Meet the Team


Lydia Lazar — Founder/President

Lydia Lazar is a strategist, educator, and author. In the course of her career she has worked with senior leadership at environmental nonprofits, NYC’s municipal government, a global corporation and both a law school and a public policy graduate program. She earned international affairs, geography and law degrees, and has never stopped searching for new ideas and connections to inspire her own progress in life.

She has published a career guidance book in both English and Chinese/English editions — Dean Lazar's Golden Guide: Pragmatic Career Advice for Smart Young People — and she shares her experiences and life lessons for students in speaking engagements on campuses across the country. For more information about Lydia Lazar, please see

Former associate dean for recruitment and career services at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, and previously, dean of international law and policy overseeing international graduate student admissions (LL.M) at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Ms. Lazar holds an AB degree in government/international relations from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree in geography from Columbia University with a focus on urban hydrology, and a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Ms. Lazar is active/admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois. Earlier in her career, Ms. Lazar worked as an executive reporting to the President of Waste Management International, and as chief of staff to the CEO of the Division of Public Services in the Department of General Services of the City of New York.

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