have Monique Woodard(Investor/Former 500 Startups), Melody McCloskey(StyleSeat), and Mandela SH Dixon(Founders Gym) who have guided me and kept it real with me along the way. They have encouraged me, talked to me about the tech industry, and about business and have been an amazing sounding board. I’m forever grateful for these women. They give me their time and expertise and have showed up for me in ways I couldn’t even imagine.

Can you share 3 of the best words of advice you’ve gotten along your journey? Please give a story or example for each.

Know when to pivot!- I hear this a lot in tech, and it’s so true. For a lot of us founders, our startup is our baby. And, we have a vision for our company that sometimes doesn’t go as planned, or is ever evolving. Because of that, you have to be prepared to pivot. A pivot is making a change/changing the direction of your business when necessary to improve your business.

I’ve had a VC mention to me that they look for founders who won’t sway with each suggestion that VC’s give to them. Which is very important. Early on in my business VC’s would say I didn’t have enough tech, which caused me to build out my tech at a time when I should’ve simply focused on growth, Months later I’m just now getting on track and realizing I should’ve never listened to their advice. I know my company, I know the plans I have for this company, I know the vision. It’s my job as CEO to receive all advice, and to ultimately sift through it all and do what’s best for the company.

Confidence is Key!- I had a conversation recently with an amazing founder, Delane, and he was telling me about his process of raising VC funding. What I retained from the convo overall, is his confidence in what he was building! People are throwing money at him because he believes in his product. I feel often times founders, especially female founders, are a lot more timid in meetings. We don’t go as hard as we should. We’re not as firm, and because of that we don’t close as many deals as a lot of men. If you’re not confident and knowledgeable about your product, why should anyone cut you a check?

How are you going to shake things up next?

I’m currently in the process of raising money from VC investors. When I close this round I plan to scale quickly and grow our company to a place where we become a staple for female entrepreneurs. I’m also working on strategic partnerships with other female lead businesses so we can create more opportunities for women across the globe.

Do you have a book/podcast/talk that’s had a deep impact on your thinking? Can you share a story with us?

I really like Sophia Amoruso’s, Girl Boss book. It was really important for me to read everything she had to overcome to build her business. She was very honest about her mistakes/failures as well as her wins.

You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)

My lifework is what I’m currently doing, helping as many women as humanly possible to achieve financial independence. To create an additional stream of income and to have their voices heard! Everyone is talking about diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and as women all we really need is a chance! RoseGold is providing just that!

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.”~ Maya Angelou

I’ve had a lot of personal situations that have tested my faith. And, I’ve made a lot of mistakes in business that could’ve completely caused me to give up. But, I decided to change my thought process and to make my business less about me and more about others. I strive to make RoseGold the rainbow in someone else’s life. Not only do I want this company to be successful and profitable, I want it to be the same for everyone who joins the program.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

@ChanelRoseGold on IG and Twitter and Youtube.com/ChanelDiane

This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!

    The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres. We publish pieces written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Learn more or join us as a community member!
    Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

    Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

    Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

    Thrive Global
    People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

    - MARCUS AURELIUS

    We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.