The Lazu Group has four unique offerings to help you future proof your company regardless of the size or effort. The work with our clients we help lead in DEIB helps us create cutting edge in person and digital experiences that will keep help your company move from intention to impact.
Malia Lazu, an award winning, tenured strategist in diversity & inclusion has sparked deep economic development and investment in urban entrepreneurship for over twenty years. In her most recent role as EVP and Regional President at Berkshire Bank, Malia worked to generate wealth for communities by expanding access to capital and spurring economic growth —especially in communities of color that have traditionally been left behind.
During her time at Berkshire, Malia evolved the $13 billion bank’s strategic focus beyond traditional community banking services to prioritize tangible community impact. She helped to diversify the board of directors; developed a suite of financial products and programs that support entrepreneurs of color; and launched ReevX Labs, a collaborative workspace and innovation hub for the urban start-up community.
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Learning how to lead is challenging in today’s rapid-change environment, especially as one gets closer to the top of an organization.Top of the list for leadership challenges: having the right mix of talent with varied lived and learned experiences to innovate and tap new markets. An award-winning and tenured DEI expert, Malia Lazu offers unique and supportive coaching that enables leaders to navigate DEI with confidence. Drawing on her own background, including as a senior executive in the financial services industry, Malia also offers support and insight to help executives of color and from underrepresented backgrounds to thrive.
Malia Lazu’s background in DEI and business is unique any other. Her roots are in community organizing, ensuring that the voices of people closest to the problem are the ones that are heard. Today, she is an award-winning speaker and lecturer at MIT and, as an expert in DEI, works with leading organizations on their most urgent talent and culture needs. A compelling storyteller who has been on the front lines of struggle and change, Malia is a truth teller–even when it’s hard. Today, she speaks and educates organizations on the need for DEI that goes beyond lip service–and helps build a meaningful and inclusive community.
The Urban Labs: Working with companies to develop bespoke solutions to DEI efforts. Innovating solutions and building DEI that has a lasting impact and measurable value can be a big ask, as organizations strive to “future-proof” themselves with the right mix of talent–while facing internal and external pressures, both economic and political. As consultants and trusted advisors, Malia Lazu and her team build and support DEI initiatives that foster an inclusive community for employees and create a workplace that values all employees and stakeholders.
Times are changing–and so are the tools organizations need to navigate, understand, and communicate. This is especially important to reach, embrace, and align a diverse workforce with a rich variety of learned and lived experiences. The Lazu Group offers a Digital Toolkit that can help:
- CULTURL Calendar that offers education, insights, and communication tips on holidays, cultural heritage months, celebrations, and commemorations across multiple cultures–encouraging curiosity and respect.
- Video series provides a fast, but impactful immersion into some of the most pressing issues facing organizations today–including the need to move from “Bias to Belonging” to what it means to “Future-Proof” for tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities.
Inform and empower your communication and connection with the CULTURL Heritage Calendar. Offering insights and perspectives on more than 80+ holidays across a spectrum of cultures and communities.
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