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You can always tell who the strong women are. They're the ones building each other up instead of tearing each other down. I try to live my life like that. It’s what inspired me to create my own nonprofit to help expose girls to higher education, career paths, and networking opportunities. In addition to Ribbons of Beauty, I am actively involved in several philanthropic efforts that advance students, women and minorities in entrepreneurship, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

Ribbons of Beauty

Ribbons of Beauty

Teneika Askew founded Ribbons of Beauty in March 2014 after seeing that first-generation college women who wanted to pursue entrepreneurship or a STEM career did not always know how to reach their goals. Teneika  spends over 260+ hours annually mentoring high school students. She encourages her mentees to become first generation/college graduates who pursue STEM / entrepreneurship degrees and are passionate about their careers. The program delivers seminars focusing on ACT / SAT preparation, managing finances, the importance o higher educations, college tours, building personal statements and brands and more. 


You create mutually beneficial relationships and collaborative environments that inspire creativity. You inspire customers and employees to be advocates for your business.

- Builder Profile 10

The Strengths Lab

The Strengths Lab

Teneika Askew provides programmatic and web development support by serving as a Strengths Coach to over 10+ students and a web developer for The Strengths Lab and Clifton Foundation. The Strengths Lab, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to entrepreneurship and workforce development for 14-24 year olds. Leveraging its partnership with Gallup, The Strengths Lab uses behavioral economics, strengths psychology, and talent identification and development science to create comprehensive city school to startup and work models.


Achiever | Futuristic | Positivity | Strategic | Competition

- StrengthsFinder



​While teaching students about entrepreneurship and small business, she realized there was a disconnected community of women, minority owned businesses in the DC community. From here she began to network and form relationships with businesses and began leveraging her network of consultants from large companies to donate their time to support volunteer efforts in the DC community. To show her appreciation she hosted a networking event with over 85 consultants who discussed volunteering, aspirations, and heard from a leader who went from consultant to entrepreneur.  BiCTech was formed a year later and began helping small women, minority-owned businesses.

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