Iyore N. Olaye is a technology innovator who is transforming the beauty and consumer technology industries at Walker & Company Brands, backed by 33.3 million in funding with notable investors, Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Nas, and Magic Johnson amongst others. Iyore was named to the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 Retail & E-commerce and Youngest lists.
Using her strong technical capabilities and strategic product marketing talent, she heads up R&D as a product manager and engineer. Her intuition and leadership have allowed her to co-create an 11 product technology infused hair care line in just 12 months. FORM Beauty, the first innovation of it kind coming straight out of Silicon Valley. FORM Beauty is the second brand out of Walker & Company Brands, a tech startup that creates beauty products specifically for people of color. Bevel is its flagship brand in the men’s grooming space, with competitors like Harry’s and Dollar Shave Club. In this role she has also led the roll out of Bevel product line extensions.
As an advocate for women and underrepresented minorities in Science Technology Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.), Iyore has toured the nation engaging in interviews and conferences sharing her personal journey to inspire others. Iyore founded the Iyore Noelle Olaye Scholarship Award to support students during their first collegiate year, one of the most difficult years for S.T.E.M. students. Iyore Olaye gained viral recognition last year when her story of being the only African American woman to receive a B.S. degree in the Cornell University Chemical Engineering Class of 2016 caught the attention of media publications worldwide.
Iyore Olaye Received a B.S. in chemical and bimolecular engineering from Cornell University and received a business CORe Credential of Readiness from Harvard Business School.
Iyore previously interned at Kraft Foods and Cornell and Walker and Company Brands where she still works presently.