2020 Lessons to 2021 Successes
2020 taught us a lot of lessons. But what good is a lesson if you don’t change your behavior? As we look to 2021, let’s take the lessons we have learned and apply them to future successes. Board diversity is more than hollow words During the summer of 2020, the United States had a national […]
A Well-Deserved Holiday Rest
2020 is definitely a year that will go down in history. From the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic to the reanimation of the Black Lives Matter movement in response to the police killings of unarmed Black people, this year has forced us to adapt in our practices and in our thinking. As an organization, you shifted your […]
Now that I’ve Experienced Racism, I Believe
The President of the United States contracted COVID-19 last month. After previously calling it a hoax, he now says the virus is real and people should wear masks. He was skeptical about the existence of the virus despite the smartest scientists saying it existed, despite members of Congress contracting the virus, despite millions of Americans […]
So You Want to Talk About Race
I am excited to work with the Boulder Public Library to facilitate a discussion about Ijeoma Oluo’s book, So You Want to Talk About Race. Ms. Oluo will be providing an author talk in November. My session, A Deeper Dive into Examining Questions from “So You Want to Talk About Race” will examine questions […]
Is the Window Closing on DEI Interest?
I’ve been consulting with businesses for nearly a decade on the topic of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. But, the topic has become wildly popular to a larger number of individuals in the past three months. Practitioners in this space know that the window of interest for this topic will only be open for so long […]
We’re Not Done Yet
The Montgomery Bus Boycott lasted 381 days. Black people of Montgomery, Alabama boycotted the public bus system’s segregated seating system, forcing Black people to ride at the back of the bus. For 381 days, Black people, who constituted 75% of Montgomery’s bus ridership, walked and instituted ride-share techniques (Uber’s concept isn’t anything new to Black […]
Where Do We Go From Here?
After publishing last month’s newsletter, several of you reached out to me personally, asking what you could do to dismantle systemic racism in our country. Here are two actions you can implement today: Take DEI Training Every Year Taking one training on diversity, equity, and inclusion does not make you proficient. Remember how you […]
Let’s Not Get ‘Back to Normal’
As the country opens up after being on lockdown from the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many people and businesses that are ready to get ‘back to normal’. As you take steps to reopen your organization, I challenge you to abandon the term ‘normal’ and look to ways in which you and your business will operate […]
COVID-19 Related Small Business Assistance
I am eager to resume my newsletter’s focus on workforce and board of director diversity. However, I think there is a more pressing need for information about how organizations can access resources to weather this COVID-19 storm. Please find some resources I hope will be helpful to your business during this economic downturn. Continue […]
Good Things Are Coming
In this unprecedented time of global pandemic, I wanted to take some time to provide a message of hope. There will be a lot of changes in the future. All we can hope for is that we remain nimble and creative to find ways to work differently so that we can come through this challenge. […]
Inclusivity During Cultural Heritage Celebrations
I was struck by two Facebook posts in January and February. One, celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, featured an event amplifying the voices of undocumented individuals. It was difficult to make the connection between the civil rights of African-Americans, who Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered fighting for, and the civil rights […]
Show Diversity & Inclusion the Money!
