Welcome to our youngest speaker in the lineup! Lani Lazzari brings many years of experience having ventured into entrepreneurship at such a young age.
Lani Lazzari is the founder and CEO of the all-natural skincare company Simple Sugars. Simple Sugars manufactures and sells all-natural sugar scrubs especially formulated for sensitive skin. Lazzari founded Simple Sugars in December of 2005, when she was just 11 years old, in an effort to create natural skincare products that would be safe to use on her ultra-sensitive skin and relieve her eczema. What started in the basement of her parents’ home is now a multimillion-dollar business that employs over 20 people.
Over the past eight years, Lazzari’s brand has been endorsed by beauty editors at some of the world’s most prestigious beauty magazines and has garnered a loyal fan base all over the world. The Simple Sugars line consists of a wide variety of body, facial, and foot scrubs in addition to a men’s line called Smooth For Men. Simple Sugars products are sold internationally online and are available in over 100 retail locations across the United States.
On March 29, 2013, after being pursued by the show’s producers, Lazzari appeared on ABC’s hit TV show, “Shark Tank” where she secured an investment for Simple Sugars with billionaire Mark Cuban. Simple Sugars received one of the biggest responses in the history of the show and the company literally exploded overnight receiving more than 25,000 orders in just three days. Despite being just 18 years old and the youngest entrepreneur to ever make a solo pitch, The Sharks deemed Lazzari’s pitch the best they had ever seen.
Since graduating from The Ellis School in Pittsburgh in 2012, Lazzari has been the full-time CEO of the now multimillion-dollar company. Lazzari has a firm belief that no one should have to choose between a job that they love and a life that they love and her mission is to make Simple Sugars the best company in America for women to work for. Lazzari’s determination and continued success have made her a role model for young women everywhere and her passion for inspiring women of all ages to follow their dreams has made her an ambassador for female entrepreneurship.
Lazzari currently lives in Pittsburgh with her mom, Gina, and her two younger brothers, Alex and Rocco. Although her free time is sparse, Lazzari enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling.