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.

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.