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.”
“As a mutual bank, providing fairly priced financial services to organizations & people
in our market area has been a guiding purpose since our founding 200 years ago,”
said Bob Rivers, Chair & CEO of Eastern Bank.
“Aligning community challenges & interests to Eastern’s core
banking products & philanthropic & advocacy efforts has long been our approach--
one we think is both ‘right’ and ‘smart’—and we are so pleased to welcome
Steve, Mitzi, Rebecca, Herby, Malia, & Jody to our Board.
They are thoughtful leaders, & we look forward to their insights in areas that include
real estate & economic development, community lending, support of minority-owned
businesses, innovation & start-ups, & the advancement of women & diverse communities.”
Partners with Urban Labs to develop Diversity & Inclusion Programming as Part of Positive Culture & Expands Analytic Capabilities
One such expert program partner is Urban Labs, an organization which works with businesses to integrate diversity & inclusion into leadership & corporate culture.
“Urban Labs helps corporations reveal and eliminate the unconscious bias that prevents effective communication. Partnering with WeSpire to launch their Understanding Implicit Bias programs
forwards our mission of creating inclusive workplace cultures,”
said Malia Lazu, Executive Director of Urban Labs.
“Both Assemble and #AccelerateBOS were designed for the creatives in Boston,”
said Malia Lazu, strategic director, Transformative Culture Project
& former executive director of Epicenter Community.
“Joining forces allows us to build a cultural economic pipeline from classrooms to the creative economy.”
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: S. I. Rosenbaum : Published in Boston Magazine
Malia Lazu grew up in Hawaii, an ideal place to be a mixed-race kid:
People of color make up 75 percent of the population there.
Lazu compares the culture of her childhood to the ubiquitous Hawaiian “plate lunch,”
where Korean, native Hawaiian, Portuguese, & Japanese food might share a single plate.
When she arrived in Boston, she found that “everything is so much more black and white,”
“It’s the culture. Everything is compartmentalized.”
"WHAT THE MIND CAN DO! #STCRS"
Written by: Jessica Chance | Published by Stage Source
"They help us escape real life at times.
But right under our noses, great theatre is happening
& does so much to educate us about different cultures and our own communities.
“Create the Vote”,* presented by
Matthew Wilson of MassCreative & Malia Lazu of the Future Boston Alliance,
is an initiative to include arts and culture in the next mayoral discussion."
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