Amy Lazarus is the Founder and CEO of InclusionVentures. InclusionVentures creates best-in-class learning experiences to help organizations take an inclusive approach to diversity inclusion, and leadership. We focus on the workforce, work culture, and work product. Amy is a master facilitator who consults on strategy, unconscious bias, productive workplace culture, employee engagement, Millennial leadership, inclusive interview practices, and implementing theory-to- practice.
Select clients include: Deloitte, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Salesforce, Twitter, Pandora, Omidyar Network, IndieGogo, Arabella Advisors, Stanford's Design School, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, the Fetzer Institute, the James Irvine Foundation, and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation. Other speaking engagements include The White House, Clinton Global Initiative University, and the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Born and raised in a diverse community where it was “cool” to try out for the high school’s race relations dialogue group, Amy brings 20 years of experience in the diversity and inclusion field to enable people and organizations to contribute, thrive, and grow. Prior to launching InclusionVentures, Amy served as Executive Director of the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue, increasing earned revenue from 6% to 33% and quadrupling the number of organizations served. She founded PULSE, a neuroscience-based leadership retreat to catalyze inclusive talent and establish an employer-ready pipeline to infuse the same principles into organization culture. Prior to Sustained Dialogue, as part of ICF’s Diversity and Leadership Practice, Lazarus developed and delivered leadership and inclusion strategies and trainings for large organizations.
A Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, Amy earned an M.S. in Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz School, and founded the Center for Race Relations at Duke University. She has won numerous awards and is frequently cited for her impact on diversity and inclusion. She is a recipient of USA Network’s Characters Unite Award, Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders, Facing History’s Upstander Award, and the American Express NGen Leadership Fellowship. Amy is cited in Bloomberg Businessweek, The Washington Post, Barrett Seaman’s Binge: What Your College Student Won’t Tell You, and Robert Thompson’s Beyond Reason and Tolerance: The Promise and Practice of Higher Education. Amy practices tai chi and has sung back up for Aretha Franklin. From Shaker Heights, Ohio, Amy lives in Oakland, California and serves on the boards of Coro National, The Harwood Institute, and Operation Understanding DC. She is certified in administering the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and the DiSC profile.