For-profit

Make it Plain Consulting

Website:

http://mipcllc.com/

Location:

Cincinnati, Ohio

Founded:

1996

Type:

For-profit DEO Consultancy

President/CEO:

Tommie Lewis

Make it Plain Consulting (Make it Plain) is a for-profit consulting firm that offers trainings for schools and businesses that promote critical race theory-aligned ideas. It advocates for organizations to set equity and diversity standards. [1]

Make it Plain’s services center on achieving diversity and equity standards, including training employees on accommodating the needs of individuals with different cultural identities. [2]

Background

Founded in 1996, Make it Plain Consulting is a far-left consulting firm that promotes equity and diversity standards for businesses. It is located in Cincinnati, Ohio and works globally with schools and businesses to advocate for incorporating left-progressive identity politics into their activities. [3]

Make it Plain has argued that businesses need to train their employees to understand different cultures and identity groups. [4] It also works with companies to develop “inclusion missions” in order to meet equity and diversity goals. [5]

Services

Services offered by Make it Plain Consulting include human resources consulting, workforce training, performance coaching, and “economic inclusion.” [6] In 2019, Make it Plain partnered with the Kenton County School District in Kentucky to develop a three-year plan to set and achieve goals to achieve equitable outcomes for all racial groups. [7]

Make it Plain works with companies to administer “culture assessments” for its employees and customers. It argues that businesses must understand their customers’ and employees’ cultures and organize them into resource groups, then allocate specific resources for each group. [8]

Make it Plain offers training on emotional intelligence to promote critical race theory-aligned diversity and inclusion. It provides training on how employees can “gain understanding and mastery” over their emotions. [9]

Make it Plain also provides life coaching services for individual clients. [10]

Founder

Tommie Lewis is president and CEO of Make it Plain Consulting. For more than 20 years, he has worked in human resources, workforce training, talent management consulting, and performance coaching. He claims to be a specialist in creating “inclusion strategies” and “diversity council performance metrics.” [11]

In 2020, after Congress passed the CARES Act, Lewis used a Paycheck Protection Plan loan to make payroll and hire new employees after allegedly receiving no revenue for two months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lewis criticized the Paycheck Protection Plan for not offering money to business owners or executives. [12]

References

  1. “Make It Plain Consulting.” Parents Defending Education. November 1, 2021. https://defendinged.org/report/make-it-plain-consulting/. ^
  2. “Emotional Intelligence and Diversity.” Make It Plain Consulting. Accessed December 13, 2021. http://mipcllc.com/services/emotional-intelligence-and-diversity/. ^
  3. “Make It Plain Consulting.” Parents Defending Education. November 1, 2021. https://defendinged.org/report/make-it-plain-consulting/ ^
  4. “Cultural Competence.” Make It Plain Consulting. Accessed December 13, 2021. http://mipcllc.com/cultural-competence/. ^
  5. “Inclusion Strategy.” Make It Plain Consulting. Accessed December 13, 2021. http://mipcllc.com/inclusion-strategy/. ^
  6. “Home.” Make It Plain Consulting. Accessed December 13, 2021. http://mipcllc.com/#services. ^
  7. “Statement from KCSD and Make It Plain Consulting.” Scott High School. Accessed December 13, 2021. https://www.kenton.k12.ky.us/scott/News/70289#sthash.1qGye4O2.dpbsv. ^
  8. “Culture Assessments.” Make It Plain Consulting. Accessed December 13, 2021. http://mipcllc.com/services/culture-assessments/. ^
  9. “Emotional Intelligence and Diversity.” Make It Plain Consulting. Accessed December 13, 2021. http://mipcllc.com/services/emotional-intelligence-and-diversity/. ^
  10. “Life Coaching.” Make It Plain Consulting. Accessed December 13, 2021. http://mipcllc.com/life-coaching/. ^
  11. Lewis, Tommie. “Tommie Lewis.” LinkedIn. Accessed December 13, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mipcllc. ^
  12. Seward, Larry. “Cincinnati Small Business Owners Welcome Relief in Paycheck Protection Program Extension.” WCPO. July 2, 2020. https://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/cincinnati-small-business-owners-welcome-relief-in-paycheck-protection-program-extension. ^
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