Camera Ready & Abel

How to Build with Lauren Maillian

June 21, 2022

To build means to make, by putting together parts and materials. It's a powerful, positive, active verb. This episode of Camera Ready & Abel is a master class in How to Build with brand strategist, change agent, marketing maverick and investor, Lauren Maillian.

Lauren shared so much valuable information I'm going straight to the Key takeaways:

  • Learn how to thrive in uncertainty
  • Failure is always an option so you ask yourself: is it worth it even if I fail?
  • Optimize your talent
  • Understand both how you work (skillset) and what you do (areas of expertise) because skills are transferable
  • Develop the ability to observe
  • Strive to work in your zone of genius
  • Be clear on what motivates you as well as your team and the people around you.
  • Look at systems - change and transformation require a multi-prong model
  • Data is an equalizer - learn to read and decipher data + how to storytell around data. 

Lauren has advised and invested in over 40 startups and her portfolio represents over $5 billion in market capitalization. Since 2020, Lauren has been the CEO of digitalundivided, the leading nonprofit leveraging data programs and advocacy to catalyze economic growth for black and Latin X women, entrepreneurs and innovators with the mission to create a greater world in which all women of color own their work and worth.

Learn more about Lauren’s work at and sign up for her bi-weekly newsletter where Lauren shares her insights and opinions on all things diversity, equity, inclusion, innovation and why storytelling matters.

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