WASHINGTON: Lauren Wesley Wilson departed her role as communications strategist at Qorvis MSLGroup on Friday to lead ColorComm full-time as president and chief networking officer.
Wesley Wilson founded ColorComm in 2011 as a membership organization exclusively for executive women of color in PR and communications. While managing ColorComm full-time, she will continue to work with Qorvis MSLGroup as a media consultant, she told PRWeek.
"Over the next year, we plan to expand ColorComm in various cities and most likely we will launch an online platform," said Wesley Wilson, who has 30 volunteer staffers at the organization. "I am focusing on strategic partnerships and bringing in sponsorships for the organization."
ColorComm has chapters in Washington, DC, New York, Chicago, and Atlanta. Each year, the organization brings together approximately 300 women from the communications profession at a conference in Miami, Florida.
"The mission is to create a platform for women in comms and to recognize the accomplishments of women of color," Wesley Wilson added. "We want to be a resource for our industry by giving more brand visibility to our members and individuals who are part of this network."
Wesley Wilson has served at Qorvis MSLGroup for two years, working with global clients in public affairs, energy, and consumer.
The agency is recruiting a new communications strategist to replace her, according to Michael Echter, MSLGroup’s director of corporate communications and marketing, North America.
Previously, Wesley Wilson served as communications director for a member of Congress and acted as a spokesperson, media liaison, and media booker for Obama for America at the Florida campaign headquarters.
Prior to her political roles, she was responsible for developing and executing strategic media campaigns for Fortune 100 clients while on the media relations team at Hill+Knowlton Strategies and as a PR account professional at Stanton Communications.
Wesley Wilson was one of PRWeek’s 40 Under 40 in 2013.
This story was updated on March 24 to clarify that ColorComm has 30 volunteer staffers reporting to Wesley Wilson.