When Marissa Shipman decided to leave her television production job in New York City approximately 15 years ago, she had no intention of starting her own company. She relocated to San Francisco, California, and sought employment with every major make-up manufacturer in the city, without luck. After experimenting with her own cosmetics formulas, Marissa Shipman created a high-quality lip balm. She built this unique lip balm formula into an international business under the name theBalm Cosmetics.

Marissa Shipman continues to lead theBalm Cosmetics as its chief executive officer, overseeing a management team that produces cosmetics on a massive scale. From its manufacturing headquarters in San Francisco, the company currently produces more than 100 cruelty free unique products for the retail cosmetics industry and distributes them for sale around the world. Under Mrs. Shipman’s direction, theBalm Cosmetics team continues to brainstorm innovative ideas and develop unique new products.