Yolanda Keels-Walker is a serial entrepreneur with a knack for networking with other Business Babes. Yolanda began her career with the Central Intelligence Agency after graduating from Hampton University with a BS in Business Management. While there, she negotiated contracts on behalf of the federal government and served rotations with the National Reconnaissance Office and East Asia Division receiving six Exceptional Performance Awards. Continuing her career in Contract Negotiations and Procurement, Yolanda went on to work in management capacity at General Dynamics and ManTech managing several employees and handling sensitive government projects in excess of $980 million.
In 2010 Yolanda got married, liquidated all of her assets, and moved to Philadelphia, PA to start a family and pursue her first successful business, The Weave Bar hair salon. The first six months were brutal. Yolanda tirelessly worked six to seven days a week all while nursing a new born she had a week prior to opening and a two year old toddler. Two years, two locations and twenty employees later, Yolanda walked away from her first "business baby" as a result of a very messy divorce. With a new lease on life, Yolanda rebranded her previous interests into Suite Extensions Salons in order to build a company that reflected her values and commitment to service . Different Dream. Same Hustle.
Only six months into opening Suite Extensions, Yolanda learned that her ex-husband and ex-business partner was building a competing Weave Bar location across the street on the same block with a billboard on top of her building to match. Instead of allowing this to hinder her and break her spirit, Yolanda started Business Babes to build up and help other women that may have encountered business hardships. Yolanda lives by the creed "Your setback is a setup for a comeback," and is committed to helping other women realize their dreams no matter the obstacles.
Today, Yolanda's portfolio includes real estate development, business coaching, public speaking engagements, and a private label cosmetics development company. In addition to growing Suite Extensions salons to two locations in PA and VA, Yolanda also owns Pink Label Beauty, a luxury hair care brand and is a partner with Girls Auto Clinic. In her free time, she loves mentoring single mothers interested in entrepreneurship, visiting the beach and spending time with her princesses' Gabby and London.