Granite State News Collaborative Granite State News Collaborative Sharpens Diversity Focus Through Organizational Ignition


September 9, 2022

Contact: Melanie Plenda
(603) 762-3302

Granite State News Collaborative Sharpens Diversity Focus

The Granite State News Collaborative (GSNC) announced it will continue to sharpen its focus on diversity in the Granite State by partnering with Organizational Ignition, LLC to engage in conversations that will foster a deeper understanding of the issues involved and the ways we can become a more perfect union.

In April 2021, The Collaborative, which is a partnership of more than 20 local news, education and community organizations, launched its multi-year Race and Equity Initiative which aims to: highlight the stories of historically marginalized communities in New Hampshire; work with them to amplify their voices; investigate the impacts of systemic inequities; and, rigorously report potential solutions to address the inequities that exist.

As part of this work, partners in The Collaborative are committed to not only reporting on these issues, but examining the way we report on these issues as well as our own internal work cultures.

The first set of conversations will help Collaborative partners better investigate and report issues related to diversity. Subsequent conversations will involve the general public in communities across the state. Collaborative Director Melanie Plenda says, “These conversations will help us delve more deeply into the challenges and opportunities diversity brings to New Hampshire. We are excited about leveraging the expertise of Organizational Ignition to become better reporters. This is a tremendous opportunity to improve how we co-produce and coordinate solutions-focused coverage of the topic.”

Organizational Ignition Managing Partner James McKim stated, “These conversations are a natural and powerful way to understand the impact of diversity on our society as our state demographics change. The Collaborative has already played a major role in helping our citizens begin to understand that impact. This partnership will help us all gain a better understanding of the changing nature of our state and of ourselves”

Funding for the workshops was made possible through a grant to The Granite State News Collaborative from The Endowment for Health. Partners in the Granite State News Collaborative include:

603 Diversity, The Berlin Sun, Business NH Magazine, The Business Journal of Greater Keene, Brattleboro and Peterborough, The Concord Monitor, The Conway Daily Sun, The Eagle Times, The Eagle-Tribune, The Keene Sentinel, The Laconia Daily Sun, Manchester Ink Link, The Marlin Fitzwater Center at Franklin Pierce University, The Nashua Telegraph, NH Bar News, NH Business Review, NH PBS, NH Public Radio, The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, Seacoast Media Group and The Valley News



The Granite State News Collaborative is a collective of nearly 20 local media, education and community partners working together to produce and share news stories on the issues that most impact our state. The hope is that together we can provide more information to more communities across New Hampshire than we could individually. We specialize in in-depth, investigative, solutions and accountability reporting on the issues that impact Granite Staters most.   



Organizational Ignition is a management consulting firm dedicated to helping

organizations reach and sustain their ignition point through the integration and

alignment of business processes, people, and technology. Our unique approach puts a

special emphasis on strategic use of diverse human capital and transformational


NH Women’s Bar Event: A Path to a More Diverse Bar

The New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association and the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Gender Equality Committee are hosting their second After Hours Networking Event.

This event will feature a panel discussion moderated by James McKim focused on what steps the bar, needs to take to better reflect the diversity of the varied communities served by the Bar.

All attendees in-person must be fully vaccinated, but masks are optional. Registration is required and space is limited. Register today to guarantee a seat!

Announcing Organizational Performance Through DEI Series Fall/Winter 2022-2023

We are happy to share that we finally have dates for our Fall/Winter 2022-2023 Organizational Performance Through DEI series. It took a bit longer than we anticipated because I was coordinating dates with the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits and the Manchester Chamber of Commerce who will be series sponsors.
This is a more structured series than last year’s series. It will have two tracks. The first track – Starting Off Tactics – will be for those who have just recently begun to focus on DEI. The second track – Advanced DEI Strategies – will be for those who have a DEI Committee and have made some progress but want to advance their efforts even further.
The series will begin on October 6, 2022 and end March 16, 2023. To register for any of the 12 sessions in the series, visit our Organizational Performance Through DEI Seminar Series registration page.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please visit our Sponsorship Opportunities page or contact me at James…
We can, also, deliver any of these sessions exclusively for your organization. Please spread the word about this series and let us know if you have any questions.

What Is Digital Transformation

Are you curious as to what “digital transformation” is? Or how it can benefit you?

Listen to James McKim being interviewed recently by Flo Nicholas on her show Get Tech Smart.

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The Diversity Factor in Institutions & Society – Thursday, August 4th at 5:30 PM

Diversity is a popular topic these days.  But many say that diversity is difficult to achieve. Others say that diversity is not an issue here in New Hampshire. Who is right? And how do we reconcile these different perspectives?

Bring your questions about diversity and hear James McKim, author of The Diversity Factor: Igniting Superior Organizational Performance (who also serves as Chair of the Episcopal Church Executive Committee Council on Anti-Racism and Reconciliation and President of the Manchester NAACP)  lead a fascinating discussion about how New Hampshire and the United States are grappling with diversity in institutions and organizations.

Date: Thursday, August 4, 2022
Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: Bookery Manchester, 844 Elm St., Manchester, NH (View map)
Cost: Free


  • Remarks about diversity (demographics of NH and the US)
  • Diversity: good or bad for institutions, organizations, and society
  • Myths about diversity
  • Q&A
  • Book Signing