About

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The Women's Leadership Guild (TWLG) is comprised of young professional (21 - 45 yo) women of color from various sectors around the Greater Cleveland area.

Formerly The Cleveland Young Professional Minority Women's Group, our mission is to position women of color as assets in their community and provide a safe and supportive space for personal and professional development through relationship building, skill enhancement, community enrichment, and career advancement opportunities.

By raising awareness of the leadership attributes of women of color in Cleveland, we uphold the organization's values of civic engagement, integrity, respect, ambition, and camaraderie. The energy, enthusiasm, and talent of women apart of The Women's Leadership Guild stands out as our most encouraging asset in developing our city’s future. We are the voice of young professional women of color in Cleveland.

Although the organization is geared toward women of color, we are not an exclusionary group and welcome all women into our organization.

Lauren R. Welch - Founder & Executive Director

Advocate, Brand Strategist, and Creative, Lauren R. Welch is a Cleveland native whose talents have taken her across the country and back again. Thrown into the industry after her collegiate career, Welch has more than 13 years of high-profile marketing and communications experience with notable clients including Zico Coconut Water, Reebok, Silpada Jewelry and more.

The success of her work would eventually lead her to manage in-house communications for agencies, nonprofits, and academia in Los Angeles and Cleveland securing media and increasing brand visibility through strategic partnerships with Warner Brothers, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, E! and more.

Welch currently serves as Director of Marketing and Communications at Karamu House and the Executive Director of The Women's Leadership Guild, a nonprofit organization dedicated to positioning women of color as assets in their communities. Committed to activism and liberation work in communities of color, she rallied and demanded justice in the killing of Tamir Rice in 2014, serves as Communications Chair of The Soul of Philanthropy: Reframed and Exhibited (TSOPCLE), reframing various portraits of African American philanthropy through an exhibition and series of programming and events, and actively speaks in the community on equity, inclusion, and centering the margins.

Welch has an extensive media and speaking portfolio including The New Yorker, People Magazine, Cleveland Scene Magazine, Case Western Reserve University, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Providence House, and more.

Lauren R. Welch with (R-L) and former Women in Action speakers Collette Appolito Laisure and Kristen Baird Adams.

Lauren R. Welch with (R-L) and former Women in Action speakers Collette Appolito Laisure and Kristen Baird Adams.