Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month : Emily Griffith Technical College

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Lulu Lantzy, her role and connection to Emily’s mission

Lulu started at Emily Griffith at the beginning of the pandemic, a fact that has contributed to her vision for her role as the College’s Director of Innovation and Partnerships.

“The pandemic created major career shifts for a lot of people and is accelerating a change in  the way we think about the ‘traditional pathway to success’.  Emily Griffith has a huge role in providing future-forward pathways into high demand, pandemic proof industries.  The current need to expand and diversify the talent pool is tremendous.  We are in an employment pandemic and there are so many incredible opportunities for all who wish to learn.  We have the opportunity to create major impact for both our students and industry partners”.

With increasing demands in healthcare, the Emily Griffith and Denver Health partnership launched to provide opportunities for health sciences grads (CNAs, MAs, LPNs etc).  Additionally, Emily Griffith Culinary Arts and Culinary Quick Start graduates are powering the new Outpatient Medical Center (OMC) Café on the DHHA campus.

The college is also focused on pathways in construction and technology.  Lulu is working with the team on the evolution of the Virtual Design and Construction Academy (launching fall 2022), a partnership with Emily Griffith, DPS, Encore Electric and Associated General Contractors, which offers students a pathway to virtual design and construction careers using cutting-edge technology.

Lulu immigrated to the United States from China as a child.  Through first hand experiences as a first generation immigrant, she felt immediately drawn to Emily Griffith and the College’s work with refugees and immigrants. 

“My parents left everything behind to build a new world, their own American dream.  I watched and lived their journey adjusting to a new world: the excitement, challenges, growth and sacrifice that came with it” she said.  “It’s an honor to be a part of the team passionately working to make an impact in the lives of those we serve and to be a part of Emily Griffith’s commitment to accept people as they are and assist them in becoming the best that they can be.  I look forward to continuing our mission to prepare our students for today’s workforce and tomorrow’s opportunities.”

Prior to Emily Griffith, Lulu served as the Executive Vice President of National Services Group, the largest student entrepreneurship bootcamp in the U.S., where she mentored hundreds of undergraduates through business ventures.  In 2014, Lulu created the Alumni Program for College Works, tracking down more than 40,000 program participants and creating the alumni database to help students network with industry professionals and learn about potential job opportunities after graduation. 

Lulu joined the Entrepreneur’s Organization in 2006 as the youngest member of the Philadelphia chapter and continued to be an active member of the Colorado entrepreneurial community.  She is an executive board member for ChooseLife.org, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating teen suicide.