Irene Smalls is a graduate of Cornell University and has an MBA in Marketing and Behavioral Science from New York University.
Born and raised in Harlem New York, Irene is a former beauty queen, Fashionista, print model and a licensed hair stylist. Irene was one of the first natural hair models in the 1960s modeling for Johnson Products' Afro-Sheen line.
A student activist in the 60's, Irene was the founder of Wari House, the first official Black women's residence on an ivy league college campus. Wari House just celebrated its 50th year anniversary.
Irene is also the founder and first President of the Cornell Black Alumni Association. She is featured in the award-winning film about student activists from the 1960s
'Agents of Change'.
Smalls is also the award-winning author of 15 books for children published by Little Brown, Simon and Schuster and Scholastic Press. She has shared her children's stories with over 200,000 people around the world. As a storyteller, Irene has twice been invited to the White House in Washington, D.C.
Irene is a member of New York Women in Film and Television, The Society of Children's Books Authors and Illustrators, The Screen Actors Guild, The Schomburg Library and The National Action Network.