Beyond Conversation: Creating cultures of diversity and inclusion.

March 11, 2020

nicole jacobs silvey, President/founder, connection coach kc

Both mission-driven and passionate about Kansas City, Nicole Jacobs-Silvey is the Co-Founder of the Sisters’ Circle GKC and the Rise Tribe. Nicole has spent over 20 years in the nonprofit sector, serving as the Associate Director of External Relations at UMKC, then later as a Leadership Development Coach and an Associate Director for Kauffman Scholars. Currently, Nicole is the President & Founder of Connection Coach KC.

Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rockhurst University and a Nonprofit Fundraising Certificate from the UMKC Bloch School of Management. She has been named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in KC, a Woman to Watch by Central Exchange, a 2018 Rising Star by The Independent Magazine and the 2018 Emerging Volunteer by Nonprofit Connect.

Highlights from our conversation with Nicole:

  • We’re all in this together. Staying “Kansas City nice” won’t help us address our inherent biases and the reality of the current diversity and inclusion landscape. We need to be willing to have the hard conversations to move things forward.

  • Diversity and inclusion isn’t a trend. It needs to be the filter through which an organization views the work it does. This is how we get to systemic change.

  • Create and commit to a diversity statement. Get it in writing and make sure it becomes a compass for the work of your organization.