ColorComm celebrates 10 years of creating a community for multicultural women in communications

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Kim Godwin, April Ryan, Symone Sanders, Lauren Wesley Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, Deborah Roberts, Valerie Jarrett, and Rashida Jones at ColorComm's 10th anniversary celebration.

On the first day of October at Restaurant Daniel, ColorComm celebrated 10 years of success with Fortune 500 executives, media personalities, political operatives, celebrities and influencers.

100 prominent women gathered for the private invite-only luncheon, including Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of ABC’s The View, political advisor Valerie Jarrett, media personality Star Jones; The View’s co-host Sunny Hostin, White House correspondent April Ryan, publicist Yvette Noel-Schure, Cosmopolitan magazine’s Julee Wilson; Latham Thomas, Dr. Michelle Henry; Sprinkle’s Michelle Wong, Vice Media’s Daisy Dominguez, Kim Godwin, President of ABC News; and President of Planned Parenthood Alexis McGill Johnson.

Lauren Wesley Wilson welcomes guests.

The luncheon began with a cocktail reception followed by a curated three-course meal from Michelin star Chef Daniel Boulud who stopped by to greet the guests and participate in photos on the Step & Repeat.

Whoopi Goldberg served as the keynote speaker, President of MSNBC Rashida Jones offered remarks, and Founder of Tai Life Media Tai Beauchamp was emcee.

ColorComm was founded by Lauren Wesley Wilson in 2011 over a lunch to bring together women of color in the industry. Today it has become the nation’s leading women’s platform addressing diversity and inclusion across the communications, marketing, advertising, and media industry. Ten years later, ColorComm has a network of over 100,000 professionals in the business.

Guests were treated to custom ColorComm lunch boxes filled with high-end premium beauty products and products from women owned businesses including items from La Mer, Glow Recipe, Carol’s Daughter, Effie’s Paper, Sprinkles, and more.

At random, the Daniel waitstaff selected one guest to receive a dessert that read “Travel Plans?” in chocolate. Tech founder Sevetri Wilson was the lucky winner and recipient of two roundtrip airline tickets to anywhere in the United States, courtesy of Jet Blue.

The luncheon marked ColorComm’s first live event since the Pandemic. The organization produces more than 110 annual live events across nine US cities through its membership organization, The ColorComm Network. The event felt like a reunion that everyone needed to be together again.

Deborah Roberts.
Heather Woodard.
L. to r.: Chef Daniel Boulud and Whoopi Goldberg; Arielle Patrick.
Soon Mee Kim, Lauren Wesley Wilson, and Michelle Wong.
Kim Godwin.
Jackie Palmer, Lauren Wesley Wilson, and Tamara Gooch Caine.
L. to r.: Michelle Gadsden-Williams, Latham Thomas, and Sade Lythcott; Dr. Michelle Henry.
Valerie Jarrett, Lauren Wesley Wilson, April Ryan, and Rashida Jones.
L. to r.: Cindy Gallop; Daisy Auger-Dominguez.
Julee Wilson and Gabriella Gambrell.
L. to r.: Giselle Phelps; Michele Thornton Ghee.
Star Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, and Sunny Hostin.
L. to r.: Alexis McGill Johnson; Tai Beauchamp and Alexis McGill Johnson embrace.
Sade Lythcott, Bevy Smith, Latham Thomas, and Sunny Hostin.
Natalia Gochez, Gadeer Ghannam, Valarie Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, Lauren Wesley Wilson, and Gwen Haynes.

Photographs by Matteo Prandoni/

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