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Student Finds Mentor, Inspiration, at ColorComm Conference

Dec. 13, 2019

by Caroline Mitchell

Baylor senior Havyn Colon was among 55 women selected from more than 300 applicants to be a 2019 ColorComm Fellow. Colon is a marketing major and film minor from Houston.

Havyn Colon and Bonin Brough

Student Havyn Colon with marketing guru, investor and author Bonin Bough

ColorComm is an organization for minority women interested in different areas of communications such as public relations, digital advertising, marketing, corporate communications, print media, broadcast and more. The mission of ColorComm is “to personally connect women with other like-minded individuals” and “to build a strong network of leaders by creating mentors/mentees, business relationships and friendships.” The organization hosts the C2NextGen Summit every year.

The summit was Nov. 14-15 in New York City with a reception at BuzzFeed and all-day programming at Chelsea Piers. As a ColorComm Fellow, Colon received complimentary C2NextGen 2019 registration, a one-year complimentary ColorComm network membership, the opportunity to participate on the ColorComm Leadership team, mentorship with leaders in the industry, and dialogue with ColorComm leaders at the 2019 summit.

The women at the summit were either college students or entry-level professionals. Colon was one of the youngest women there with the ages ranging from 21 to 26 years. Colon said the mantra of the conference was “to be bold, embrace who you are and be confident in what assets you bring to a company.”

“The whole conference was inspiring,” Colon said. “Each speaker had the consistent theme of trusting in yourself and recognizing you are here for a reason.”

Colon was impressed by the caliber of women with whom she interacted at the conference. One of the perks of being a fellow is the opportunity to receive a professional mentor, and Colon’s mentor was Jackie Gagne, vice president of Multicultural Marketing at HBO. Colon hopes to pursue marketing for film and television, so Gagne’s mentorship was and will continue to be invaluable

Dr. Tyrha Lindsey-Warren, assistant clinical professor in the marketing department, introduced Colon to ColorComm and encouraged her to apply. Lindsey-Warren was Colon’s digital marketing professor and has helped Colon pursue her professional dreams.

Colon is moving to California after graduating in May to work for Toyota and will be a member of the ColorComm chapter in Los Angeles.

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