Recently, I was in a room where attendees were asked, generally, topics about which they cared. As we went around the room, decision maker after decision maker stated they cared about diversity and inclusion. If we were playing a drinking game, I would not have been able to safely drive myself home if I […]
Retreat to Move Forward
Many organizations use the month of January to welcome new board directors and look towards the year ahead. In that forward looking, the organization should also start planning for its annual retreat. The annual retreat usually takes place at the beginning of the third quarter and provides the board an opportunity to benchmark the success […]
Community Job Growth and Board Recruitment
Many cities are experiencing job growth across the country. While communities grapple with decisions on how to adapt to this growth in jobs and people, nonprofits see this growth as an opportunity to recruit diverse board representation. When people move to a new area with no established roots or networks, they seek a way to […]
Prevent a Rubber Stamping Board
Rubber stamping boards are boards that approve whatever is presented with little discussion. A rubber stamping board is a board that is not energized. Because there is a lack of energy, board directors are missing out on their opportunity to support the mission of the organization, share the purpose of the organization, and use the […]
Mandating Gender Parity on Boards
In 2018, the state of California took a bold stance. The state became the first in the nation to pass a law that requires publicly traded companies to include women on their board of directors. This law is a baby step forward in making boards more diverse and equitable. The act requires corporate boards, by […]
Shake Things Up When Choosing a New Organizational Leader
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is an impressive woman. She is the former Finance Minister of Nigeria and was a World Bank development economist, eventually being promoted to Managing Director – the number two position at the World Bank. Earlier this year, she was considered a front runner to head the World Bank after former President Jim Young […]
Dealing with a Problematic Board Director
In 2014, the #ExeronatedFive (nee: #CentralParkFive) received a multi-million dollar settlement from the State of New York for their wrongful conviction and imprisonment related to the case of the rape and battery of Trisha Meili. Linda Fairstein, the prosecutor in the case, has come under fire in 2019 following the success of Ava DuVernay’s film, […]
Retreat In June
June is a great month for your board to hold its annual retreat. The school year has ended and people are generally in town before they leave for summer vacation. The board retreat is a time for board directors to participate in team building, reflection, and forward thinking in a relaxed setting. A board retreat […]
You Can’t Fake Diversity Work
How you gonna have a corporate meeting that Beyoncé deems to grace with her presence and not have a single black face in the room?! Reebok learned the hard way that the lack of representation cost them millions of dollars when Beyoncé walked out of the meeting and took her Ivy Park label to Adidas. Reebok denies […]
Responsibilities of Board Directors – Financial Oversight
One of the responsibilities of a board director is to ensure the financial oversight of the organization. While many directors understand their duties as it relates to fundraising, it is important that a board director understands the financial health of the organization as well. This includes understanding the budget for the year, the sources of […]
#MeToo – How a Grassroots Organization Started a Wildfire
If you think the #MeToo hashtag is new, or that it was started by Hollywood actress Alyssa Milano, you’d be mistaken. The famous hashtag was first created by Tarana Burke in 2006. Ms. Burke began her hashtag activism when, while speaking to a young girl who survived sexual assault and was at a loss for […]
African American Firsts in the Federal Government
As of this writing, the federal government has reopened until February 15, 2019. 800,000 federal employees were not paid for over a month during our nation’s longest federal government shutdown. I feel deep sorrow for the employees and contractors who were affected by the shutdown. I hope they all receive their back pay and an […]
2019 Board Goals
Now that a new year is upon us, it’s time to think about what your board and organization wants to accomplish in the new year. In thinking about your board goals, at a minimum, your board should go through a Board Governance 101 session. A Board Governance 101 session will acquaint your board and your […]
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Merry Everything! 2018 was an exciting year for McCord Consulting Group and I hope you had a fruitful year as well. Enjoy the holiday season and get ready for more tips, advice, and support for all of your governance, recruitment, and diversity needs from McCord Consulting Group in 2019! […]
Ignoring Your Duty of Care
Duty of care is one of the fundamental legal responsibilities of a board director. In short, duty of care means that both individual board directors and the board as a whole should pay attention to and care about the organization’s activities and operations. While this seems easy in theory, board directors seem to have a […]
Creatively Serving on Arts Boards
‘Creatives’ is the buzzword that seems to be everywhere in our current lexicon. Creatives describes those who are willing to think outside of the box to make our daily lives more efficient, more effective, and more beautiful. Creatives describe the writers who pen opinion pieces that allow us to understand different perspectives in a language […]
So Your CEO Went Rogue! Now What?
