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Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Lunch with a Leader: Paula Hayes

Date: 11:30am - 1:00pm PST November 7, 2019 Location: J.R. Howard, Room 302

  • Paula Hayes

J.R. Howard, Room 302


Hear from this Lewis & Clark alumna and trustee how she went from studying chemistry to founding HueNoir: Changing the face of beauty by putting multicultural makeup customers at the center of the modern beauty movement.

An entrepreneur and chemist who has developed a luxury cosmetics line for women of color, Paula Hayes is the founder and CEO of HUE NOIR, LLC. Through HUE NOIR, Paula is committed to supporting the unique needs of multicultural consumers through the use of color + science + technology to provide skin nourishing makeup with brilliant hues. After four years of research and development to cultivate the high-quality blends and colors displayed in her makeup line, Paula Hayes launched HUE NOIR in 2009. Prior to HUE NOIR, Paula served as a research and development chemist in Los Angeles where she specialized in new product development for blue chip companies in the food, beverage and cosmetics industries. While attending business school, Paula transitioned to senior management roles in music publishing and finance. Paula holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Lewis & Clark College.

She is a member of the Board of Trustees at Lewis & Clark College. In 2016, Oregon Governor Kate Brown appointed Paula as a Business Commissioner for the Oregon Business Development Commission. Paula lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband Brett and their two sons Jayden and Camden.

Sponsored by the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership 

Lunch with a Leader is a series of opportunities to converse with industry leaders in a casual setting. Learn more about career paths and industry trends while you enjoy a FREE lunch!

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