Lauren Wesley Wilson: 40 Under 40 2013

Communications Strategist and Account Supervisor, MSLGroup Washington, DC; Founder and Chief Networking Officer, ColorComm

Driven, passionate, and multi-talented, Lauren Wesley Wilson is among the youngest PR professionals to make it into this year’s prestigious 40 Under 40 list. Currently an account supervisor and communications strategist at MSLGroup in Washington, DC, she is also the founder and chief networking officer of ColorComm, the only membership organization exclusively for executive women of color in PR and communications.

ColorComm started as an invite-only lunch series in Washington, DC, in May 2011 and has since expanded, moving into other cities, including New York and Chicago, to offer women the chance to learn from other successful leaders and role models at a range of networking events. In an impressive career to date, Wilson has served as a communications director for a member of Congress and acted as a formal spokesperson, media liaison, and media booker for Obama for America at the Florida campaign headquarters, where she secured media interviews with celebrity supporters including Alicia Keys, Alfre Woodard, and others.

Prior to her political roles, she was responsible for developing and executing strategic media campaigns for Fortune 100 clients at Hill+Knowlton Strategies and Stanton Communications, having embarked on her PR career at top global agencies Ketchum and Edelman.

A graduate of Spelman College, Wilson holds a degree in political science with a focus on international relations, and a master’s in PR and communications from Georgetown University. While at Spelman she studied for a semester at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. Described as a "dynamic game changer in the world of communications and PR" by her colleagues, Wilson has emerged as one of the PR industry’s young innovators.

"Wilson possesses the heart of a lion and has proven to be a fierce communicator in the fast-paced and rapidly changing field of public relations and communications," says The Washington Informer.

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