Riley McDonough, Executive Coach

Verna Ford
Leadership Consultant, Executive Coach, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor

Verna Ford is a leadership consultant, executive coach, and diversity and inclusion advisor for MCG Partners. MCG Partners specializes in leadership and talent optimization, aligning business and people strategy for maximum results.

Verna has extensive experience working with senior teams on strategic planning, needs assessments, and stakeholder engagement. Her approach helps clients uncover and leverage their hidden strengths, building a bridge between strategy, operations, and human performance.

Verna enables the work of diversity steering committees and councils, business resource groups, and mentoring initiatives.  Expert at managing group dynamics, she skillfully facilitates difficult conversations, supporting organizations to work through emotionally-charged issues. She conducts focus groups and listening tours for large companies and safe space discussions for local teams, turning that feedback into measurable goals and actionable strategies.

Verna has served as vice-president of Global Novations (a diversity consulting firm), the president of a project management company, COO and partner at  J. Howard & Associates (a professional development firm), executive director of the Efficacy Institute (a not-for-profit educational consulting firm), and principal consultant with Korn Ferry (a global organizational consulting firm).

Verna has worked across industries and demographic groups such as advertising, professional services, utilities, consumer products, non-profit, manufacturing insurance/finance, higher education, government, and big box retail.

Verna uses this combination of skills and experiences to help leaders develop and deliver more credible messaging as their organizations seek to change direction or manage through critical junctures. Her approach has been shown to build team commitment while protecting both business and public relations interests.

Verna is a graduate of the University of Alabama. She is certified in Hogan Personality Assessments, Korn Ferry’s Voices 360, viaEdge, Styles & Climate, Inclusion Index, and Influence Strategies.