OneSelect Business Spotlight

ACCESS Global Group

With Dr. Shanelle R. Dawson, Principal Owner

“As a woman who represents a diverse background and situation, I think it is vitally important that stories like mine are told. Because there are not a lot of us.” – Dr. Shanelle Dawson, ACCESS Global Group

ACCESS Global Group is a MWBE certified consulting and coaching firm that specializes in assisting organizations in recognizing the value that stems from embracing diversity.

They offer a range of services tailored to meet the specific needs of each client. From conducting comprehensive interviews and assessments to developing customized presentations, workshops, and training opportunities, they work closely with businesses to identify areas where diversity and inclusion can be strengthened. Whether through educational programs, policy development, or cultural awareness initiatives, they aim to create an environment where every voice is heard and valued. –

ACCESS Global Group began as an educational consulting firm, focusing on equity for every student and ensuring students have what they needed to be successful in the classroom. From there, the group expanded its focus more broadly on diversity, equity, and inclusion (D.E.I.) while still in the education sector. ACCESS Global Group then began to expand into all spaces, where any type of organization can use their expertise in project based, people based, and product design.

The group is present in many industries such as manufacturing, life sciences, healthcare, media, telecommunications, government, public service, education, and many more.

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The goal of ACCESS Global Group being present in a variety of industries, is to bring a sometimes-new perspective to those spaces. This new perspective can help companies see blind spots they might not even know exist.

However, not all their services are geared towards D.E.I. For example, ACCESS Global is also a great resource for businesses to ensure company-wide trainings are rolled out correctly and are effective for every employee.

“I had spent the past 20 years telling our company why we didn’t need to do this and now, after these three activities that you and I have done… it’s not what I thought it would be and I regret not doing it sooner.”Attendee, ACCESS Global Group training

Founder, President, and CEO of ACCESS Global Group, Dr. Shanelle R. Dawson began as an educator from Southern California. Combining her expertise in project planning, policies and procedures, onboarding, offboarding, soft skills training, community engagement, community involvement, and her passion for D.E.I. she founded ACCESS Global Group.

“I really do love the work… If one person says to me, ‘hey can I meet with you after the presentation?’ Then I know I said something that resonated with that one person, that’s important to me.”Dr. Shanelle R. Dawson, ACCESS Global Group

Dr. Dawson is personally invested in students representing diverse backgrounds and experiences and supporting them in attending universities with programs they are interested in without being limited by cost.

Dr. Dawson is currently in the process of developing a program called W.E.B. This program focuses on women’s wellness, equity, and business development.

“I believe when women are able to take charge of their circumstances, we can actually transform our communities.”Dr. Shanelle R. Dawson, ACCESS Global Group

Additionally, she is an avid yogi, occasional runner, and a mental health advocate.

ACCESS Global Group is looking forward to growth and expanding the brand in the coming years, one of Dr. Dawson’s biggest goals for the next five years is to, “purchase a five-story building in downtown Syracuse to convert to my office, living space, and other shops.”

“When I think of Upstate, NY, I think of opportunity. I’m not sure I would have opportunity in Southern California. I believe that this area is very welcoming to people willing to bet on themselves and make the world a better place and serve here.”Dr. Shanelle R. Dawson, ACCESS Global Group

ACCESS Global Group has been a client of OneGroup since 2023.

“OneGroup definitely makes life easy.  The ability to have someone(s) assigned to make sure my business and personal needs are met, guide me, and answer questions… it’s amazing.”Dr. Shanelle R. Dawson, ACCESS Global Group

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