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ColorComm Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Whoopi Goldberg As Keynote Speaker
What started as a need and a twinkle in a 20-something’s eye in Washington, D.C. for networking, community, and council in the communications industry has blossomed into an impactful fellowship of Black women and women of color for the past ten years. This year, ColorComm honors its decade-long anniversary with its first in-person luncheon event since the beginning of the pandemic featuring a keynote from The View‘s Whoopi Goldberg herself.
As stated by Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, “It gets lonely as you climb to the top. To be in the room of people who only wish you the best is precious.” ColorComm’s 10th-anniversary luncheon embodied just that and more as the energy circled around the room of beautiful women of color who longed for support and to support one another.
During her opening welcome, founder Lauren Wesley Wilson shared a few thoughts about the growth of ColorComm since its inception in 2011. MSNBC President Rashida Jones shared with ESSENCE exclusively her thoughts on the evolution of the communications and media industry regarding opportunities for Black women and women of color. “We are seeing more and more Black women step into C-suite positions in Fortune 500 companies, and it’s absolutely crucial this representation continues for years to come,” Jones said.
While she may be the first Black woman to become: CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance, “I won’t be the last and I’ll do everything I can to mentor and sponsor young women who look like me so they can do the same.”