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.
Back in August 2019, I encouraged board of directors to have the courage to shake up the status quo and hire an organizational leader who would be a bold, capable – albeit non traditional – choice. I specifically talked about Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who would have been the first woman and non-American head of the World Bank. Ms. Okonjo-Iweala was passed up for the position for a more traditional choice, David Malpass.
I am happy to report that, in 2021, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been chosen to lead the World Trade Organization (WTO). The WTO has the responsibility of ensuring that international trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible. The WTO can settle disputes and reduce trade tensions, cut the cost of doing business internationally, and stimulate economic growth. Dr. Okonjo-Iweala is the first African and first Woman to head the WTO. While it is exciting to see Dr. Okonjo-Iweala make history in 2021, it is troubling that she has been asked to lead an organization that is currently in disarray. Specifically, the WTO has been criticized for its lack of intervention in economic offenses of China and the United States. Too often, an organization will hire a person of color or a woman when an organization is beleaguered – creating a sink or swim environment for the marginalized person to fix the mess. Organizations should be encouraged to hire a person of color or woman when the organization is at its height, not only when it’s at its lowest.
What does this mean for your organization’s leadership? As you look to replace your former leader, look to untraditional candidates. Look to candidates who will bring new life and perspective to your organization. Look for candidates of color and female candidates not only when the organization is in trouble, but also when everything is going well. Bringing in nontraditional talent may be the energy your organization needs to reach the next level of success.
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