Jack Dorey, Elon Musk, and Papa John are three CEOs who have been in the news lately for going rogue, impacting their companies’ profits and causing headaches for their board of directors. Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, has been criticized for continuing to give Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist, racist, and Sandy Hook denier, […]
Board Director Job Description
On every board there are one person who seemingly does all the work. They volunteer for every committee, they show up to every event outside board meetings, and are a constant presence at the organization. This person may feel that they alone are pulling all of the weight of the board, while, alternatively, the […]
Diversify Your HOA Board
It’s important for diversity and inclusion to exist in all types of boards – including your community’s Home Owners Association board. I put together a short video for the Colorado Association of Realtors explaining how to diversify your HOA board. Take a look! For more information on board governance and board diversity, follow along on […]
Recruiting for Board Diversity – Call for Directors
Recruiting new board directors is the path any organization should take to diversify its Board. Many people have asked how a Board is supposed to find diverse candidate to interview and consider for open board positions. I recently saw a great examples of a Call for Directors. By exploring this example, I’ll point out how […]
Lessons on Board Diversity from Silicon Valley
There’s no better place to create a presentation about diversity in the technology industry than from Redmond, WA, the headquarters of Microsoft. I have been asked by NEON CRM to address board diversity and recruitment as it relates to Silicon Valley. NEON CRM is a unique customer relationship management technology system that specifically helps nonprofits […]
How to Be an Ally Resources
I was honored to be asked to present a webinar for XY Planning Network titled How to Promote Diversity within Your Organization. XY Planning Network is the leading organization of fee-only financial advisors who are dedicated to serving the needs of Generation X and Generation Y clients. At the end of the webinar, I was […]
Happy Birthday, McCord Consulting Group!
Photo Credit Every month I try to give you practical tips to energize and diversify your Board of Directors. But, this month’s post is all about self promotion. I want you all to give a big Happy Birthday cheer to McCord Consulting Group! Today, MCG turns 5 years old! According to the Bureau of Labor […]
February’s Living Black History Hero – Colin Kaepernick
Happy Black History Month! The month of February is the month we celebrate the contributions of Black Americans to this country. Customarily, the celebrated are usually long dead, their contributions consigned to the history books. This month, I want to highlight a living black history figure and his connection to nonprofit organizations. The Super Bowl was played […]
New Year Board Governance 101
Happy New Year! The new year is an exciting time for organizations because they can plan for all of their accomplishments for the year to come. In your planning, you should make sure your board directors have a refresher course on their duties and responsibilities as board members. Board Governance 101 is great for returning […]
Your board directors do a lot of the organization and the annual end of the year Holiday party is a great way to say ‘thank you’ for their service. Invite your board to participate in your organization’s end of the year celebration so that board directors can interact with staff in a relaxed and comfortable […]
Energize Your Board Directors by Taking Them on a Tour of Organization Operations
It’s important to find ways to energize your board of directors. One easy way to energize your board is to lead them on a tour of your organization’s operations and facilities. Oftentimes, directors are only familiar with the Executive Director and the staff who periodically present at board meetings. Initiating a tour of your operations […]
Don’t Pull any Tricks When Supporting Diversity
It’s October so it’s on point to talk about tricks and treats. In August, Black Girls CODE was presented with $125,000 from Uber. Uber is currently in turmoil after allegations of institutional workplace sexual harassment, senior executives fleeing the company, and the departure of former CEO Travis Kalanick who is accused of not addressing the […]
SVP – Boards with Brains
I am excited to work with Social Venture Partners and teach their Board Governance 101 class on October 7. The Boards with Brains professional development series was designed for nonprofit Board and staff leaders to help build alignment around leadership best practices within their organizations. In my session, attendees will learn how to be conscientious […]
The Simple Step Most Nonprofits Miss in Recognizing Board Directors
Click the link below to read a piece I wrote for NEON about ways organizations can recognize their board of directors. The Simple Step Most Nonprofits Miss in Recognizing Board Directors
MCG on the Radio
I was interviewed last month to discuss board diversity on the KGNU radio show, PoCo in BoCo. People of Color in Boulder County (PoCo in BoCo), hosted by Nikhil Mankekar and Tracey Jones, takes a look at what it means to be a person of color advocating for equity and representation in Boulder County. According […]
Shout it from the Mountaintop – Announcing New Board Directors
It’s easy to preach what you should and should not do to attain effective board governance. But, when I see it in practice, it makes my heart soar! I have worked with the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center (CJDC) in the past. The organization does amazing work, advocating for juvenile offenders in the State of Colorado. […]
Diversify Your Board of Directors at RMPI 2017
I am excited to be sponsored by the University of Colorado Office of Advancement at this year’s Rocky Mountain Philanthropy Institute’s annual conference. Check out the announcement below for more details.
