Meet Our Visionaries Awards Honoree: Michael Lawson



Join us on October 13th to celebrate Michael Lawson at our virtual Visionaries Awards


Michael Lawson has been the President and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League for the past three years. The Los Angeles Urban League's mission is “To help African Americans and others in underserved communities achieve their highest true social parity, economic self-reliance, power, and civil rights.”


When we interviewed Michael he told us that 40% of Black and Brown businesses failed during the pandemic.

"We are the first responders. We are the essential workers. We are the people with small kids and elderly in our household, yet we have to go out and work."

When asked how The Los Angeles Urban League is planning to build a better future for these communities he put it simply,

"We're going to rebuild Black Wall Street."

Michael has had an extensive and impressive career, which has prepared him for this ambitious task. In 2013, President Obama nominated Michael Lawson to be the US Representative to the 36-member Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a UN specialized agency. Prior to that, he served as a Partner at the prestigious international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom LLP. Chambers USA consistently recognized Mr. Lawson as one of America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Mr. Lawson has served on a number of boards throughout his career, and he attended both Harvard Law School and Loyola Marymount University.


When we asked Michael how he feels about receiving SCLN's Visionaries Award he told us, "I don't feel I deserve it, there is so much work to be done," but we know that Mr. Lawson is so deserving of this award for his leadership in promoting economic empowerment through education and job training, housing and community development, workforce development, entrepreneurship, health, and quality of life for underserved communities.


Join us at Visionaries Awards on October 13th, where you will hear from Michael and our other honorees about their leadership journeys, and connect with SCLN alumni and partners. By attending the Visionaries Awards, you are helping to advance SCLN’s mission and contributing to scholarships for under-represented emerging leaders. You’ll make a difference and help leaders gain the skills, knowledge, and network they need to be the kind of civic professionals who drive change in their communities.







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