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On Saturday, October 6, 2012 hear from Lauren Wesley Wilson, who is a dynamic game changer in the world of communications and public relations. A child of a pr guru, the apple did not fall far from the tree. Lauren will share how she built a network to help connect other like minded young women of color with senior level women in the communications field. Her decision to not let others "no" deter her has turned a lunch meeting into an thriving membership community that meets monthly to empower, to inspire, and to motivate one another.
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More About ColorComm
ColorComm is an essential organization for women of color in
communications. In a field where there are often less than a handful of
us at a professional meeting or networking event, ColorComm provides
this niche group the opportunity to see, learn and hear from highly
successful women of color. ColorComm is also for women who have achieved
great success who are looking for new opportunities that will
stimulate, educate, and broaden their horizons. Communications fields
include: public relations, corporate communications, media relations,
political communications and others.
The ColorComm mission is to personally connect women with other
like-minded individuals to build a strong network of leaders by creating
mentors/mentees, business relationships and friendships. ColorComm
offers a unique opportunity for women to share experiences and learn
from one another to enhance their personal and professional development.
It Started With Lunch
A group of 30 women gathered for the first luncheon in May 2011 at an
upscale restaurant in Washington, D.C. Several luncheons later, these
invite-only events with top-level guest speakers have become the most
sought-after ticket in the District and beyond for professional women of
color in communications.
Based on feedback from participants who expressed a desire for more
opportunities to connect, ColorComm evolved into a membership
organization. Membership allows ColorComm to expand its programming,
networking and partnerships to create the most meaningful and dynamic
experiences for our exclusive, member community.
Excerpt from Pamela's Punch:
PP: How did the idea of ColorComm begin?
LWW: The idea for ColorComm began when I was
working in the PR agency world. It was an environment that was based on
hierarchy, sweatshop mentality, and a cut throat atmosphere. My path to a
promotion and success was often unclear. At the time I was looking for a
mentor to help guide me and provide strategic insight on how to achieve
my best and get to the next level. So I began actively seeking out a
mentor. I attended every professional development seminar, networking
session, panel discussion that you could imagine. I was looking to meet
anyone who cared enough to give me 15 minutes of their time.
What I’ve found and eventually learned, is that most people really
don’t want to give up their time to people that they don’t know or
someone who didn’t come recommended. What’s in it for them? And
honestly, how many times have they done this before? I can remember that
there was one Senior Vice President at Fleishman-Hillard that I was
dying to get to know and dying to hear from, and it took an entire year
(July 2009-July 2010) for me to meet with her. I get it, I wasn’t a
priority! But, I wasted time. I was so focused on that one person, and
at the end of the day there was 0 connection. The “mentor hunt” was
I thought to myself, there has got to be an easier way to meet executive
level communicators. How about we put them all in one room over lunch
and that way we have an opportunity to hear from them, learn from them,
and connect with them. No more getting the runaround! I knew I wasn’t
the only one who felt that way. Thus, the idea for ColorComm was
created. Since the first luncheon in May 2011, it became apparent that
there was a hunger for more interaction among women of color in
communications. Our unique questions were not being answered and we
needed to connect with other like-minded women. ColorComm began with a
luncheon series and now is transitioning into a membership community,
and it’s the most amazing thing to watch evolve.
Pamela's Punch Full Interview with Lauren Wesley Wilson can be found here.
Photos from previous events can be found here.