Leveraging Star Power on Your Board of Directors
(photo credit) Besides champ (most recently 23 Grand Slam Singles Titles) and record holder (oldest player to win a Grand Slam Singles title ed note. She set that record while pregnant!), Serena Williams can add Board Director to her illustrious resume. Serena Williams recently joined the board of SurveyMonkey. While none of the press releases […]
Before Summer Break, Evaluate!
I can’t believe we’ve made it to the middle of the year! Congratulations! McCord Consulting Group has been busy the first half of the year. Before I take a much needed pause in June, I try to re-evaluate the first six months and make plans for the second half of the year based upon what […]
Fight For Your Right to Exist!
Advocacy is all the rage right now. Black Lives Matter has been advocating for equal treatment from police since 2013. Women protested across the country for policies that protect the rights of women the day after the inauguration. Even scientists felt the need to make their voices heard at the March for Science held on […]
You Want Political Diversity on Your Board
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was dragged by the media last month when he said, “We have a board member who is an adviser to the Trump administration, Peter Thiel. And I personally believe that if you want to have a company that is committed to diversity, you need to be committed to all kinds of […]
Diversifying your ESOP Board
On April 6, I’m speaking on a panel at the 2017 National Center for Employee Ownership conference. I will be joined by Shevanthi Daniel-Rabkin from Democracy at Work Institute and Lian Gravelle of Schatz Brown Glassman LLP. We’ll be having a conversation with attendees about how an ESOP can be strengthened through diversity. Per the […]
AMI – Diversify Your Board of Directors
I am excited to present on the Advanced CNP Track for the Alliance Management Institute in January. I will be speaking to the group about the importance of Board diversity and give practical ways to look at diversity and how to achieve it in your Board of Directors. I am excited to be working with […]
Get on Board – Diversify Your Tech Board
Join us for a discussion about the value of diversity, how a diverse board can actually increase your bottom line, and easy ways to incorporate diversity on your tech board. This session is useful for: ★ Current board directors who want to diversify their board ★ Those who want to learn more about serving on […]
Picture in the Paper
I am so grateful for my clients! While I was in a day-long training yesterday, my phone kept buzzing with congratulatory emails. Apparently my picture was in the paper and they were emailing to congratulate me. I was recently appointed to a full term on the Board of the Boulder Housing Partners by the […]
I am very excited to present at Expo West on Saturday, March 12 with my colleagues Jeff Klineman and Tracye McQuirter. Our panel, Natural Diversity: Finding Your Company’s Future Leaders, will be a very interesting exploration of the current status of diversity in the natural products industry and what the industry feels it needs to […]
YWCA Cabaret Gala – We Gonna Be Alright
I am so excited for the Cabaret Gala tomorrow night! I am delighted that I am being honored as a 2016 YWCA Community Champion. I am also excited to be grouped with Peter Braun, Sharon Caulfield, and State Senator Rollie Heath. This week, I reflected on what it means to me as a black woman to […]
YWCA Cabaret Gala – Why my job is awesome
Only two more days until the big event hosted by the YWCA of Boulder County. If you haven’t purchased your ticket to the Cabaret Gala, do so soon! This week, I am using my platform to reflect on what it means to be a black woman striving to uphold the tenants of the YWCA of […]
YWCA Cabaret Gala – What is the Gender Wage Gap?
It’s hump day! We’re half way through the week! That means it’s almost time for my honor from the YWCA of Boulder County. This week, I am using my platform to reflect on what it means to be a black woman striving to uphold the tenants of the YWCA of eliminating racism and empowering women. Today, […]
YWCA Cabaret Gala – Why I think women ROCK!
This weekend, I will be honored by the YWCA of Boulder County next to some pretty remarkable people. This week, I am using my platform to reflect on what it means to be a black woman striving to uphold the tenants of the YWCA of eliminating racism and empowering women. Today, I will answer a […]
Celebrate on Saturday with Nikki & The YWCA!
