Lauren  L. Lawson-Zilai

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 industry.

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.