Meet the team

We are the former Director and Assistant Director of the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership at International House U.C. Berkeley.

BridgeLabs is a partnership between longtime associates, Lauren Moloney-Egnatios, M.A., and Jason D. Patent, Ph.D. Since they started working together at U.C. Berkeley in 2016, they have been driven by one thing: a shared passion for equipping leaders and students with skills for building a more inclusive world. They partner with a diverse global team of subject matter experts.

With decades of experience living, learning, and working abroad, along with their leadership experience in the workplace and classroom, they've delivered skills-focused workshops, leadership retreats, and keynote addresses to over 3.000 professionals and students from 40+ countries and six continents.

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Lauren Moloney-Egnatios, M.A.

is an Organizational Development Strategist, Consultant, and Global DEI/intercultural communication facilitator. She works with organizations across the U.S. and abroad to promote better understanding, collaboration, and leadership across differences so that more people experience belonging and success in the workplace and beyond.

Lauren brings 15 years of experience in the fields of Organizational Development and Intercultural Communication as an adult-learning designer and facilitator, organizational development consultant, learning and development manager, and intercultural leadership educator. Prior to starting her business, she served as the Director of the Center for Global Competence Education with AFS International, and as Assistant Director of the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership at U.C. Berkeley’s International House, where her leadership, in partnership with Jason’s, helped grow the social enterprise into a premier intercultural and global DEI training and consulting organization, designing and facilitating custom intercultural leadership programs across industries and sectors for U.S. and global customers.

She has lived, worked, and led teams across the U.S. and abroad: primarily in Spain where she lived for four years, and gained fluency in the Spanish language; and also in Lebanon (one of her heritage countries) where she gained conversational Arabic skills, Morocco, Costa Rica, and the Netherlands.
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Lauren was awarded her M.A. in International Communications from the School of International Service at American University in Washington D.C., and a B.A. in Organizational Development and Spanish from the University of Michigan.
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Fluent in Mandarin, Jason has a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard University, an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Stanford University, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from U.C. Berkeley.
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Jason D. Patent, Ph.D.

is an organizational leader, speaker, consultant, author, thought leader, instructor, and workshop facilitator in the fields of global leadership and global diversity, equity, and inclusion. He loves partnering with organizations of all kinds to create thriving workplaces and classrooms where people feel they truly belong, and where they can unleash their full talents. He explores all of these themes in his new book, Humanly Possible: A New Model of Leadership for a More Inclusive World.

In his seven years as Director of the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) at U.C. Berkeley’s International House, Jason, in partnership with Lauren and the CIL team, built out a suite of impactful workshops and courses for leaders and students from all six continents, and for organizations from local nonprofits and governments, to top universities, to Fortune 100 companies.

Jason has served as American Co-Director of the Hopkins–Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China; Inaugural Director of the Stanford Program in Beijing; Consultant at Gap International; and Vice President, Communications & Marketing at Orchestrall, Inc.

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