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TB 070: Business and Politics: Why We Need More Women of Color in Both!

Lauren Bealore is the Corporate Relations and Events Manager for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, a national political lobbying organization that focuses on protecting conservation issues by holding elected officials accountable. Lauren is also an appointed and elected official, serving as a City Commissioner for the City of Southfield’s Total Living Commission and Precinct Delegate for Precinct 19 of the City of Southfield. In today's interview, we discussed the shifts that are happening that seem to be stifling the voice of black women in politics.  We also discussed the impact that race, gender and ethnicity might play in politics as we look out a decade from now.

Some of the questions we asked Lauren

  • [spp-timestamp time="03:50"] Were you always this ambitious and driven as a child?
  • [spp-timestamp time="06:50"] How has your family shaped you?
  • [spp-timestamp time="11:15"] Did you have any other mentors early on that helped to guide you?
  • [spp-timestamp time="13:45"] What can be done to get more women of color in the campaign fundraising space?
  • [spp-timestamp time="16:22"] Why do you think there are so many shifts recently to stifle the voice of our black women in politics?
  • [spp-timestamp time="20:30"] How do you think race, gender and ethnicity will impact the political scene a decade from now?
  • [spp-timestamp time="34:10"] Do you see a path to help young black women pursue a path in business and politics?

Never dull your diamonds to let rocks shine!

It's time for you guys to just take a chance on someone. Someone took a chance on me.
You're going to have to go out there and seek that potential that you want. If there are no programs in place to give these people the opportunities, you'll have to create those people, so that the opportunities are there.

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Lauren Bealore Bio

Lauren is currently the Corporate Relations and Events Manager for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, a national political lobbying organization that focuses on protecting conservation issues by holding elected officials accountable. Lauren is also an appointed and elected official, serving as a City Commissioner for the City of Southfield’s Total Living Commission and Precinct Delegate for Precinct 19 of the City of Southfield.
Lauren is the Co-Founder for a women-owned non-profit organization by the name of Y.A.B., which stands for Young, Ambitious and Beautiful.  It's a young entrepreneurial conglomerate for businesses owned by women of color.

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