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Lauren R. Welch

Lauren R. Welch is a native of Cleveland whose work as an advocate, brand strategist, and creative has established her as a sought-after expert in cities around the country.

She began her career working for high-profile clients like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Zico Coconut Water, and Reebok. Now with over 15 years of experience in marketing and communications, she’s overseen marketing and communications for agencies, nonprofit organizations, political campaigns, educational institutions, and small businesses, where she increases the visibility of industry leaders and organizations working to effect political and social change, oversees brand overhauls and restructuring, and elevates communications strategies through paid, owned, and earned media.

She uses her lived-experiences and professional expertise in equity, inclusion, and liberation work to elevate the issues affecting individuals on the margins and their stories - locally and nationally. In 2012, she notably co-founded and served as the Executive Director of the Women's Leadership Guild, a Cleveland-based organization devoted to advancing the personal and professional goals of women of color, for a number of years before moving on to other endeavors. With a diversified media/speaking portfolio that includes The New Yorker, People Magazine, Politico, Cleveland Scene Magazine, and Greater Cleveland Partnerships among others, she's routinely invited to speak at keynotes, seminars, and discussions.

Welch currently serves on the boards of trustees for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority and The Land, a nonprofit journalism company focused on Cleveland's neighborhoods. Welch is a full-time employee of Say Yes Cleveland as the Assistant Director of Communications and the Founder of Laurel Cadence, a nationwide marketing and advocacy firm.

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