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A former top executive at Berkshire Bank who left in the wake of former CEO Richard Marotta’s sudden departure this summer has landed at MIT’s Sloane School of Management.

Malia Lazu was Berkshire’s Eastern Massachusetts market president and its chief experience and culture officer. Berkshire has said it plans to continue efforts, begun by Lazu, to reform the bank’s internal culture. While at the bank, Lazu also raised the profile of efforts to grow the bank’s presence and market share in Massachusetts communities of color.

At MIT, Lazu will be a lecturer on topics related to building inclusive companies and economies. Her first project will be leading “community conversations” about how to make the economy more inclusive, the school said in its announcement, with a goal of highlighting efforts “on the leading edge of cultural change,” beginning in October.

“This is an opportunity to dive deep into different ways of thinking about innovation and inclusion and injecting hard problems related to systemic and institutional racism and sexism into this ecosystem to find solutions,” Lazu said in a statement. “Every conversation will be a catalyst for innovation and inclusion to take root.”

Berkshire Ex-EVP Lands at MIT

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