McCord Consulting Group is a subject matter expert on diversity and inclusion issues. Meeting people where they are at, we help groups create a foundation to understand diversity, equity, and inclusion. This comprehension demonstrates to current and future employees, customers, and stakeholders the purpose and overall intention of diversity as it relates to a distinct organizational culture.
We bring enthusiasm, emotional safety, and structure to meetings – giving groups permission to execute bold ideas to change communities and the world. Using innovative problem solving techniques, McCord Consulting Group guides teams to prioritize the most impactful actions and sets them on a path to immediate implementation the moment the facilitated session is complete.
Tailored to the needs of the individual organization, McCord Consulting Group leads Board of Directors through their roles and responsibilities as they relate to both the mission of the organization and the job of the CEO. Incorporating diversity and inclusion into all training reinforces its importance in sustaining innovative and relevant institutions.
McCord Consulting Group principals have been in the governmental affairs, business consulting, and board development fields since 2004.
With a notable career in the legislative field, some highlights for the MCG team include:
Additionally, the team has worked on educational and labor policy at the Colorado General Assembly, bringing a unique expertise and proven lobbying style to the West.
The team has consulted with organizations looking to implement organizational change from board of director engagement to recruitment of minority employees and board directors that is culturally competent and supportive.
MCG’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The University of Notre Dame and a Masters of Public Policy from Michigan State University.
Ms. McCord’s civic and professional board participation includes the Boulder Housing Partners Board, the Community Affairs Council of the Boulder Chamber, and the Boulder Philharmonic. Ms. McCord is the past President of the Notre Dame Club of Denver and she is the Diversity Council Region West Director for the University of Notre Dame. She has been named a Boulder ‘Young Pro to Know’ by the Boulder Chamber of Commerce.
Last month, the city where my business is based, the city that I call home, Boulder, Colorado joined a long list of other U.S. cities that have experienced a mass shooting. The victims, Denny Stong, Neven Stanisic, Rikki Olds, Tralona Bartkowiak, Suzanne Fountain, Teri Leiker, Eric Talley, Kevin Mahoney, Lynn Murray, and Jody Waters were my community members. I’ve spent the last days texting and talking to neighbors, checking in on their well-being, mourning. At this early stage, it’s hard to understand what we become as a community after experiencing this tragedy. Our hope lies in our community’s doubled efforts to address the issues of mental health support and gun control.
Three years ago I encouraged organizations to advocate for their interests and their constituents. As my community begins to pick up the pieces, we are wondering what we should do. Who should advocate for stricter gun control and more mental health support to prevent another devastating loss in our community and others? While there has been a lot of individual, grassroots advocacy, there is also a need for organizations to advocate.
All organizations, even those tangentially connected to major issue topics, should look for intersections and lend their support in advocacy. What interest do retailers have with mental health support and gun control? By supporting these measures, retailers can see cost savings by not having to hire armed guards to protect shoppers. What interest does a homeless shelter have with mental health support and gun control? By supporting these measures, a homeless shelter no longer has to fundraise for mental health support or, alternatively, drop mental health support from its offerings due to costs.
It is your responsibility as an organization to advocate for your business interests and for the interests of your constituents. As my community continues to advocate for comprehensive gun control and mental health support, I strongly urge your organization to find the connection points between your mission, mental health support, and gun control, and join this fight!
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