Hi, I’m L’Oreal Thompson Payton. But you can call me LT.

I’m a Baltimore-bred, Chicago-based lifestyle writer covering the intersection of women, work and wellness.

My writing has been featured in HelloGiggles, Shine, Brit + Co, Her Agenda and Sesi, just to name a few.

In addition to being a freelance writer and blogger, I’m also the director of communications for OneGoal, a national college access and success organization.

Prior to joining OneGoal, I was the director of external affairs for Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Previously, I was the digital content editor for JET and EBONY magazines.

When I’m not busy writing — which, to be fair, isn’t often —, I enjoy reading books and magazines, trying new brunch spots and dancing to Beyoncé. Got questions or book/brunch recs? Email me at loreal@ltinthecity.com or visit my contact page.