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Growing From The Ground Up: Lauren Bealore
September 2, 2016 @ 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Join Bamboo East for the Growing From The Ground Up Series – featuring local activists/entrepreneurs/organizers who are being the change they want to see in their communities. The series is an informal chat about experiences and hopes for our community over breakfast and coffee every Friday.
Please join us for an amazing discussion about community, politics, entrepreneurship, and life with Lauren Bealore of Young Ambitious Beautiful (Y.A.B.) – a women’s business non-profit organization, that operates as a conglomerate created by three women thriving to be the best in every aspect of life. With a strong focus on business & entrepreneurship, community engagement & mentorship, and personal development, Y.A.B.’s goal is to support, uplift, and encourage women of color and to ultimately “Lift As We Climb”…
As a Michigan State University Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Relations and Policy, Lauren has set herself up to have a background that can flourish in multiple areas. While studying in the residential program James Madison College, Lauren took many pursuits to student leadership, including positions as President of the Case Black Caucus, Chair of the African American Celebratory, Treasurer for the Zonta International Golden Z Club, Member of the James Madison College Diversity Programming Committee, volunteering as a James Madison College Peer Assistant, Multicultural Director for the University Activities Board, and having the honorable pleasure of being on the selection committee for the MSU Teacher-Scholar Award. This student-led leadership experience coupled with the internship experience with the Michigan Democratic Party helped to solidify Lauren’s consistent pursuit of the law and government realm. Lauren decided to utilize her degree to further pursue a Masters of Arts in Public Policy from The New England College.
As an MAPP student, she has garnered much experience in the world of politics and policy, including working as a Fellow for the Millennial Mayors Congress Program through the Michigan Suburbs Alliance as well as campaign work for candidates within local government. At the Michigan Suburbs Alliance, she was able to utilize her skills in leadership to delegate ideas to members of the Congress and Michigan mayors as well as the Millennial population of Michigan to adequately implement policies that are beneficial to all. Lauren continued her career in the Finance Department of political campaigns, beginning on the Congressional Campaign of the 14th District of Michigan as Assistant Finance Director and then on to being the Finance Director for a Democratic Nominee for the 39th District for the Michigan House of Representatives. In total, Lauren helped to raise $800,000 in campaign elections in 2014, being the only Millennial African American woman in Michigan working in the fundraising realm of politics. Recently, Lauren transitioned from fundraising and is currently the Regional Operations Coordinator through the Oakland County Democratic Party for the statewide MI Time To Care Campaign.
In February 2015, Lauren was appointed as Commissioner for the City of Southfield’s Total Living Commission and was elected First Vice Chair of the Commission. As a Commissioner, she helped implement the Southfield Ambassadors Program, the first to be under any board or commission for the city. To add to her political accomplishments, Lauren was selected as the Female Young Democrat of the Year through the Oakland County Democratic Party, being the first African American female selected and recently was elected to be a Precinct Delegate for Precinct 19 of the City of Southfield, making her officially an appointed and elected official. Additionally, Lauren is the Co-Founder for a women-owned non-profit organization by the name of Y.A.B., which is a young entrepreneurial conglomerate for businesses owned by women of color.
Through both Y.A.B. and Lauren’s political career, Lauren has received over 50 publication features including Michipreneur, Michigan Chronicle, DBusiness Journal, and HOUR Detroit Magazine. Later in life, Lauren plans to host her own political commentary show that blends together popular culture and politics. Lauren plans to use her extensive business network as well as political network to be both uplifting and resourceful, as well as provide tools for other young women to use as stepping stones to their own personal success.
8:30am – Arrive, grab coffee, light breakfast, and settle in
8:45am – Brief remarks and introductions
8:50am – Speaker
9:45am – Q&A
10:00am – Thank you & Have a great day!