Strategic Restructuring Consultant

Consultant Details:

Contact: John Weiser
Name of Firm: BWB Solutions
Language Spoken: English
Website/LinkedIn URL: https://bwbsolutions.com/

Consultant Expertise

Communications strategy & rebranding/marketing, Facilitation of exploratory/negotiation phase, Facilitation of integration planning, Financial due diligence/integration, HR integration, IT/systems integration, Wind-down and dissolution

Program Areas

Arts and Culture, Community and Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health, Human Rights, Human Services, Philanthropy

Number of Individuals in Firm:

3

Names and Titles of Individuals in Firm:

John Weiser,
Partner
Mike Burns,
Partner
Kevin McQueen,
Partner

Firm or Consultant Address:

428 YALE AVE

RFQ Contact Name:

John Weiser

RFQ Contact Phone:

Geographic area currently served by firm (select all that apply):

USA

How would you describe the range of diversity reflected in your firm’s consultants and leadership (or self, if sole practitioner)?

Among our consultants, we have diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity, and race. We believe that cultural competency is extremely important for excellent client service. Having a culturally competent team improves the rapport with the clients, ensures that the team is able to understand and respond to situations in a nuanced way, and co-create with the clients a plan for action that has a high degree of commitment from the clients. Our primary method for ensuring cultural competency is having members of the team reflect the diversity of the clients and communities that we serve. Teams may include both Opportunities Exchange staff and other consultants as required to ensure cultural competence.

Please describe your mission, values, and approach:

Mission: BWB Solutions strengthens organizations committed to social change. Approach: We engage our clients in co-creating their strategy and implementation plans.

What expertise or perspective do you bring to organizations looking to ground their collaboration practices in values of diversity, equity, and inclusion?

Because we are a small firm, we have focused our efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion on assisting our subcontractors who are BIPOC to start and grow their firms. Over the past 10 years, we have assisted three women of color to start and expand their consulting practices.

Please describe your ideal engagement. Feel free to include issue area and scope of project:

Two or more organizations that have aligned missions and deep respect for each other’s work face challenges that can best be addressed through a strategic partnership or collaboration.

How many strategic restructuring projects have you or your firm been involved with?

Ten

Please describe your fee structure:

$275 per hour for partners; $200 per hour for senior consultants; $125 per hour for consultants

What percentage of your clients are within the nonprofit sector?

100%

Are you open to remote engagements?

Yes

Briefly describe 1-3 examples of restructuring projects with which you have been involved. Please name all participating organizations. (Please prioritize NSI-funded and/or LA-based organizations).

Early Learning Alliance: we assisted 11 child care centers to create the Early Learning Alliance, a joint entity through which the centers share information, professional development, fundraising, and joint purchasing. The child care centers are located in South Central Los Angeles, Compton, Watts, Inglewood, and Long Beach. The centers provide early care and education services, primarily to children ages 0 -5. Most of the families served are low-income. We provided research and information on Shared Services to the child care centers. We facilitated meetings of directors of the child care centers as they chose a mission and developed a governance structure for the Early Learning Alliance, and then went on to determine the initial set of services to be shared. Finally, we assisted the directors to create the Shared Services Plan, which details roles, responsibilities, services, costs and funding.

Add any other information you feel would aid in understanding the value you or your consulting firm can bring to a strategic restructuring exploration or implementation process:

We are client-centered and engage deeply with staff and Board of the organizations we serve. Our goal in strategic restructuring is to create a vision and plan that has broad support among the staff and Board of the organizations participating in the reorganization.

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