#25 – Knowledge+Skills=Options Consulting, LLC

Posted on September 21, 2020

knowledge plus skills equals options consulting

It’s #ELGLHaverford time! We’re pleased to recognize the top 25 local government companies as nominated by ELGL members. Learn more about the Haverford Award, and then check out our website every day this week to learn about five new companies added to the 2020 Haverford Award list.

Contact information:

  • kimberleearchie.com
  • Kimberlee Archie, kimberlee@kimberleearchie.com

Company information:

  • Industry sector(s): Consulting/Analysis
  • Minority/Woman Owned Business: Yes
  • Shared content/expertise with ELGL: No
  • Participated in ELGL events/activities: No

Nomination information:

Describe your work and interactions with the nominee – how have you worked with them, on what projects, and in what capacity?

  • I met Ms. Archie through the Government Alliance on Race and Equity.  As a director who was very new to the equity work, Ms. Archie became a mentor to me to and was integral in me starting our equity work at the City of Gainesville.  In January 2020, Ms. Archie was kind enough to fly to the Gainesville to help us “kick off” our equity work in a conversation we had with our community members. 
  • Ms. Archie was transparent and honest about her work, explaining the successes she had, but also the challenges.  She told us things she wished she had done different when starting off her equity work in Asheville, NC.  She then met with the City’s Equity Core Team, to explain to them the importance of their work as team members to was honest with them about how challenging the work could be, but also how rewarding the work could be.  We got nothing but praises about Ms. Archie’s visit, from elected officials to staff.  Her presence created excitement about the work we were about to embark on.

What was the product/outcome of your relationship with the company?

  • The outcome of Ms. Archie’s visit was one that created that sense of excitement about the equity work we were beginning to start.  We are new to this work and there was a lot of nervousness among all of us.  Ms. Archie made us realize that we are all humans in this work and nothing beats a fail but a try.

What are three words you’d use to describe the company?

  • Dedicated, Skilled, Passionate

Describe the on-boarding process for your work with the company – either when you personally started working with them, or when your organization did. What could someone else in local government know about starting work with this company? 

  • Starting work with this company is easy and non-judgmental.  Ms. Archie understands that with equity work, we are all in different places, and that’s okay.  She makes processes easy to understand, but is also very transparent and will tell you when something may not work.  That is very key to any government organization when spending tax payer dollars.

What’s the most interesting or fun aspect of your work with the company?

  • Working with Kimberlee herself is fun.  She’s super knowledgeable, passionate about what she does and when you leave conversations with her, you leave with a renewed sense of passion for your work.

What is the company’s pricing structure? Please be as descriptive as possible.

  • Structured pricing based on company type and size. 

How has your relationship with the company evolved or changed over time? How has the company reacted to or addressed any changes that your organization has requested in the scope/focus of your work together?

  • Our relationship has grown stronger and we continue to build and create new ways to partner, as we address our City’s equity issues.  Our goal is to continue to contract and consult with Ms. Archie as we continue our equity work. 
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