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.
In March 2020, Kenneth Chenault, Facebook’s first Black board director exited the board. Some say the move was a shifting of deck chairs, Bill Gates left his position on the Berkshire Hathaway board and Chenault took Gates’ former position. However, others say Chenault was frustrated with Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, not taking his counsel on governance and administrative issues – especially related to the 2020 Presidential Election. Chenault was asked to join Facebook’s board in 2018 after it received criticism for its lack of racial diversity. Facebook appointed its first Black female director, Peggy Alford, in 2019.
What should your organization do when your minority board director leaves the board – especially before their term is over?
If your minority board director leaves the board before the end of their term, it is important to conduct an exit interview. This interview should be conducted by someone on the board who has trust with the departed board director. Ask what caused the director to leave and what could have been done to get the board director to stay. Perhaps the board director saw a better opportunity, like Chenault leaving to pursue the opportunity at Berkshire Hathaway. If the departed director provides recommendations on improvements, it is important for your organization to pursue these changes.
It is important for your organization to engage in regular DEI training sessions. If a minority board director leaves before their term is complete, take an assessment of your most recent DEI engagement. If your board has never engaged in DEI training or it has been more than two years since your last training, use this departure as an opportunity to re-engage your board’s DEI training. In many instances, your minority board director is the *only* minority director. Ensure your board environment is inclusive for all directors, especially your minority directors.
Last, don’t give up. Whether your minority director left because they felt as though they were not being heard, or if they left to chase a better opportunity, this is a signal that your organization still has work to do to create an environment that is conducive for diversity. Evaluate your board matrix and continue to recruit for minority directors who can fill the gaps in skills on your board. The sudden departure of your minority board director is an opportunity for your organization to regroup, learn, and re-engage. If your goal is diversity, you won’t stop your efforts until you reach your goal.
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