We had the good fortune of connecting with Heather Francois and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Heather, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
As a mother of two sons, one of the most impactful things I teach my children is not to give up what they want most by refusing to sacrifice what they want now; the importance of critical thinking, rather than making emotional based decisions. There is an 18 year age difference between my boys, so they have both received very different versions of “mom”, but they will both be able to extract the values I instill in them from everyday living. Navigating through life requires us to be resilient & forward thinking, while maintaining the ability to pivot directions when necessary for success. They will each have points of reference to encourage them when it’s time for them to make difficult decisions or change course, even when the winds of life blow unexpectedly in a strange direction.

Running a business is not easy work, neither is motherhood. Both roles require of level of dedication, perseverance, emotional intelligence and downright grit to see the desired outcome. My children are watching me walk through life boldly and unapologetic in pursuit of my goals. They are absorbing this information as it’s lived out before them and I have no doubt that they are positively impacted by the way they learn to think for themselves about achieving long term success, even when it costs short term discomfort.

What should our readers know about your business?
Madame Francois is a curated collection of skincare essentials formulated with luxurious ingredients to enhance your self care routine. I am extremely proud of the brand… it’s my namesake and a part of my legacy. It’s literally an extension of me. The products are highly effective and perform, but they also make you feel beautiful and luxurious. These skincare products are high performance and will give you healthy, hydrated skin, but they also elevate your self care experience, so it’s not just about slathering some cream on your face to prevent dryness, it’s about taking a moment to pamper yourself by lavishly massaging a superior creme into. your skin knowing that you not only are working to heal your skin, but also nourish your soul. Nothing about my journey has been easy. I sat on this idea for years and only gained the courage to act on it once I realized that I was going to be laid off during the pandemic. I haven’t been in business for a full year yet, I’m just beginning, but so far, I get ahead by failing forward. Every day is a new challenge, and the key to overcoming each one is just to keep my head down on focus on my goal, remembering why I started. I’m learning that I really can trust myself even in the areas I lack experience and that I can’t always trust or rely on other ‘professionals’ even when they are an expert in their field because they don’t have a vested interest in my business, but rather their bottom line. My prayer life has definitely been ramped up!

I want the world to know that black women and luxury go hand in hand, it’s not an anomaly. We deserve the absolute best that life has to offer and we’re not ashamed to give it to ourselves or expect it from others. We are the most expensive thing we will ever own so we need to treat ourselves well. Madame Francois is synonymous with luxury. It’s skincare that you can trust, and it’s also an experience to be enjoyed.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Anyone who knows me knows that I have a handful of places I frequent in NYC. If you’re really special, I’ll take you with me… We’re going to Bergdorf Goodman to do a little shopping and having tea or a full lunch on the 7th floor. We absolutely must go to Central Park (Seneca Village) and ride bikes or take a carriage ride…we can even go to the zoo!

Another one of my favorites is Laduree Soho. We’re absolutely having tea service and pretty much every thing else on the menu. The museums are on the list too. We can see the Obama portraits and the Dior exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. The museum of Natural History has too many amazing exhibits to list and so does the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), so pack good walking shoes! We would also hang out on the red stairs in Times Square before we see a Broadway show and have dinner at one of the hundreds of restaurants nearby. On a quieter day, we would venture over to Oheka Castle in Long Island for a lovely tour of the grounds, drinks in the library and dinner al Fresco.

At the end of this week, you will be delightfully exhausted and well acquainted with good times and good living.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’ve been extremely blessed to have a loving support system that includes my parents, siblings, husband, children, friends, former co -workers and even beautiful strangers that I’ve met on my journey have become part of my story for their ability to speak encouragement over me and even give me incredible advice. Some of those strangers have since become mentors.

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