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 - Co-Founder & Executive Director
Advocate, Brand Strategist and Creative, Lauren R. Welch is a Cleveland native and Wittenberg University Alumna whose talents have taken her from Cleveland to Los Angeles and back again.
Thrown into industry after her collegiate career, Welch earned a running start assisting with community engagement and publicity for high-profile clients including Zico Coconut Water, Reebok, Silpada Jewelry and more. Soon after, she would help manage in-house public relations for an agency in LA securing media placements and increasing brand visibility through strategic partnerships with TV One, Warner Brothers, and US Weekly.
This success united with her love for Cleveland, inspired her to bring her passion back to the Midwest where she currently manages marketing initiatives for the Cleveland History Center and serves as Chair of The Cleveland Young Professional Minority Women’s Group, an organization created to position women of color as assets in their community, with Co-Founder Jazmin A. Long.