The Almond Group
Helping Leaders Uncover Their Blindspots
The Almond Group helps leaders and their teams uncover individual and organizational blindspots so they can build diverse teams and lead courageously.
The Almond Group is a woman-owned, Black-owned leadership development and consulting firm with an emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) that serves organizations and professionals who influence federal, state, and local policymaking. Birthed out of a passion to drive systemic change in domestic policy, we work with organizations to develop customized plans that support the implementation of both short- and long-term DEI goals, while providing professional development opportunities for government relations professionals.Learn More About Us
Designed for mid-level managers to improve their leadership ability by uncovering individual and organizational blindspots. Our Leading for Diversity Cohort Program equips mid-level managers, supervisors, and directors with a long-term strategy to strengthen their leadership acumen and become courageous champions for diversity within their organizations.
This six-month program is cohort-based and includes experiential learning, accountability and community-building, and a self-designed framework for implementing culture change and diversity strategies.
The Almond Group serves government relations firms, non-profit organizations, associations, think-tanks, corporations and other entities that influence policymaking at the federal, state, and local levels. Specifically, we specialize in helping companies diversify and enhance their leadership and talent pipelines and organizational culture by getting at the root of individual and organizational blindspots. We lead teams through courageous conversations, leadership assessments, strategic planning, team-building activities, professional development, and strategic communications to improve organizational health.Learn About Our Services
I had the pleasure and privilege of being a part of the DEI Bootcamp led by the Almond Group, LLC. Monica Almond and team have extensive knowledge, expertise, and practicality around applying and executing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, to assist industries across multiple sectors, and meet many parts of organizations DEI journeys. They are extremely helpful, insightful, and adaptive to their audience needs. I would highly recommend individuals and organizations to participate and be a part of the Almond Group’s DEI Bootcamp, along with other selections of trainings and consultations that they offer.
When I first met with Monica and her team, we set out several clear goals for our work together, including helping us with our hiring processes to be more demographically diverse, creating an organizational DEI statement and preparing a style guide or lexicon that will guide all of our communications in culturally sensitive and appropriate ways. As a staff of fairly progressive and socially-aware individuals, The Almond Group was still able to refine and tailor their trainings, exercises and concepts to make us keenly aware of the structural/systemic problems we are confronting, as well as our own individual, often hidden biases.
I highly recommend Monica for her skills and expertise in strategic consulting on diversity, equity, and inclusion. I have known Monica professionally and personally for several years through our membership and leadership within Women in Government Relations (WGR). It should go without saying that Monica is a remarkable, approachable human being who truly understands the meaning and importance of DEI. She uses her expertise to not only address (diplomatically) current events but also seeks opportunities to help create a culture of inclusion for the future.
As a retired corporate executive, who spent decades in the Governmental Affairs industry in Washington, I pride myself on recognizing talented leaders—people who have the intellect and the soul to make a difference. A lot of people say they want to do great things…but watch what people do and that is where you’ll see a leader who is making a difference. That is where you will find Monica.
Dr. Monica Almond is an invaluable resource for individuals and companies seeking to enhance and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion awareness and policies. By acknowledging and sharing vulnerabilities, Monica creates space for open, thoughtful dialogue. Her empathy encourages others to engage in challenging conversations, while identifying strategies and tactics to effect lasting change. Further, Monica invests in knowing her clients and audiences to adapt her approach. This process builds trust and leaves a lasting impact on those with whom she engages.
I met Monica when she raised her hand to volunteer in creating a diversity and inclusion committee for our organization. It was her inclusive and thoughtful nature that first caught our attention but her leadership, passion and ability to motivate and inspire a team that made her time in the WGR leadership one of the most transformative. Monica served as the inaugural chair for what is now the DEI Committee – an initiative that has had a huge impact on the growth, sustainability and relevancy of our organization. With a clear end goal in mind Monica developed a plan, collected data, constructed a team, deconstructed old systems to build them back stronger and forever changed the direction of WGR and our mission to create generations of powerful women advocates. Three years later WGR is at the forefront of these discussions as a thought leader and change maker. Monica was our visionary, strategist and change-maker.
I first met Dr. Monica Almond through a professional women’s organization and learned about her work to establish a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. The DEI Committee programming is some of the best I’ve encountered and I have seen Dr. Almond work tirelessly to create both the momentum and the space for honest conversations about these critical topics. Her work has made a difference in how I see and understand our world, which is truly a gift.