Lauren Williams-Batiste
Founder & CEO, Self employed
Lauren Williams-Batiste is living by her personal motto, “Here for others. True to self,” and she thrives at the intersection of family, community and entrepreneurship. She has over ten years of experience working with key constituency groups, grassroots and national organizations, as well as reproductive justice, rights and health coalitions & organizations throughout the country. In her most recent role as a Regional Organizing Director during the 2020 election cycle, she executed the field strategy in Shelby County, TN and maximized the campaign’s outreach to key constituency groups. She previously served as a Project Coordinator for Healthy and Free Tennessee. She coordinated the coalition's regional work with the Southeastern Alliance for Reproductive Equity, whose goal is to build a diversified and unified movement in the Southeast for full and equal access to reproductive rights, information and services. Her primary responsibilities involved assessing overlap and opportunities for synergy with existing Reproductive Rights, Health & Justice cohorts while overseeing the creation of a mapping and survey tool to assess the number, scope and leadership of regional organizations to better identify their training and capacity needs. Based in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, Lauren followed in her great-grandmother’s footsteps by starting her own business Elle’s Elixirs. A wellness brand that celebrates women by curating handcrafted herbal tea, bath & hemp products. Lauren earned her Bachelor of Arts in History from the historically Black institution, Tennessee State University, after focusing on Africana and Women’s studies. She went on to earn her Master of Science in Educational Theory and Practice from Arkansas State University. She and her husband, Donald Batiste Jr., are first-time parents to their daughter, Ada Elle. Ada Elle, is also the namesake and inspiration behind her wellness brand, Elle’s Elixirs.