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Marcia Lazar

Marcia Lazar

Marcia Lazar is president of InterGroup Associates Inc., a consulting firm that provides genealogical services to the legal profession. Prior to this specialization, she followed a diverse career path. Upon receiving a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin, she entered the fields of advertising and marketing where she focused on business-to-business communications. In 1988, she became one of Chicago's first management consultants to specialize in the field of corporate culture and workforce diversity. In this capacity, she was affiliated with Loyola University Chicago, Executive Education Programs; the State of Illinois Small Business 100; and the Institute for American Pluralism. She has been a guest lecturer and has written extensively on the subjects of cultural diversity and organizational culture. Also a fiction writer, her short stories have appeared in publications such as The North Atlantic Review..

Ms. Lazar's affiliation with Columbia College Chicago is also diverse. Prior to joining the board of trustees, she was instrumental in the founding of the President's Club, the college's major donor organization, and serves as its chair. She also founded the advisory council for the Dance Center. Lazar received her MFA in creative writing from Columbia College in the spring of 2003. She currently serves as the chair of the Institutional Advancement Committee.

She has an extensive background in many cultural, community, and professional organizations. Among them: American Jewish Committee, member of the national board of governors and president of the Chicago chapter; American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, vice president of development and vice president of legislative affairs; Illinois Ethnic Coalition, president; Workforce Diversity Committee of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, chair; Dance for Life Chicago, co-chair; and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, president and gala co-chair.

She is married to Alan O. Amos, an attorney, and resides in Chicago.