Nelson Parrish II, MA

Nelson Parrish, II, MA is a thought leader with experience in the development and implementation of processes and programs to facilitate individual effectiveness and organizational productivity. With an emphasis on the integration of leadership, diversity, and change management, he enables people and organizations to communicate across differences, manage change, and maximize effectiveness.

Focus areas include:

  • Executive Coaching
  • Leadership Development
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Strategic Planning
  • Change Management
  • Public Speaking and Group Facilitation

Nelson has consulted for nonprofits, for-profits, employee-owned companies and federal and local government in including higher education, financial services, healthcare, and socially responsible businesses.

Before his career as a consultant, Mr. Parrish was a manager of people and processes in the financial services industry. As the former Vice President of Change Management, Inclusion, and Development, one of his achievements was to design, implement, and measure a significant system change process that increased leadership effectiveness, diversity competence, and organizational performance.

Nelson holds a master’s degree in Organizational Management from The University of Phoenix, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Millersville University, certifications from The Amherst Writers & Artists Group in Writing Group Leadership, Bucknell University-Central Atlantic Advanced School of Banking, Howard University-Coalition Building Institute, and The Philadelphia Institute for Paralegal Training.

Demonstrating a strong commitment to his community, Nelson serves as treasurer of The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the performance, education, and preservation of jazz music.

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Nelson Parrish II, MA

Webinar: Belonging is The Key to ESOP Culture

Belonging is The Key to ESOP Culture

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How to Measure Diversity Internally and Build Inclusive Workplace Practices in Pursuit of Racial Equity

Molly and Nelson had the opportunity to talk with Susie Fagan for B The Change, the B Corp's website that shares stories of people using business as a force for good about involving all employees in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts.

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How to Get Started on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Work

Trying to figure out how to get started or keep the momentum going? Nelson shares some guiding principles in this short piece with thoughts on things like defining your common goals, forming a small committed group, and integrating your plan into your larger company goals.

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Webinar: The Good, The Bad and the Difficult

This presentation with Nelson Parrish, Karen Ellis of Superior Farms, and Daniel Goldstein of Folience, was a part of the National Center for Employee Ownership's Virtual Fall Forum conference in September, 2021.

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Q&A with Nelson Parrish on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion during COVID-19

Danie Greenwell interviewed Nelson Parrish in early May 2020 prior to the social justice demonstrations in response to George Floyd’s murder. He reflected on how he became involved in DEI work, how it has changed, and how to move forward.

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Webinar: Leading in the Time of COVID-19 for Nonprofit Leaders

On May 1, 2020 Linshuang, Nancie and Nelson were joined by Marianne Fray, CEO of Maternity Care Coalition and Lynn Faria, Executive Vice President, SAGE for this webinar for Nonprofit leaders.

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Webinar: Creating an Inclusive and Diverse Company

This webinar was done for the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) on September 22, 2020.

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