Founder & CEO, InclusionVentures
Amy Lazarus is the founder and CEO of InclusionVentures, LLC, making welcoming and effective spaces the norm in workplaces and communities toward faster systems change. Amy served as Executive Director at the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue for the past five years, first as the inaugural ED for the Campus Network and then for the Institute. Under her tenure, programs grew from serving 11 to 45 college campuses in the United States, Latin America, and Africa; expanded into workplaces focused on talent development, inclusion, and leadership; and earned revenue increased from 6% to 33%. Amy also founded PULSE, a neuroscience-based leadership retreat to catalyze inclusive talent.
Amy was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, earned an M.S. in Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz School, and founded Common Ground at Duke University. She is the Curator for the World Economic Forum Global Shaper DC Hub and is a recipient of USA Network’s Characters Unite Award, Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders, Facing History’s Upstander Award, the American Express NGen Leadership Fellowship, and was the youngest person inducted into her high school’s alumni hall of fame. 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. From Shaker Heights, Ohio, Amy lives in Washington, DC and serves on the boards of Coro National and Operation Understanding DC. She is certified in administering the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and the DiSC profile. Amy practices tai chi and has sung back up for Aretha Franklin.