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 and Wittenberg University Alumna whose talents have taken her across the country and back again.

Thrown into the industry after her collegiate career, Welch has more than 10 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 in both Los Angeles and Cleveland and The Western Reserve Historical Society, securing media and increasing brand visibility through strategic partnerships with Warner Brothers, the 82nd and 83rd Academy Awards, E!, Mandel Foundation, City of Cleveland, and more.

She currently serves as Asst. Director of Communication and Marketing at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and Executive Director of The Women's Leadership Guild, a nonprofit organization dedicated to positioning women of color as assets in their communities. She was recently appointed Communications Chair for The Souls of Philanthropy Cleveland (TSOPCle.com) and #GivingTuesdayCle (WishCle.org), serves as a Marketing Coach for the Economic Community Development Institute and awarded Who’s Who of Black Cleveland in 2015 and 2016 and an Honoree for Celebration of Heroes 2014.

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.