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Kathleen McLean


Kathleen McLean is President of The McLean Group – a New York State certified Minority Women Owned consulting firm that partners with organizations to create customized solutions that specialize in diversity/inclusion, team building and leadership development.

Kathleen is a sought-after consultant, motivational speaker, trainer, facilitator and executive coach who serves organizations and her community with compassion and integrity, inspiring each individual to be more, do more and follow their passion. Kathleen received her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Buffalo State College, a Master's Degree in Social Work (Management Concentration) from the State University of New York at Albany, and a Master's in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Empire State College. She received a Diversity Training Certificate through Diversity Training University International in October 2017. She is also an Adjunct Instructor at Russell Sage College. She teaches WORLD 401, a course which engages students in an examination of how women influence and change their world with an emphasis on racial identity development.

Presently, Kathleen is a volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York and the Capital Region Woman of Color Professional Network. She is a member of the Leadership Advisory Board of Directors on behalf of The Free Your Mind Forum located in Dallas, Texas, and she is on the Advisory Board of Mission Accomplished and the Resourceful Women’s Leadership Steering Committee for the YWCA – GCR. In addition, Kathleen mentors multiple women throughout the Capital Region and beyond.

Kathleen formerly served on the American Marketing Association Board of Directors as the Secretary and Chair of Programming/Events. In addition, she has served on the Advisory Board of the Lunn Foundation, the Schenectady Foundation Youth Allies Council, Sister to Sister Keeper Inc., and The Cultural Diversity Business Council. She was a Foster Parent with Albany County Department Children for Youth and Families.

Kathleen was recognized as a Community Star (2017) by the CEO of Mission Accomplished for her volunteerism and support of work in providing support for millennials to enter the workforce.

Kathleen was selected as an Adult Achiever (2017) for her dedication to improving the lives of young people across the Capital District for the YMCA Black and Latino Achievers Program.

Kathleen was selected to receive the Harriet Rifkin Leadership Award (2017) – this award is given to an individual who personifies leadership, volunteerism, and professionalism as a way of life. This awardee demonstrates leadership in every aspect of her life, professional and personal. She has a clear vision and a distinct purpose. Her core values govern her day-to-day choices and she has a reputation for being a champion for women. She has created or been actively involved in women’s initiatives in the Capital Region. These initiatives have resulted in women being increasingly independent both personally and financially.

She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 25 years and they have four amazing children ages 22, 20, 16 and 13. Kathleen is fluent in Haitian Creole and conversant in French.

Kathleen’s motto in life is she came her to LOVE, LIVE and LEAD out LOUD!