PrincipalCompany: Gwendolyn McCoy
Role: Session Presenter
Gwendolyn McCoy stands at the forefront of entrepreneurship, diversity, and inclusion. She is an HR professional and diversity and inclusion practitioner with expertise in compliance, strategy, program and event design/management, training and development, and branding and communications. She currently consults with individuals, small businesses, and local and international firms.
In addition to her projects as an independent consultant, Gwendolyn is a senior consultant with Diversity@Workplace (D@W), a consultancy focused on learning solutions, strategy, and process redesign to improve talent acquisition, retention, and engagement.
Before joining D@W, Gwendolyn built and managed enterprise-wide programs at Massachusetts’ largest health insurance carrier. Programs included D&I education and consultation, a diversity and inclusion awards and recognition program, employee resource groups, and diversity dialogues. Her signature program, Women@Blue, focused on career development and girl empowerment and has been recognized, along with other D&I programs, as a Boston Business Journal Best Diversity Initiative in 2014.
She has harnessed passion, expertise, and resources in the community as a member of the board of advisors of the Huntington YMCA. Gwendolyn is also on the board of Encuentro Diaspora Afro (EDA), a nonprofit that empowers the Afro-Latino community with an emphasis on middle and high school students. She led the planning of EDA’s two-day conference, Raising Our Voices/Alzando Nuestras Voces, which explored afro identity around the globe. Gwendolyn received the 2015 President’s Award from the Boston branch of the NAACP for chairing the Boston Branch Centennial Celebration.
Gwendolyn is the founder and principal of MS Creative Group. Floral design, event design, small business development, and communications are some of the many services offered. Make Scents Floral Design was featured in the United States Postal Service ad campaign, “Small Business Solutions.”
Gwendolyn holds an MBA from Bentley with concentrations in marketing and entrepreneurship. She holds a graduate certificate in diversity and inclusion from Cornell University and a designation as a Certified Diversity and Inclusion Practitioner through the National Diversity Council. She is a graduate of the Fellows Program of The Partnership, Inc.