Name & Age:
Yasmeen Tadia – 32
CEO and Founder of:
A little Background:
Yasmeen Tadia is a 32 year-old single mother, with over 10 years of Human Resources and Business Management experience. In her last role, she was the Corporate Director of Human Resources for the largest hotel management company in New York City, where she managed hotels all over the world from an HR perspective.
Yasmeen Tadia has transformed standard-issue, carnival cotton candy into a completely new and gourmet, flavor-packed experience—and a low-calorie, vegan and gluten-free one, at that. The entrepreneurial vision behind the sweet Fluffpop pouf was actually born out of her desire to provide a healthier candy alternative for her sugar-loving young son, Zain—which also instantly made this single-mom the CEO of fun for her son. Visions of Yasmeen’s innovative spin on the fluffy treat weren’t always dancing in her head. As an SMU Cox School of Business grad, she spent 10 years in corporate America before inventing Fluffpop. However, her time spent in a variety of management positions, and later as the director of human resources for one of the largest hospitality companies in New York City, gave her the confidence kick she needed to turn her fluffy dream into a serious reality. Now, she and her team of resident “DJs” spin candy instead of music, at countless events worldwide— from red-carpet celebrity soirees to sporting events, posh parties, casual shindigs and private celebrations. Yasmeen holds the United States Patent for Mini Cotton Candy Pops (patent number: D712, 116 S).
In addition to her SWEET endeavors of Fluffpop & HotPoppin, Yasmeen also runs HR Evolved, a consulting firm geared towards fueling her passion for Human Resources, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO IN THE DALLAS-FT.WORTH AREA?
I love, love, LOVE to shop!
Dallas is still by-far the best city to shop... from amazing boutiques to massive malls, I always love an afternoon finding some of the latest trends!
I also love trying out new restaurants... which is one thing I love about the Dallas - Ft. Worth metroplex. We have such a multi-cultural community, allowing us to try all sorts of food from all over the world! Many of my favorite restaurants like: Noodlewave Thai, Blue Fish, Afrah Mediterranean Café, are considered small family owned joints...but they definitely have some of the best food in town!
DO YOU HAVE ANY BEAUTY REGIMENS YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH US?
While being a busy mom, and balancing my life as a serial entrepreneur, spending time on myself is always a challenge. I am usually in the same look from early morning (dropping my son at school and early morning meetings), until my evening events. Some products keep me looking good are:
- Dry shampoo is definitely one of my best friends.
- My favorite make-up line is called Napoleon Perdis and it is sold in select Neiman Marcus stores across the country. I cannot leave the house without applying the Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Primer... the Chamomile, Yarrow extract and Vitamin E deliver complexion perfection and instant hydration for all skin types. The creator, Mr. Napoleon Perdis, has become a backstage regular at both New York and Australian Fashion Weeks where they work with the industry’s top designers to create and communicate the trends of the season. While the Napoleon Perdis philosophy is fueled by fashion, the brand is about runway and reality. It’s about celebrating and elevating your natural beauty with confidence-building products.
- Eye liner is a must for me, and I feel like I have tried every single one on the market. My fav is the L'Oreal Paris Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Black Mica. The felt tip allows me to get a professional, yet chic look that I prefer.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR GO-TO BEAUTY BRANDS, RIGHT HERE IN THE DFW?
I am blessed to have one of the most amazing hairstylists in town who takes great care of me. Cole Moore at Toni & Guy Dallas Galleria is one of the most phenomenal hair stylists that I have ever met. He works magic and always takes the time to make me look & feel fab before an important event.
Describe your perfect weekend here in the DFW.
Any weekend that I get to spend time with my son, Zain, is the perfect weekend. We love going to Klyde Warren Park, hanging out with friends, or even taking our German Sheperd, Rocky, for longs walks to nearby horse stables. After spending endless hours every week with Fluffpop & Hotpoppin, anything low-key is perfect!
If you could have dinner with any local woman, who would it be? Why?
Brittany Merrill Underwood, Young Leader Award recipient for the Dallas Women’s Foundation. Brittany is a human rights activist who founded the Ugandan American Partnership Organization to partner with a Ugandan ministry to build an orphanage for 180 street children. After its completion, she launched the Akola Project, providing more than 1,600 women and children in Uganda with vocational training, education programs, employment opportunities as well as savings and loans associations. Her efforts have also helped drill more than 23 clean water wells in displaced communities and construct two vocational training centers. I absolutely love her passion, drive, and amazing story.