Lauren Maillian is a change agent committed to diversity, innovation, equity, and inclusion as well as an award-winning marketer, prolific investor, advisor, entrepreneur, and board member with a multi-hyphenate career spanning over 15 years. Lauren is the CEO of digitalundivided, the leading nonprofit leveraging data, programs, and advocacy to catalyze economic growth for Black and Latinx women entrepreneurs and innovators. The former Board Chair of digitalundivided, Lauren took the helm to evolve and grow the organization to further support women of color entrepreneurs.
Bilingual in Spanish, Lauren continues to expand the reach of the organization’s mission and programs across the United States and its territories. Lauren advised and invested in over 40 startups and her portfolio represents over $5 billion in market capitalization. She is a Senior Advisor for Pipeline Angels and an Investor and Advisor for Athena Consumer Acquisition Corp, the second all-women Athena SPAC, trading on the NYSE.
Lauren served on Walmart’s Board of Disruptors and Innovation Council and on the Board of Directors for technology company CoSign and the spirits brand, LIQS (which was acquired by E. & J. Gallo). She is a serial entrepreneur, and is also the Founder and CEO of LMB Group, a strategic marketing and advisory company. She also started Straight Up and Successful, a women-focused community and professional development platform. A pioneer in the tech and funding space, Lauren was the first Black woman to start an early-stage venture capital fund, as a founding partner and managing director at Gen Y Capital Partners. At 19, Lauren became the youngest winery owner in the country, co-founding the internationally recognized Sugarleaf Vineyards.