Lauren Wesley Wilson — What Do You Need?: How Women of Color Can Take Ownership of Their Careers to Accelerate Their Path to Success - with April Ryan — at Conn Ave

Upcoming Event
Wednesday, April 3, 2024 - 7:00pm

This event will be in partnership with the Washington Literacy Center.

What do you need? This question, as simple as it is powerful, is not often asked of women of color. But the answer to this question could be the difference between dreaming of a successful life and actually living one.

As founder and CEO of ColorComm Corporation, Lauren Wesley Wilson has been on the forefront of empowering women to become leaders and changemakers in business. At age 25, Lauren founded ColorComm, which began as an informal networking luncheon series and has since evolved into a multimillion-dollar communications company.

Like any successful venture, your career needs a strategic plan; and that starts by determining where you want to go and what you need to get there. A fundamental piece of developing that vision is the crucial question that ColorComm has long-asked its community: What do you need?

In her groundbreaking book, Lauren reveals the unwritten rules that women of color need to know in order to succeed in the workplace. Drawing from her own career experiences, Lauren shares the playbook you'll need to advance to the C-Suite.

Whether you are a woman of color seeking to thrive in the workplace or an ally committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone can excel, What Do You Need? is your indispensable road map to understanding, supporting, and empowering women of color in their careers.

What Do You Need? is a reminder that by understanding each other's needs we can build bridges that lead us toward a more equitable and inclusive society, all while enjoying the journey up the ladder to success.

Told through stories from her own career and those of her friends and connections--including Whoopi Goldberg, Gayle King, Ann Curry, Michelle Lee--as well as through tools, resources, and practical strategies, Lauren uncovers the secrets of how women of color can reach executive leadership positions.

Topics include:

  • tackling imposter syndrome
  • building a network
  • establishing your value
  • insights for recognizing the red flags when a job is a dead end
  • and much more

Lauren Wesley Wilson is one of the nation's leading thought leaders on media relations, diversity and inclusion, and crisis communications. She is the founder and CEO of ColorComm Corporation. Prior to ColorComm, Lauren worked as a communications strategist at a prestigious crisis communications firm in Washington, D.C., where she oversaw media strategy and crisis communications for international governments and stakeholder engagement for consumer brands. Lauren has been featured in The Washington Post, Forbes, People, as well as on MSNBC and CNBC, and more. She has been recognized by PR Week's 50 Most Powerful in PR, Ad Age's Women to Watch , New York Women in Communications, and many others. Lauren previously served on the Glass Lions Jury at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in Cannes, France. Lauren graduated from Spelman College with a bachelor's degree in political science and from Georgetown University with a master's degree in communications. Lauren resides in New York City.

Wilson will be in conversation with White House Correspondent April Ryan. Ryan has a unique vantage point as the only Black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House - a position she has held for over 26 years. She is now the longest-serving Black woman in the press corps. April is the Washington D.C. Bureau Chief for TheGrio. Ryan has served on the board of the White House Correspondents Association. She is one of only four African Americans in the Association's over 100-year history to serve on its board.  She is also an esteemed member of the National Press Club and the Gridiron Club. In 2015, Ryan was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for her first book and was the 2017 Journalist of the Year for the  National Association of Black Journalists. In 2019 Ryan was recognized as the  2019 Freedom of the Press Award Winner by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. In 2021, she was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Social Justice Impact. April considers her greatest life's work raising her two daughters. She is the author of the books The Presidency in Black and White, At Mama's Knee, and  Under Fire. Her latest book, Black Women Will Save the World, celebrates Black women's resilience and unheralded strength, reflects on "The Year That Changed Everything" and discusses African-American women's unprecedented role in upholding democracy. 

This event is free with first come, first served seating.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
What Do You Need?: How Women of Color Can Take Ownership of Their Careers to Accelerate Their Path to Success By Lauren Wesley Wilson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781401974893
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Hay House Business - April 2nd, 2024