Bendita Cynthia Malakia is an inclusive leadership professional, lawyer and certified professional coach, currently serving as Inclusion Manager – Americas at the international law firm of Hogan Lovells. In her role, Bendita focuses on integrating diversity and inclusion into the architecture, processes and programs at the firm, investing in high potential diverse attorneys, creating a culture of inclusion, and prosecuting the business case for diversity by advising leadership on leveraging diversity as a business asset.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells in August 2017, Bendita was a diversity and inclusion consultant serving Fortune 500 organizations, AmLaw 100 law firms & national non-profits by developing and executing national diversity & inclusion strategy and supporting initiatives spanning recruiting, retention, development, supplier initiatives, culture, community and evaluation. In addition to consulting, Bendita is a professional coach that has worked with general counsel and other in-house attorneys, partners and other practitioners, and law students spanning industries and practice settings.

Bendita also spent many years practicing international project finance law at Norton Rose Fulbright (formerly Fulbright & Jaworski LLP), and served as Counsel at International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) and as Vice President & Assistant General Counsel at Goldman Sachs. Bendita has received accolades for her legal acumen, including being named a 2015 Rising Star by Super Lawyers, to Who’s Who Legal – Project Finance in Washington, DC for 2015, and to Who’s Who in Black Dallas in 2016 and 2017.

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the National LGBT Bar, Bendita is a member of the Institute for Inclusion in Legal Profession’s Social Impact Incubator, and is on the executive committee of the N.E.W. Roundtable, a networking organization for Black women lawyers in North Texas. She previously spent nearly a decade as a member of the Board of Directors of the Harvard Real Estate Academic Initiative. Bendita is a proud graduate of Barnard College and Harvard Law School. She enjoys connection, the idea of spiritual dance, international spacations, Toni Morrison, real estate development and breakfast parties.

Term: 2019 – 2021