ABOUT US

MSM Global Consulting offers a unique approach to organizational culture change by empowering organizations to achieve greater success through embracing equity, diversity and inclusivity. MSM Global’s suite of services provides a holistic approach to organizational development, team capacity building, and leadership development.

MSM Global uses a customized, systems-based approach to focus on the specific challenges each client faces. By first assessing the current organizational and environmental landscape, then building a strategy with performance indicators, MSM Global develops solutions aimed at the “gap” between the current reality and the desired future.

How we help at MSM Global Consulting

WHY CHOOSE US

Our Experience

You will be afforded access to a team that, collectively, boasts over 150 years of experience in diversity, equity, inclusion, gender equity, intercultural competence, and organizational development.

Our Track Record

Our clients consistently give us positive feedback and testimonials. In addition, we have case studies that illustrate how our work has impacted our clients and their work.

Our Unique Approach

MSM Global utilizes novel models and innovative strategies that hold up and align in today’s social climate. We begin with data gathering to set a baseline to see the organization through the eyes of your organization’s diverse stakeholders and to more fully understand your organizational culture. Our approach is to then help your team create connections, build community across differences and foster accountability at every level. We will help you and your team become more prepared to engage in courageous conversations around tough EDI issues. And as your organization changes, our team will be here to help you.

Our Commitment to Your Success

MSM Global is devoted to helping you achieve success-building culture change. We will determine the appropriate team of experts to partner with you on your journey to organizational change.

OUR TEAM

MSM Global is made up of a team of talented facilitators, consultants, and coaches who are experienced in developing winning strategies for companies and organizations across a wide array of industries. This team understands organizational dynamics and best practices and can guide companies of all sizes to operate more effectively and achieve greater success.

Maria Morukian

President and Founder
(She/Her/Hers)
Originally from: Detroit, Michigan
Currently live in: Washington, DC

Areas of expertise:

  • EDI Training with a Focus on Dialogue and Storytelling
  • Executive Coaching
  • Intercultural Communication and Global Competency Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Innovation and Change Leadership
  • Organizational Culture Change


Why Equity, Diversity and Inclusion? 

I grew up in a multicultural family. My father and his family were refugees, and my mother was from a farming community where folks spoke Polish as their first language for generations. I was exposed to a rich variety of cultures, and I also saw the impact of racism and systemic oppression. I have always been deeply curious about how culture and identity shape our lives and have criss-crossed the globe learning about other cultures. I am committed to building bridges across differences and helping people use the power of storytelling to build community.

Favorite comfort meal: Imam Bayildi and pilaf (with something super chocolatey for dessert!)

Shilpa Alimchandani

Senior Consultant
(She/Her/Hers)
Originally from: I was born in Pune, India and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri
Currently live in: Silver Spring, Maryland

Areas of expertise:

  • EDI Training and Consultation with a Focus on Racial Justice
  • Leadership development
  • EDI Coaching
  • Intercultural Communication


Why Equity, Diversity and Inclusion? 

As the daughter of immigrants from India who grew up in the Midwest of the US, I’ve always navigated differences in culture and power. I’m deeply committed to social justice, and I believe that transformational change is possible. That’s why I’ve dedicated my career to liberating individuals, organizations, and communities from systems of oppression.

Favorite comfort meal: My favorite comfort meal is my mother’s daal, green beans and potatoes, served with basmati rice or chapati.

Gwen Crider

Senior Consultant
(She/Her/Hers)
Originally from: Born in Beckley, W. VA; raised in Washington, DC
Currently live in: Washington, DC

Areas of expertise:

  • DEI, leadership
  • Team building
  • Strategic planning/work with all levels of government (federal, state, local), non-profits and private sectors


Why Equity, Diversity and Inclusion? 

I believe that only when we excel in these areas – whether at work or in our personal lives – can we be our very best, see possibilities and fulfil our potential; again as both individuals and organizations.

Favorite comfort meal: Not a meal  but when I need comfort, my “go to” is butter pecan ice cream; it always does the job.

carmen foster

Carmen Foster

Senior Consultant
(She/Her/Hers)
Originally from: As the great-great granddaughter of an enslaved nurse and healer, my lineage is centered in Richmond, Virginia.
Currently live in: Richmond continues to be my home base, after a decade-long stint in the Cambridge-Boston area.

Areas of expertise:

  • Almost four decades of experience in local, state, and federal government, higher education, museum administration, and nonprofits
  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Organizational Analysis
  • Social Capital Development
  • Executive Coaching exploring the nexus of leadership, spirituality, and personal development.


Why Equity, Diversity and Inclusion? 

My encore career as a historian provides a platform to investigate societal patterns and behaviors that influence privilege, oppression and intersectionality in the journey for social justice reform. Along with my scholarly research, my lived experience as a child of the civil rights movement and a bridge-builder across racial divides add depth to EDI strategies that create impact.