I hope that you will join my fellow honorees and myself for the YWCA of Boulder County’s Cabaret Gala! The YWCA has been a great partner and does amazing work in Boulder County. I’ve been to a few of their board meetings to give presentations, and there is something magnificent about being in a room […]
Congrats to the YWCA Cabaret Honorees!
McCord Consulting Group would like to extend congratulations to Nikki McCord’s fellow YWCA Honorees. MCG encourages you to support the YWCA of Boulder County and purchase a ticket! Saturday, February 27, 2016 6 pm – 10 pm Glenn Miller Ballroom, Boulder, CO $100 per person The YWCA of Boulder County invites you to a night […]
Nikki McCord – Chamber’s Young Professional of the Month!
Click here for the link! Nikki McCord, McCord Consulting Group Hometown: Dallas, Texas Why is your job awesome? My clients come to me because they are looking to make an intrepid leap in a new direction. My job is awesome because I get to suggest innovative ways of doing business, and then I get […]
Black History Month – Strange Fruit
You may have heard Billie Holiday sing about Strange Fruit. Or, you may have heard the version on Sons of Anarchy sung by Katey Sagal. But, did you know what inspired the song? During the summer of 1930, James Cameron nearly lost his life. At 16 years old, he and two other teenage companions were […]
Black History Month – Cowboy Edition
It’s a busy time for MCG, but it’s never too busy to celebrate Black History Month! Rodeo is big in both Texas and Colorado. You’ve probably heard of Bill Pickett, the cowboy and rodeo star. But, have you heard of Cowboy Jim Perry? Jim Perry was an African American cowboy and top hand, the highest-ranked cowboy, […]
Colorado Election Results
What an exciting election! There were a lot of changes last night. Statewide Races Governor Governor Hickenlooper was able to keep his seat as Governor, barely beating his challenger. Treasurer Walker Stapleton fought off his challenger and retained the office of Treasurer. Secretary of State We have a new Secretary of State and his name […]
Supporting the Team
It’s pretty exciting when I can promote causes that I believe in. I’m supporting Notre Dame Football currently and I was excited to talk to 9 News about that on the morning of the 2nd. I hope you enjoy and Go Irish! The good stuff starts at 2:30.
Juneteenth is a celebration that may be unfamiliar to those outside of Texas. So, what is Juneteenth and why is it important? Juneteenth marks the time in 1865 when slaves in Texas finally found out they were free. Wait a second, weren’t the slave freed with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863? Yes. But the word […]
Last weekend, MCG was able to sponsor a great event called Hack4CO. In celebration of the National Civic Day of Hacking, developers, designers, nerds, geeks, and wannabes like the MCG staff get together for the weekend and develop applications that benefit the common good. This year, we had pitches from non-profits like Big Brothers Big […]
Water Water Everywhere!
Water is a very valuable resource that we shouldn’t take for granted. We drink it, bathe in it, recreate in it. That’s why water quality and quantity are important things to always think about. An associate I know started a podcast called The Water Values about water that’s very interesting. I took the time to listen […]
Equal Pay for Equal Work
April 8 was Equal Pay Day at the State Capitol. 9 to 5 Colorado and the Women’s Foundation highlighted the gap in pay among women and people of color. Currently, women earn $0.77 for every dollar made by a man. It’s important to bring awareness to the issue. But, what can you do to […]
I’ve never been to an opening day of baseball, but I do enjoy going to baseball games. There’s nothing like sitting in the summer sun, having a cold beverage, and cheering for the home team. Opening day marks a new beginning and a fresh start. I like that opening day happens in the spring when […]
Quit Yellen! She’s Got This!
March is Women’s History Month! Let’s start the month learning more about Janet Yellen, the first female Federal Reserves Chair. Yellen has an impressive background. After earning her degree at the University of California at Berkeley, she received her doctorate in economics from Yale University. She previously worked at the central bank as an international […]
Dr. Carver & The Peanut
Today is the last day of Black History Month. Let’s take a look at a Black History Month staple, Dr. George Washington Carver and his contributions to the organic farming world. Dr. George Washington Carver’s agricultural research into peanuts and soybeans is legendary. His research was used to help poor farmers grow these alternative crops […]
Who Do You Love?
