Loán (pronounced Lo-An) Lake is a communications professional and published author who enjoys bringing the stories and accomplishments of others to life. Specializing in feature writing, public relations and multicultural branding, Lake’s recent work has focused on economic mobility and the arts sector. 

Throughout her career she has worked with Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and Congress. 

Originally from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Lake understands the importance of inclusive and diverse communications that create powerful narratives. She is the author of a profile series, “Jewels of the Virgin Isles,” that featured professionals in the U.S. Virgin Islands diaspora. 

Lake is a 2009 inductee into the Temple University Gallery of Success. She holds a master’s in tourism and hospitality management from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park. She resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband.

All Stories by Loán Lake

March 16, 2021

Vaccine wariness among Blacks fueled by history, bias

Many in the Black community are hesitant to get a Covid-19 vaccine due to implicit bias and the history of unethical medical research practiced on Black people — most notably the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.

February 26, 2021

Paid leave for parents? The U.S. is far from No. 1

In a 2018 survey of 41 nations, the U.S. was the only country that did not mandate national paid leave for all new parents, though benefits were extended to federal employees in 2019.

January 26, 2021

Surviving the pain and trauma of early pregnancy loss

Families often grieve in isolation to avoid uncomfortable conversations. Professionals like doulas help parents cope during such difficult times.

January 10, 2021

Inch by inch, protection for natural hair grows

Five states pass laws barring discrimination and, with passage in U.S. House, the CROWN Act advances one step closer to becoming federal law.