Malia Lazu is a powerful culture creator and strategist whose instinct & clarity have changed cities, institutions & organizations throughout the US and abroad for over 20 years.
Having started her first cultural endeavor at age 19 -
in which she was credited with forever changing the voting landscape in Boston -
Malia has been using strategy & the connective tissue of community networks
to build diversity in authentic ways and creating consistent impact.
Interactive conference builds connections
By Karen Morales of the Bay State Banner
Inspired by interactive experiences such as black church services, a new kind of speaking conference, Inter(x),
debuted at Boston’s HUBweek. The annual week-long ideas festival billed as
a convergence of science, art and technology ran Oct. 8–14.
Created by The Urban Labs, a Boston-based consultant for diversifying company talent,
Inter(x) is an interactive presentation style with diverse speakers sharing unique perspectives in new ways.
It is co-produced by novelist Walter Mosley.
The theme for the Inter(x) presentations, which resembled TED Talks, was
“Make the invisible visible.”
A leading facilitator & thought leader,
Malia is highlighting the value of & facilitating inclusion in business, civic engagement,
& a number of other areas in Greater Boston.
(HW): What first inspired you to create Epicenter Community?
What influence does this have over your direction and passion today?
(ML): I love the city of Boston & don’t think we are living out our full potential.
Boston is in the midst of redefining itself, it important to include diverse culture in this conversation.
There are so many amazing things happening throughout this city
& yet only a few neighborhoods are celebrated.
I am passionate about building a city where all residents
want to contribute something of value to society.
By: Fairvote Staff
"During much of 2004, Malia left the IPS staff to serve as the
National Field Coordinator for Young Voters Alliance.
She campaigned to increase voter participation among young
Americans in Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin and New Mexico.
Prior to working for Young Voters Alliance, Malia was a youth coordinator for the
Democracy Action Project. In addition to her youth work in 2004,
Malia was a participant in the Showtime Original Series, American Candidate.
Malia mounted a presidential campaign for herself & finished second in the national call-in vote tally."
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