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Dalaisé Hickey, 2024 Women in Business Honoree

Dalaisé Hickey is an experienced social worker and entrepreneur who founded and leads BabyDonna, a purpose-driven company that creates safe and non-toxic sunscreen products for Black and brown children.

She has over 15 years of experience in the child welfare, mental health, legal and forensic social work fields, and holds a master’s degree in social work from Fordham University.

She is passionate about making a positive impact in the world, especially for children and families impacted by systemic injustice, and is committed to utilizing her platform to create meaningful and impactful change in the world.

What have been your biggest professional accomplishments?

Since launching BabyDonna, one of my biggest accomplishments by far was having “The Today Show” list BabyDonna sunscreen as the best kid’s sunscreen for melanated skin, and having BabyDonna sunscreen featured as part of Shopify’s activation at the AfroTech Conference, as a new company.

What’s the next big goal you want to accomplish professionally?

The next big goal for me is expanding BabyDonna’s product line, getting into retail locations and partnering with local programs and organizations to help provide education and resources to families around the importance of sun safety, and using sunscreens that are safe for our environment.

What’s one of the biggest professional challenges you’ve overcome?

Launching a skincare company was one of the biggest challenges I overcame. As a social worker, with no background or knowledge in chemistry, it took a lot of research and trial and error to finally find a chemist who saw my vision and to also learn the many regulations that come with launching a sunscreen.

How are you involved in the community?

It was crucial to me when I decided to start a company that we are purpose-driven. In only a few months, we have been able to make over $1,700 in in-kind and monetary donations to nonprofits working with youth and families, including offering a sponsorship for a local Connecticut nonprofit.

My goal is to triple that amount this year. and eventually bring on youth impacted by the juvenile justice system in order to offer paid internships and mentorship opportunities.

What legacy do you want to leave after your career is over?

The legacy I would like to leave behind is one of impact. I hope to look back and see that BabyDonna not only transformed the skincare industry, but also helped change policies and systems that disproportionately impact Black and brown children across the nation.

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