Vice-President of Nooney Unlimited, LLC, an international economic development, exporting and consulting corporation, and Vice-President of Business Development and Marketing for ACRE International Inc.
||Margy E. LaFond
Margy LaFond is acting Executive Director of the Center for Business Inclusion and Diversity. Prior to joining CBID, she was the CEO of LaFond & Associates, a business development, marketing, communications and public relations consultancy for woman and minority owned businesses, as well as Executive
She took early retirement from a 28-year career with Federal and State governments, culminating in her appointment to the Senior Executive Service as Associate Commissioner for Communications at the Social Security Administration, and Senior Consultant for the Maryland Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs.
At the Social Security Administration, she led a staff of more than 100 public affairs specialists, Internet professionals, graphic artists and video producers to educate the American Public about Social Security’s programs. She was also responsible for communicating agency goals and initiatives to Social Security’s 65,000 employees. She led the development of tools and strategies that raised the public’s understanding of Social Security’s programs from 67-78% in less than two years (as measured by Gallup surveys). Additionally, she led the production of two Emmy-award winning public service announcements and the development of a monthly E-newsletter that won numerous awards and became the third most subscribed to newsletter in the world.
In her role as Senior Consultant for the Maryland Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs, she provided advice to new political appointees about leading and managing change in government agencies. Additionally, she assisted in formulating mission statements, visions, goals, objectives, designing new programs, assigning priorities and determining resource needs for the redesigned Office of Minority Affairs. She was also press officer/communications director/spokesperson for the Special Secretary and staffed the Governor’s Commission of Minority Business Reform, chaired by Lt. Governor Michael Steele. Further, she provided technical assistance to Maryland legislators in drafting two pieces of landmark legislation that were unanimously passed. This legislation provides unprecedented opportunities for Maryland’s small and minority business community.