January 2022 Member of the Month
Congratulations to Lauren Poteat!
Lauren Poteat is an award-winning journalist and children’s book author who recently debuted her celebrated children’s story “Giraffes Don’t Talk to Ants,” during the height of the pandemic. With a specialization in communications and writing, Lauren currently works for the Federal City Council and has also worked for various news outlets including the historic AFRO American Newspapers, NNPA and the Washington Informer Newspaper, where she garnered her first Dateline Award through the Society of Professional Journalists. In addition to her work in communications, Lauren Poteat also serves as a board member to the Washington School for Girls and an Executive Board Member to the National Council of Negro Women. In 2021, Lauren Poteat was also honored with a proclamation from the Governor of Maryland for her leadership and service.
Why did she join Thursday Network?
As African Americans, economic independence and literacy is essential as we continue to move toward a more equal America, filled with more possibilities and options. Through the Greater Washington Urban League’s Thursday Network, I have been able to gain invaluable lessons and insight on better ways to save money, invest money, build credit, understand homeownership and receive useful tools in order to establish myself toward becoming a more successful entrepreneur. I believe that what makes the Thursday Network so exceptional is that their placement and emphasis is not just on one female or one man, but the collective of African Americans and those who identify with the diaspora across the globe.