Lauren L. Lawson-Zilai
English literature, 1999
Director of public relations and national
spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International.
My prior nonprofit
experience includes serving as the public relations representative for
the Children's Defense Fund, Doorways for Women and Families and Greater
D.C. Cares. I began my career in New York City, where I led
publicity campaigns for authors at book publishers including AOL/Time
Warner, Eagle Publishing, Penguin Putnam and Simon and Schuster.
I am the past president of Washington Women in Public Relations, an
organization in the greater Washington, D.C., area dedicated to
advancing women in the public relations field. I am the founder of the
Emerging Leaders Award, a special accolade for young women ages
21-30 who have made a significant impact in the communications
I am the recipient of the Entrepreneurship Achievement Award
from the Greater Washington Women's Network. I also graduated from
the Denver Publishing Institute.
It was at Lycoming that I discovered my love of community service, an affection that began during my freshman class community service project and would eventually shape my entire academic and professional career. Lycoming built the foundation of who I wanted to be and where I would find the most intrinsic value in a career.
I was Lycoming's 2012 New
Student Convocation speaker and I received the inaugural Taunia Oechslin Young Alumnus Award, which is given to an alumnus/a who
has made significant contributions to their profession, demonstrating
leadership and exemplifying outstanding service and volunteerism to the
College or the community during the first 15 years since graduating.