Lauren Wesley Wilson
Founder ColorComm and Contributor Forbes
Inclusivity and community are Lauren’s defining values as she is building a tribe of ambitious marketing and communication professionals. She lives and breathes these values. A prime example being ColorComm - a company committed to advancing the visibility of women of color in communications, marketing, advertising and digital - of which she founded.
Lauren Wesley Wilson is a communicator, media spokesperson, and founder of ColorComm - a community of more than 40,000 professionals through the ColorComm Network (a national professional membership organization), ColorComm Annual Conference, and ColorComm Fellows Program. She recently served on the Glass Lions Jury (founded by Sheryl Sandberg) at the 64th Annual Cannes Lions Festival in Cannes, France. Lauren has been recognized as one of the 50 Most Powerful in PR by PR Week.
Creating a community is difficult. Especially when you’re new to an area, like NYC. What’s your best advice for women to find a supportive community?
Go to events, introduce yourself to new faces, and don't be shy! ColorComm NYC chapter is always eager to meet new people at our events. We know how important it is to have a supportive circle. I would encourage women to find organizations that create a space for expanding their network such as ColorComm events and programs.
Who’s been your most significant mentor and how did they help guide you?
A woman named Tara Jones, who sadly recently passed away. Tara taught me to go after the things that you want, to do great work, and to become valuable to your boss and manager. She invested in her mentees and taught them how to create a two-way relationship with someone who is more senior and who has more experience. She helped ColorComm significantly in the beginning and was our very first speaker during our first ColorComm program 7 years ago.
How do you deal with pressure to compete with other women and judgmental thoughts against them?
You have to block these things out and understand that there is room at the table for everyone. Don’t waste time judging someone who you know nothing about.