Amy S. Hilliard
The Hilliard Group
Amy S. Hilliard, a member since 2010, is principal of The Hilliard Group, a strategic consulting firm that has represented Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial businesses for over twenty years. She is the former president of Fashion Fair Cosmetics, the largest cosmetics company focused on women of color in the world. She is founder and former president/CEO of the ComfortCake® Company, LLC. Launched in January 2001, the award-winning company's customers have included United Airlines, Chicago Public Schools, Walmart, 7-Eleven and the Home Shopping Network, among others.
A sought-after speaker worldwide on marketing and entrepreneurship, her first book, Tap Into Your Juice: Find Your Gifts, Lose Your Fears, and Build Your Dreams, was endorsed by First Lady Michelle Obama. A former senior marketing executive with leading Fortune 500 corporations and entrepreneurial firms including Bloomingdale’s, Gillette, and Pillsbury, she was the senior vice president of integrated marketing at Burrell Communications Group.
As senior vice president of marketing for Soft Sheen Products, a division of L’Oreal USA, she directed the marketing activities of the hair care division, managed all new product development, brand management, marketing/sales strategy, advertising, promotion, and public relations. Under her direction, Soft Sheen launched the innovative Breakthru product line, cited as “one of the most creative and cohesive global launches ever” by the chairman/CEO of L’Oreal Paris.
An avid community volunteer, she was selected for the Urban League's nextONE Program and the Clinton Foundation's Entrepreneurship Mentor Program. President Clinton invited her to speak at the annual meeting of the foundation at the Clinton Presidential Library. Her prior board memberships include the Pepsi Cola Multicultural Advisory Board, the Women's Business Development Center and the Ford Motor Company's Diversity Board. She is the first African American elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT).
A native of Detroit, she graduated with honors from both Howard University and the Harvard Business School.