Amy Lazarus is the founder and CEO of 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 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, the Heising-Simons Foundation, and the Kendeda Fund.
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%, quadrupling the number of organizations served, and 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 degree from Duke University and a master’s degree in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz School. Recipient of numerous awards for diversity and social justice, Amy is a 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 San Francisco, practices tai chi, and has sung backup for Aretha Franklin.