Dr. Yvonne Cheek is president of Millennium Consulting Group in Minneapolis, Minn. With her multi-ethnic team of associates, she works with private, public and non-profit organizations to accelerate intentional change. National and local projects in which the firm is engaged include launching bold initiatives, curriculum design, training, strategic planning, creating visions and missions, diversity initiatives, team alignment and trust building, assessments, board governance, employee retention and retreat/meeting facilitation.
One of the highlights of Cheek’s career was co-designing and facilitating a White House conference on Women and Leadership.
Cheek has taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of Puget Sound, directed the citizen education program at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, and was a manager in corporate marketing at Control Data Corporation.
Her past civic involvement includes being a trustee and vice president of the Jerome Foundation and serving on the boards of United Way of Minneapolis, Women Venture, KFAI Radio, Vocal Essence, and the Minnesota Orchestra. Currently she is a founding member of the Greater Twin Cities United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, a member of the Center for Black Philanthropy, and a trustee of the Sundance Foundation as well as the Blandin Foundation.
Cheek was born and raised in rural North Carolina, where she and her sisters still operate the family farm. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and the Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.