Gigi McMillan is the Chief Creative Officer of Kamisol Style Consultancy, Inc. Gigi received her degree in merchandising and visual branding from Sanford-Brown College. From there, she rose to the role of Director of Human Resources, Administration, and Operations Management; in corporate America in property management for a non-profit organization; and in education.
In 2018, Path to Purchase nominated Gigi for the Women of Excellence Award and was identified as a “Leader in Business.”
Her work as a visual artist was published in Modern Luxury Magazine, Grace Ormonde Modern Luxury Wedding, Washington Parent, NOVA Magazine, Simply Weddings, Munaluchi Bride, among others. Her work was also included in the DCTrust and Buoyant Partners citywide perception campaign to disrupt negative perceptions of DC youth of color known as #CME4ME.
In 2019, Gigi became a best-selling author in Crushed Diamonds, an anthology highlighting women who have overcome.
In 2020, the District of Columbia Small Business Development Center (DCSBDC) presented Gigi with a “Successful Business Leader Award” for her Lunch and Learn training. Topics included “How to Brand Yourself, Personally and Professional for Life” with a combined 97% approval rating by participants.
In 2021/2022, Gigi coined the registered trademark for Style Psychology Transformational Program to help individuals, and entrepreneurs create intentional branding structures for success, cohesiveness and growth. As an approved government contractor, she provides workforce development training with a unique three-tiered approach centered around diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies.
Gigi also had the pleasure of sharing her knowledge at the University of Baltimore, Cal Poly University, and worked with Georgetown University on a valuable social-justice initiative.
Furthermore, she has poured into future leaders at Colgan High School and Benton Middle School on the importance of digital awareness and personal presence for success.
Gigi is currently a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW), the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI) and the Empowerment Group by Ferial and she sits on the advisory committee for the Bernie House and working on her international life coaching certification with the Beautiful You Coaching Community.
As the Founder in 2015, Gigi built a platform for domestic violence survivors to celebrate and highlight those who moved from victim to victor. As a survivor herself she was determined to fill the gap and help remove shame that comes along with it. Over the years Purple Runway has received support from Senator Tim Kaine, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Purple Purse, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Bernie House, Women Giving Back, Change in Action, The Women’s Center, DC Trust, and Georgetown University, and Mercedes Benz of Arlington year after year.
Purple Runway has assisted survivors with school supplies, coats, food, housing, advocacy, counseling and more through donations and volunteer hours. Since the pandemic, we continue to assist butterflies on an as needed basis who have overcome and applaud lawmakers for the reconsideration of H.R.1585. (www.purplerunway.org)
Gigi is a wife, mother, sister and grandmother who values family, friends, food, and fun times in the sun. One of her favorite quotes has been coined by Coach Vince Lombardi:
“If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your life.