Lauren Wesley Wilson, founder and president, ColorComm: Power List 2016

2016 rank: 40

I first met Lauren at the 2013 PRWeek Conference. Not only was she passionate about her new group, ColorComm, but also articulate and convincing about how diversity could drive business. She had me at "Hello."

 As a young PR pro, Lauren has experience beyond her years. She served as comms director for a Texas congresswoman and worked on behalf of corporate clients at both MSLGroup and Hill & Knowlton. Through her experiences, she became determined to address the issue of diversity — specifically for women of color.

Her mission: to see more of them in senior leadership positions. Through her tenacity and vision, Lauren has grown ColorComm from a small group in Washington, DC, to an impressive network of women in chapters across the country.

She didn’t stop there. Lauren launched C2, an annual conference featuring nationally recognized speakers such as Lisa Ling, and she continues to strengthen the voices of those who are often under-represented.

I have the privilege of serving on the ColorComm board and am constantly impressed with Lauren’s drive and willingness to take risks. She is an entrepreneur through and through, and I have a feeling her biggest ideas are yet to come.

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