Nick Ford, CDE, CCF, CCA (He/Him/His)


Nick is from Cedar Rapids, IA. He is a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE)®, Certified Culture Facilitator (CCF), and Certified Culture Assessor (CCA). After graduation from high school, Nick served 21 years in the United States Navy in their Nuclear Power Program. He started his career as an enlisted member and worked his way up the ranks and retired honorably after successfully serving as a Limited Duty Officer. With over 30 years of leadership and training experience, Nick became a Master Training Specialist while in the Navy. He gained valuable experience in root cause analysis and change management, key leadership skills that he parlayed into his passion for aiding organizations in transforming cultures through DEI&B. After several years working in the private sector, Nick went back to college and received a BA in Business administration with honors from Coe College. He is a Sigma Beta Delta national honor society member.

Nick served in numerous management positions during his Navy Career. In addition to the operation, maintenance, and oversight of nuclear reactors, he was also responsible for the operations, safety, and navigation of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in and out of combat areas.

Nick has worked with thousands of individuals from many diverse backgrounds and cultures. He is a staunch advocate for individuals being able to achieve their highest potential regardless of cultural and societal barriers. He strongly believes in the social and economic benefits of diversity and inclusion being incorporated in every aspect of our lives.

Nick has volunteered and served on several boards with various non-profit enterprises aiding and assisting in the development of youth in Cedar Rapids