Michelle Breyer
Chief Operating Officer

Michelle Breyer is the Chief Operating Officer at SKU, the nation’s first CPG accelerator. She joined SKU after spending 20 years in the beauty industry.
Named one of the 50 Most Influential People in the Multicultural Market by Women's Wear Daily in 2015, Michelle Breyer is a visionary entrepreneur who took a personal frustration over her curly hair and built it into the largest social-media platform for hair. Numerous haircare brands launched on NaturallyCurly.
The company, which grew to include an ecommerce site, a consumer insights division and an experiential marketing company, was acquired in 2018 by Essence Ventures.
Over the past two decades, Michelle has consulted with numerous beauty companies to help them develop, position and launch right products and to create the most effective communication strategies to connect with this valuable consumer.
Before launching NaturallyCurly, Breyer was a business reporter with daily newspapers in Texas and California, focusing on retail, real estate and consumer products. A year-long special project on the explosive growth of Whole Foods Markets won several state and national awards.



Accelerating Innovation: What Emerging Brands Need to Get Growing

Although the nation’s COVID pandemic provided a boon to retail packaged foods, the past 18 months proved to be a particularly challenging time for smaller start-ups to bring new products to shelf. One ally in the fight is SKU, an Austin, Texas, product accelerator that supports smaller companies and provides 12-14 weeks of development and advice from industry mentors. Come hear SKU Chief Operating Officer Michelle Breyer lead a panel discussion about new product innovation and how small companies can get hit the ground running in 2022.