Bendita Cynthia Malakia leads Hogan Lovells’ global diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEI) efforts with the aim of ensuring that historically underrepresented professionals can thrive. Bendita serves as architect and executor of the firm’s D&I strategy in partnership with firm leadership and a global team of 11 DEI professionals, for the benefit of the firm’s people, its culture, and clients. Bendita has the pleasure of being a catalyst for underrepresented colleagues to be their authentic selves in the workplace and for others to invest in them, and working across difference to create community by building systems, inspiring investment, and cultivating connections. With a people-centric, metrics-driven approach, Bendita also leverages her DEI, leadership development, and executive coaching capabilities to help clients achieve their DEI ambitions. Bendita draws on her prior experiences as a large law firm lawyer financing projects in emerging markets, in-house counsel at two global financial institutions, a diversity consultant for large and mid-size organizations, and a certified professional coach to cultivate change institutionally and individually. Bendita’s thought leadership and advocacy extend to being a prolific writer and speaker on DEI in the workplace, with specialized capabilities in intersectionality and LGBT+ issues. She is Treasurer of the National LGBT Bar Association, and contributes to the development of DEI more broadly through initiatives bringing metrics and accountability globally. Bendita serves on the editorial board of Modern Lawyer, a legal innovation journal, and also writes a regular column in that journal on diversity innovation called “First Things First.” Bendita graduated from Harvard Law School and Barnard College. She is a visionary Capricorn who has drunk her own Kool-Aid.