A Diversity Panel Isn’t Enough, Says Essence’s Associate Operations Director

Kai Deveraux Lawson on being in mixed company

Kai Lawson posing against a pink background
'I'd like to see advertising take action to fix the problems that we're identifying,' Lawson says. Margarita Corporan

Kai Deveraux Lawson never anticipated a career in advertising. After working as a college rep for record labels, Lawson—now associate operations director at Essence—assumed her next step would be in the music industry.

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This story first appeared in the Sept. 30, 2019, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.
@ErikDOster erik.oster@adweek.com Erik Oster is an agencies reporter for Adweek.