Lawrence E. Adjah is an entrepreneur and community builder dedicated to creating content, community and conversation that unites, heals and transforms lives.
He’s the Founder and Chair of Family Dinner Foundation, an international, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to connect the world as a family at and beyond the dinner table. Compelled the growing epidemic of loneliness and isolation, the foundation launched its first initiative, Our Family Dinner in 2008, focused on improving the well-being of individuals by facilitating family inspired citywide and neighborhood-based dinners in major cities all over the world. The tradition now reaches nearly 30,000 adults and young adults across 30 cities, 3 continents and growing.
Lawrence began his career as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company in its New York office, helping to serve some of the world’s largest professional sports organizations and media companies including the NFL. Prior to joining McKinsey, he was a nationally ranked track and field competitor through college, where he entered as a National Champion & HS All-American. After McKinsey, Lawrence served as the Senior Director of Business Development at a premiere sports and entertainment marketing agency in New York. He later became a direct advisor to some of the world’s leading media & entertainment companies through his own advisory consulting firm. He’s worked with film studios and exhibitioners, including Universal Pictures, The Weinstein Company, Relativity Media and AMC Theatres to lead community-building activations on feature films, most recently for Beyond the Lights, The Best Man Holiday and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Lawrence most recently served as the Director of Community Life at Renaissance Church NYC, a non-denominational multicultural Harlem-based church plant and ministry. He currently serves as a member of its Management Team. Lawrence serves as an Advisory Board Member and Former President of the Board of Directors for The Harvard Black Alumni Society (HBAS), the alumni organization for African-American graduates of all Harvard schools. Lawrence also serves on the Board of Directors for the Urbanworld Film Festival.
Lawrence holds a B.A., from Harvard University, an M.Ed from The University of Texas at Austin with distinction and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He’s currently pursuing his Masters of Divinity (M.Div) at Gordon- Conwell Theological Seminary.
Lawrence Ekwang Adjah was born on January 10, 1984 in Flatbush Brooklyn, New York, to Lawrence and Cornelia Adjah, both Nigerian immigrants. He was the third born of four, and was raised alongside his three sisters. His family later moved to Piscataway, NJ where he was raised and attended high school.