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Adrienne
Jenell
Lawrence

Adjunct Instructor
Academic Program Affiliation: 
(424) 245-5899
Woman in a deep yellow blazer stares directly at us with her arms crossed.
Expertise: 
Diversity and Inclusion, Gender and Sexuality, Leadership, Policy and Law, Race and Ethnicity, Social Justice

Adrienne
Jenell
Lawrence

Adjunct Instructor
(424) 245-5899
Academic Program Affiliation: 

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As an award-winning journalist and devoted inclusion advocate, Adrienne Lawrence is committed to doing more than just talk. The former “big law” litigator fuels thought-provoking conversation among individuals of all walks of life, imparting knowledge and offering insight on legal issues and matters impacting marginalized groups.

Lawrence has been recognized in Forbes for her work as a VP and senior consultant at Jennifer Brown Consulting, where she reaches professionals through impactful dialogue that focuses on enhancing inclusion in the workforce. In addition to coaching executives and delivering memorable keynote speeches, Lawrence regularly teaches at NASA, Toyota Motor Company, the American Red Cross and the like. 

After becoming the first on-air personality to sue ESPN for gender discrimination in 2018, Lawrence wrote a first-of-its-kind business book in 2020 titled “Staying in the Game: The Playbook for Beating Workplace Sexual Harassment,” which won several awards and was heralded as a “must-read” for every woman in the workplace (Penguin Random House, 2020). 

When not addressing parity issues in workplaces, Adrienne shares her insight with media outlets as an award-winning legal commentator. Her voice has been heard on platforms like NPR and Wharton Business Radio, and her words featured in outlets such as Harvard Business Review and The Washington Post.

In addition to being a member of the state bars in California (inactive) and Maryland, Lawrence holds an MA from USC, a JD from The George Washington University Law School, an MA from CUNY-John Jay College and a BS from Cal State Sacramento.

At USC Annenberg, Lawrence teaches media law as an adjunct professor.