McCord Consulting Group

McCord Consulting Group provides customized consulting services to for-profit and nonprofit entities that includes board of director governance training, board of director development, organizational diversity training, and strategic facilitation.

The MCG Difference

A Full Service Consulting Agency

Working both virtually and in person, we are a full-service consulting firm, specializing in facilitation and training in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, board of director governance, and strategic facilitation.

The MCG Difference

A Full Service Consulting Agency

Facilitation

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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.

Strategic Facilitation

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.

Training

Board Governance

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.

MCG Team

Meet the team.

MCG Team

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:

  • Senior Director of Communications & Legislative Affairs at Scofes & Associates Consulting, Inc. – This powerful governmental affairs firm specializes in representing Fortune 500 companies in fourteen states with offices in Michigan, Illinois and Washington D.C.
  • Legislative Advisor for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality – this position, appointed by former Michigan Governor, Jennifer Granholm, helps the Department regulate air, land, and water policies in the State of Michigan.

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.

MCG provides public speaking services, educating audiences about organizational diversity and board governance. The team has presented to: The University of Notre Dame, Financial Planning Association, BevNet, ExpoWest, Alliance Management Institute, and the Colorado Small Business Development Center.

Ms. McCord’s civic and professional board participation includes the Posner Center for International Development and the City of Boulder Board of Zoning Adjustment. Past board participation includes Boulder Housing Partners Board and the Community Affairs Council of the Boulder Chamber. Ms. McCord is the past President of the Notre Dame Club of Denver and she is the current 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.

Media

Happy Pride Month! You’re Fired!

The key to inclusivity is the authenticity of the engagement. It’s not a good look to make a big deal celebrating Pride Month in June and then fire a transgender employee for their activism in October. But that’s just what Netflix did in 2021. 

During Pride Month 2020, a program manager at Netflix, B. Pagels-Minor, “shared a piece called “Black Trans Lives Matter” on [their] personal blog and with the internal Netflix community.” By October 2021, they were terminated from Netflix for protesting the Netflix distributed Dave Chappelle comedy special that, in part, disrespected the transgender community. Pagels-Minor says that Netflix did not consult the Trans*Employee Resource Group for assistance minimizing the harm the release would cause to the community. After raising concerns and organizing a walk-out, they were fired.

What lessons can you learn as your company recognizes cultural celebrations like Pride Month and Juneteenth? 

Your Customers Are Watching

Your customers will not only remember whether or not you mentioned a cultural celebration but your actions towards those groups after the cultural celebration is over. Social media was quick to point out the juxtaposition of Netflix’s Pride celebration in June and the firing of a transgender employee in October. It is important to live your inclusive values every day, and not just the days dedicated to a particular cultural celebration.

Be Authentic

Mark cultural celebrations in a way that is authentic to your organization. If your company has written a diversity statement, a cultural celebration is a great way to remind your employees and customers of your DEI values. You can also highlight some of the advances you have made to respond to respective communities during their cultural celebration.
For more information on board governance and organizational diversity, follow along on Twitter or Instagram. Nikki McCord is the founder of McCord Consulting Group, the only choice for organizations looking to energize, innovate, and diversify their boards and organizations.

Contact

Based in the Business Capitol of the West

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Contact

Based in the Business Capitol of the West

Denver USA
720.443.0894

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