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Executive Board


NIKKI Mcgruder

Director of the Inclusive Impact Institute

Previously served as Regional Manager of the Columbia Branch of the Diversity Awareness Partnership.  Under Nikki's leadership, more than 12,000 community members as well as several businesses and organizations have been touched in and around the Columbia community through inclusive events, training, and community dialogues. 

Prior to joining DAP, Nikki worked with leading recruitment process outsourcing firm, Cielo, in the recruiting and hiring of top candidates for technology, pharmaceutical and finance positions. The bulk of her professional experience was with Edward Jones Investments where Nikki served in various capacities over a ten-year time frame.

In her time with Edward Jones, Nikki was afforded the opportunity to work closely with the Inclusion initiative serving as a trainer and coach for minority advisors in the firm’s Cross Cultural Development training program as well as with a team of professionals working diligently to improve the inclusion initiative for the recruitment and hiring of minority advisors.

Nikki received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Columbia College in Columbia, MO, and her Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Arts in Human Resources Development from Webster University in St. Louis, MO. 


Loreli Wilson, SHRM-CP, CDP

President of the Inclusive Impact Institute

Director of Diversity & Inclusion Programs at Veterans United Home Loans

"We don’t see the world as it is, we see it as we are." – Anonymous

Our experiences shape our perspectives, and my hope is to provide more experiences to others to broaden their means of understanding. I’m proud to work with the Inclusive Impact Institute to enhance the inclusion of a community I was born and raised in.

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VICE President & Secretary of the Inclusive Impact Institute

Director of Human Resources at Shelter Insurance Companies

At Shelter Insurance Companies, I work with our diversity and inclusion programs that are designed to strength our company and empower all of our employees. The institute is an incredible resource for our organization for training, collaboration and networking. Columbia is a great place to live, work and play and the Institute provides the tools we need to make Shelter Insurance and our entire community even better for everyone.  

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Treasurer of the Inclusive Impact Institute

Chief People Officer at Veterans United Home Loans

I am involved with supporting the institute because I believe in the work we are doing and the importance of coming together for a common cause.

Advisory Council



Director of Public Health & Human Services with City of Columbia, Missouri

I want Columbia and Boone County to be the best place for everyone to live, work, learn and play and I am passionate about health. Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the core of a healthy, vibrant community. I am excited to work with the Inclusive Impact Institute to build new relationships, across sectors, that advance common goals and affirm commitment to the Principles of Community.



Director of Accessibility and ADA Coordinator at the University of Missouri

As a person with a disability, I am proud to have the opportunity to work with the Inclusive Impact Institute, an organization that values inclusion for persons with disabilities and views disability as an essential component of diversity.



Manager of Diversity and Inclusion at Shelter Insurance Companies

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Principal at Frederick Douglass High School with Columbia Public Schools

I have been involved in equity work all of my career.  This institute is the only organization that I know of that has successfully brought together business and industry, non-profit organizations, public education (K-12), higher education and government in the critical work of equity and inclusion.  This is a COMMUNITY effort.  I want to do my part and I am proud to be involved in this work.

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Senior Leader, Labor and Employment with University of Missouri System

"Be the change you want to see in the world!"  - Gandhi

I enjoy collaborating with local professionals on inclusion, diversity and equity initiatives to develop and promote culturally competent work spaces and communities. 



University of Missouri Health (Department of Psychiatry)

Division Chief of Child Psychiatry and Associate Dean for the School of Medicine

I am on the committee because diversity and inclusion are critical to success in all places (organizations, institutions, the community). One of the roles I serve at the School of Medicine is to enhance diversity and inclusivity within the medical student population.

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Dyneen Shocks

Branch Supervisor and Commerce Bank Inclusion Council Member

“Be the positive change you want to see around you.”