Valentine’s Day, Stout Month, and Black History Month! How do you connect these wonderful things that happen in February? Well, MCG, being a true Colorado company, loves (Valentine’s Day Reference) craft beer. Mountain Sun Brewery, a great local pub, celebrates Stout Month every February and we love to grab a pint and participate. But, how […]
Black History Month – Historic 5
February is Black History Month! The Colorado political scene is currently experiencing a black ‘first’ in the state legislature. But, before we take a look at the present, let’s take a moment to look at the past. 1895 – Joseph H. Stuart was the first African American to hold office in Colorado. He was elected […]
The Resilience of Cory Remsburg
If you watched the State of the Union this week, you heard the remarkable story of Cory Remsburg. After being injured in Afghanistan, he was in a coma, came out of the coma, and then spent months in rehabilitation. All of that hard work earned him a place of honor at the State of the […]
Celebrating MLK Day
This week MCG joined the rest of the country celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. What struck me during my day of reflection is that one person, partnered with like-minded individuals, was able to change the course of history. It’s quite ambitious to think that any one person has the […]
It’s fun to see the City of Denver United in Orange for this weekend’s AFC Championship game. Everyone in the city is on the same page and rooting for the same team. McCord Consulting Group was excited to be a part of the FearLess Revolution this week with Alex and Ana Bogusky. During their talk […]
With the first day of session and the Governor’s State of the State Address behind us, the 69th Colorado General Assembly is officially underway. This year, legislators have indicated they will be focusing on issues related to our devastating fire and flood natural disasters, education, rural communities, and a revisit of the contentious gun reform. […]
Goat Milk is Trending
Goat milk, consumed by 65% of the world’s population, is becoming more popular as an alternative to cow milk in the United States. Many families are moving away from consuming cow milk. According to the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of California, Davis, cow milk has a similar percentage of fat to goat milk. Depending on […]
Non-GMO Month – What Does This Mean for You as a Consumer?
By Nikki McCord and Shoshana Romer So Many Terms, But What do They Mean? GMOs, non-GMOs, Organic, Fair Trade, Free Range. There are a lot of buzz words thrown about in the food vocabulary and it’s hard to distinguish what all these terms mean. During non-GMO month, organizations likeJust Label It and the Non-GMO Projecteducate consumers about the […]
National Non-GMO Month – What They Are and Why You Should Care
As a consumer, you have many choices. You can choose to buy a wool or polyester sweater. You can choose to buy a gas or hybrid vehicle. You have the ability to make these choices because these products are clearly labeled. Choosing whether or not you put GMOs in your body is harder. Check the […]
Boulder Flood Recovery
The MCG team was fortunate to escape the Boulder Flood unscathed. However, many residents and businesses weren’t so fortunate. When fortune smiles on you, it’s nice to do something for others. That’s why MCG is teaming up with the Boulder Small Business Development Center to assist Colorado businesses affected by the flood. MCG team members […]
Denver Startup Week
Denver Startup Week was a blast. The week celebrates everything entrepreneurial in Denver. There were mentoring sessions with successful entrepreneurs, loads of talks and workshops, and fun after hours events with lots of beer. Coloradans love to work hard while drinking craft beer! I only had time to participate for two days this year, but […]
GMOs in Our Food: Do We Have a Right to Know?
By Steven Hoffman and Nikki McCord If you’re anything like us, you’re probably enjoying a snack while checking your email and catching up on your blogs. If you’re eating a conventionally produced snack – that is, one that is not Certified Organic or Non-GMO Verified – chances are it could be full of GMOs. Check […]
Garden School Foundation: The Roots of Education
The idea started because, as much as things were changing, they were actually staying the same. The 24th Street Elementary School in Los Angeles received funding to replace the playground asphalt with more playground asphalt. Parents, teachers, children, and community leaders had a different idea. What if, instead of filling more square feet with asphalt, the space […]
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