Favorite comfort meal: A hard choice between an eclectic array of pan-Asian, dim sum, and the Southern comfort of fried fish, barbeque, mac and cheese with well-seasoned greens.

Melissa graetz

Melissa Graetz

Senior Consultant
(She/Her/Hers)
Originally from: Syracuse, NY
Currently live in: Silver Spring, MD with my husband and two cats.

Areas of expertise:

  • Non-profit Leadership
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Adult Education
  • Capacity Building
  • Project Design in Training And Development


Why Equity, Diversity and Inclusion? 

I am increasingly encouraged by the work in EDI as I believe we must use innovative methods of community engagement to build a strong foundation for growth and understanding. I aim to question our unconscious biases, to encourage cultural exchange, and to develop creative solutions to have these difficult conversations.
This is something we can look for in all areas of life, and I continue to look for cultural preservation, integration and education in my personal life in music and food!

Favorite comfort meal: I find that my comfort food is really anything that has rice as the focal point of the dish: Paella, Biryani, Fried Rice etc.  The world is full of beautiful flavors, and I want to try them all!

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Chris Haigh

Senior Consultant
(They/Their/Theirs)
Originally from: Cranston, Rhode Island
Currently live in: Boston, Massachusetts

Areas of expertise:

  • EDI Facilitation and Coaching
  • Leadership Development
  • Dialogue
  • Understanding Systemic Oppression


Why Equity, Diversity and Inclusion?
Imagine what we could do if we could create spaces that liberate all human potential!

Favorite comfort meal: Sushi

Timothy Kane

Timothy Kane

Senior Consultant
(He/Him/His)
Originally from: Rochester, NY
Currently live in: Eagle River, Alaska

Areas of Expertise:

  • Cultural Intelligence
  • How White People Can Be Anti-Racist
  • LGBTQIA+ Diversity and Inclusion
  • Transgender Diversity and Inclusion
  • Religious Diversity and Inclusion
  • Community and Youth Empowerment
  • EDI in Higher Education


Why Equity, Diversity and Inclusion? 

Engagement with EDI is part of my “happiness plan.”  One place I experience happiness is when I get to know others and seek a space where we are recognized as being of equal intrinsic value. This space sometimes becomes tricky to find given social injustice and our seemingly endless drive to put ourselves above others.  Yet, when I connect with people in ways which raise up everyone and diminish no one, I feel happy.

Favorite comfort meal: In sixth grade, I ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every day for lunch.  When I am feeling stressed, my PB&J always comes to the rescue!

Adrika Lazarus

Adrika Lazarus

Senior Consultant
(She/Her/Hers)
Originally from: I am a first-generation Bangladeshi-American and "Third Culture Kid" growing up in Kenya, India, and Indonesia
Currently live in: North Carolina

Areas of expertise:

  • Training and Facilitation
  • Conflict Mediation and Resolution
  • Spent a year working in the Baltimore prisons with incarcerated men and their loved ones. That year laid the groundwork for my training and facilitation skills today.


Why Equity, Diversity and Inclusion? 

I moved to the United States after living overseas for fifteen years with my multicultural, interracial, and interfaith family. Diversity and inclusion was and is my norm – my daily lived values and experience. When we moved to the U.S., we were met with culture shock, particularly around the tension in racism and racist history living in the South. As a first-generation American, I experienced the effects of being categorized in a label or box, as well as the ignorance and fear that comes with being “othered.” Those years were especially painful to live through, so when I entered the workforce, my goal was to do my part in making sure people who looked like me or individuals from marginalized identities would be heard and valued. I want to help facilitate the challenges and breakthrough moments in this work; to help build equitable, inclusive, and diverse workplaces and the support systems for diverse employees; and most importantly, to learn new skills and keep pushing myself professionally to learn new skills that support EDI work.

Favorite comfort meal: My favorite comfort meal at the moment is Vietnamese pho. The aromatic slow-cooked broth, coupled with tender beef and chewy rice noodles is magic in a bowl.

Umeh

ZImife Umeh

Senior Consultant
(She/Her/Hers)
Originally from: I was born in Nigeria and lived there until the age of eight. I then moved to U.S. where I grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Currently live in: Rockville, Maryland.

Areas of expertise:

  • DEI survey design, data collection, and data analysis.
  • Racial justice, gender equality, and approach my research and analysis using an intersectional framework.


Why Equity, Diversity and Inclusion? 

My interest in EDI stems from my commitment to producing research and strategies that eliminate barriers to racial equity and inclusion within the workplace.

Favorite comfort meal: Baked Mac and Cheese

OUR CLIENTS

MSM Global works with a wide array of organizations and companies of all sizes and from all industries. Here are some of our clients: