by: Desirée Chavis (@ManuelaDC)
The organization, which launched in 2011 as an invite-only luncheon, has been on a steady path of growth every since. With network expansion from Washington, D.C. to Chicago and now New York, ColorComm is on a mission to connect professional women of color in communications across the U.S.
After introductory remarks by ColorComm founder Lauren Wesley Wilson, award-winning author and writer Susan Fales-Hill, widely known for her contributions to The Cosby Show and A Different World addressed the group.
Susan talked about why it is imperative for women of color in the communications industry to support one another. She also encouraged the 100+ ladies (and the few gentlemen) in attendance to define their career success on their own terms. Susan ended her speech with one of her favorite quotes:
“Don’t let success go to your head, or failures go to your heart.”
Renee Wilson, president of MSLGROUP North America also spoke on the importance of women supporting each other in the industry and voiced her strong support for the ColorComm organization.
Other special guests included Jeanine Liburd, executive vice president for BET Networks, Keli Goff, contributor for MSNBC and TheRoot.com, Zandra Zuno, executive vice president for Golin Harris, and Julie Dixon, deputy managing director at Golin Harris. More than 30 women joined ColorComm as charter members of the NYC chapter at the event.
The DC chapter of ColorComm will be celebrating its official one-year anniversary on Tuesday, August 13th from 6:30 to 8:30 at Pepco Edison Place Gallery in Washington, DC. Click here to RSVP.
Desirée Chavis (@ManuelaDC) is an AAE at Ogilvy & Mather and a freelance PR practitioner.