Amy Lazarus


Founder + CEO

Amy Lazarus is the Founder and CEO InclusionVentures. InclusionVentures helps organizations bring out the best in their people so that, together, they can bring their world-changing ideas to life. Helping organizations make good on their promise of diversity, inclusion, and equity, InclusionVentures decreases bias and enhances inclusion through 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 helping companies make their products and research processes more inclusive.

Select clients include: Salesforce, Twitter, Pandora, OpenTable, Deloitte, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Arabella Advisors, Stanford's Design School, The Bridgespan Group, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, the Fetzer Institute, the James Irvine Foundation, Center for Effective Philanthropy, the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, and numerous household-name global companies. Other speaking engagements include The White House, Clinton Global Initiative University, the World Economic Forum in Davos, and TEDx.

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, founding PULSE - a neuroscience based leadership retreat to catalyze inclusive talent and establish an employer-ready pipeline to infuse the same principles into organization culture.

Amy holds a bachelor's from Duke University and a Masters in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon's Heinz School. Amy is cited in Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Washington Post, Barrett Seaman’s Binge: What Your College Student Won’t Tell You, Robert Thompson’s Beyond Reason and Tolerance: The Promise and Practice of Higher Education, and Adam Smiley Poswolsky’s The Breakthrough Speaker, and wrote a chapter in Dialogue Theories Volume II. Recipient of numerous awards for diversity and social justice, Amy is World Economic Forum Global Shaper, TEDx speaker, and serves on the boards of Coro National and the Harwood Institute of Public Innovators. Amy lives in Oakland, California; practices tai chi; and has sung backup for Aretha Franklin.