It’s Been a Year – How is Your Progress Going?
It’s been a year since many of us watched George Floyd die before our eyes. His death sparked worldwide activism, black squares on Instagram, and corporate pledges to address systemic racism. So, let’s check in. What has your organization accomplished in the past year. The optimistic part of me is encouraged by the positive news. […]
Your Minority Board Director Departed. Now What?
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 […]
Your Organization MUST Advocate
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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