Stephen McDow II, Director of Membership, Outreach and Education at the Keystone Development Center
Tune in to WOL 1450 AM, Thursday, June 20, 10:30 a.m. for Everything Co-op, hosted by Vernon Oakes. This week Vernon interviews Stephen R. McDow II, Director of Membership, Outreach and Education at the Keystone Development Center (KDC). Vernon and Stephen will discuss the challenges of rural and urban development, and how to address issues of diversity in cooperatives.
Stephen R. McDow II has dedicated his life to bringing together rural and urban America for the purposes of achieving an inclusive economy. He firmly believes that any approach to diversity must be deliberate, but he also feels the challenge is the need a identify a validator who relates to the individuals you are trying to connect with.
When discussing the challenges of diversity in cooperatives Stephen states; “I think oftentimes, we are so siloed in our communities that we don’t see the similarities – but the equaliser is co-ops, because they can address these challenges. And the approach is the same: encouraging everyone to care for the community and participate in a democratic process.”
Previously, Stephen managed membership and stakeholder relations for the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA CLUSA) and handled membership outreach and retention for the Montgomery County Medical Society (MCMS) and MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society.
Vernon Oakes is President of Oakes Management Inc. As President, he has renovated and managed his own properties, and those owned by other entities since 1985. Mr. Oakes is the immediate past president of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives and serves on several boards to advance the interests of cooperatives. He formerly served as coordinator of the MBA program at Howard University and is an MBA graduate of Stanford University, who has used his business acumen to benefit the community by providing quality housing for all populations. Vernon is a consummate advocate for cooperatives.
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Produced by Pat Thornton
Sponsored by National Cooperative Bank