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Calynn M. Lawrence, Miss United States Universe Tourism 2021 is the CEO of the Calynn Communications & Creative corporation (est 2020) that owns Chicago Talent TV (est 2018) and The Fresh Faces Project (est 2014). She is a 25-year-old, seventeen-time award-winning entrepreneur in the Marketing Management and Editorial industries with heavy ties to the fashion, arts, and entertainment sector! She also is a college graduate with a degree in Business and Art (Daley), and certificate programs in Persuasive Communications - Public Speaking and Writing + Entrepreneurship - Focused In Emerging Economies + Leadership (Harvard Business School Online), Marketing Management + Business Accounting (Daley) and Social Media Consulting + Fashion Business (IAP College).


She got her start at 15 years old when she started a fashion blog and began a Retail Business/Fashion internship at the downtown Chicago Nordstrom Mall in 2011, where she stayed for 3 years until 2014. They taught her the ropes on all aspects of the fashion retail industry from contributing to marketing, advertising and design to executing sales, merchandising and modeling! She has been blogging and writing/editing articles for a long list of publications, mostly news and opinion, since 2012. 

After leaving Nordstrom, she worked in sales at H&M for a few months before going full-time freelancer while in college. She began to build up her blog, and make a name for herself in the industry as a "media personality." This was so much so that she was able to be a part-time Cable Television host for CAN TV in college and shortly after for 2 years, interviewing tens of local minority business owners and covering events!


In her work as a media personality, she has a few years worth of experiences covering upwards of 50 large red carpet events from many of the major Fashion Weeks (New York, LA, Chicago, Paris, Black, Latino, Mercedes Benz) to music award shows to TV premieres. Many of these experiences can be found on her blog here. 
 

She has amassed seventeen awards at the local, national and worldwide levels for her work. They include 4 Chicago Oscars, 1 Red Silk Carpet Award, Woman of the Year, Forever Flame: Alumni Achievement award (after giving the commencement speech at her alma mater several years later after she graduated as Valedictorian), 4 Virtual Visionary Awards, Best Creative Arts Organization, the National Humanitarian Leadership Award, BOSS Women's Achievement award, Best Business Platform,  National Community Service Award and the Miss Congeniality America award.


While building her businesses throughout the years and freelancing part-time for clients such as Chick-fil-A, Africa International House, All My Friends Are Models, True Elegance Magazine, Komodo Energy Drinks, and The YLCT Foundation, she has also balanced a corporate 9-5 life for the last 4 years. She's worked as a Creative PR Coordinator at Venta USA, a Marketing Manager of a photography/videography house, and most recently an Assistant Director of Marketing and Sales for a music school.

This is in addition to her recent work in pageantry having donated monetarily to tens of causes, as well as donating tens of best-selling youth novels to after school initiatives, tens of boxes and bags of food to local pantries, hundreds of dollars worth of art supplies to community organizations and gowns to local prom dress drives! The titles she held are Miss Northern US AE 2019, Miss Congeniality (America) 2019, and now Miss World America Nation 2020, from which she will retire her crown and sash to focus full-time on her career.
   


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Click the titles to view articles. Our CEO has been spotlighted in over 50 news publications and media outlets (TV, radio, editorial) throughout her career. These are just some of the most prominent features. Forbes Journal (Front Page) Yahoo! Finance New York Times Daily Cover Story The Washington Mail TIME Magazine Paris  E! News Sri Lanka Billboard Hip Hop Disrupt Magazine FOX NBC The Cover of The Los Angeles Tribune Pioneer Daily The Cover of Easy Business Tips Digital Journal Channel 2 MarketWatch Cover of Billionaire's Diary (twice, now defunct) Sweet Startups The Cover of  Humour & Style A Valid Review Bronze Magazine Voyage Chicago Right On! Magazine The Cover of The Every Lady iHeart Radio (2017 and 2018) Windy City Underground (starts at -09:33) Nancy Liles Business and Beauty Podcast Fail Faster Podcast   Tha Daily Hustle Show with Ron Robinson ( featured on both his radio show and his web series)

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Calynn Communications & Creative is an online advertising firm that offers a variety of multi-award winning marketing, editorial, and media services. This firm was founded in 2020 by Calynn M. Lawrence , a seventeen-time award-winning entrepreneur in the fashion, arts and entertainment industry, as a means to combine and expand all of her endeavors into one conglomerate corporation. Some of the companies we've done work for are All My Friends Are Models , Nordstrom , Neiman Marcus , The Society Fashion Week , Latino Fashion Week , Black Fashion Week ,  Chick-fil-A , Bach To Rock , Venta USA , Memento Vivere Entertainment , Urban Grind TV ,  Sweet Startups ,   YLCT Foundation , True Elegance Magazine ,   Komodo Energy Drink , Africa International House ,  CAN TV   and Demand Development . A minimum of 10% of our proceeds goes  to self-funding our nonprofit initiative,  The Fresh Faces Project. Information On What Services We Offer Learn More About Our C

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