Bendita Cynthia Malakia is Senior Inclusion Manager at Hogan Lovells. Her vision is to transform the legal profession into an inclusive industry where women, minorities, LGBT+, differently-abled and other professionals are able to thrive. She works with Leslie Richards-Yellen, the Director of Inclusion-Americas, and the Americas Inclusion team to create and implement the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy, integrate diversity into all aspects of the firm, and to leverage diversity and inclusion for the benefit of our clients, our diverse lawyers and business services professionals and our culture. Bendita works to create meaningful opportunities for our diverse lawyers to develop and advance, senior management to learn and be catalysts for diverse and inclusion, and for our clients to engage in the firm in mutually beneficial partnerships that center diversity and inclusion.
Bendita practiced law for nearly a decade and draws on her experiences as a large law firm lawyer financing projects in emerging markets, in-house counsel at International Finance Corporation and Goldman Sachs, a diversity consultant for large and mid-size organizations, and a certified professional coach to catalyze change in institutions and individuals. Bendita was honored as 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.
Bendita invests in increasing inclusivity in the legal profession through service as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the National LGBT Bar, as a member of the Institute for Inclusion in Legal Profession’s Social Impact Incubator, and as part of the national Mansfield Rule Taskforce, implementing the transforming diversity rule in the legal industry. 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. You can connect with Bendita at her LinkedIn.
Term: 2019 – 2021