2016 Year in Review

#HappyNewYear from #BPC! Koolamalsi njoos wuk niiallogamaatit ! Wuli wulahkameew wulahlokayaan wuk wulakkuniimeew!

This is my humble attempt in my Original language (Lunaape-Munsee dialect) to say, “Hello Greetings colleagues, relatives, and friends! It is a beautiful and good day to do good work and say good things!”

BPC’s 2016 has been a bountiful year for us and without the help of many we wouldn’t continue to be successful, have such a good time, learned so much, and helped to support/empower the communities, people, projects, and partners we’re so blessed to collaborate with.

Forgive me if I’ve missed anyone in the video. Hopefully we’ve expressed our gratitude many times and in many ways in 2016. It is with happiness we reflect on our 2016 and look forward to the seeds lovingly planted which will grow in 2017.

#BPC #BeTheChange #SocialJusticeInAction

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NICOLE BOWMAN (Mohican/Lunaape) is the President/Founder of the nationally award winning Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) in Shawano, WI. Nicole has a PhD in Leadership & Policy Analysis from the University of WI-Madison.

The WI Governor’s Excellence in Small Business (the highest award for a minority business in WI) is her most recent award, given in fall 2014. Through Nicole’s academic and professional projects she’s known nationally as a leader in “multi-jurisdictional” research, evaluation, and policy studies that include projects with Native American communities (rural, Reservation, and urban) across public, private, and non-profit sectors. Her consulting work extends into economic development, education, justice, health, culture/language, and human services projects.

As BPC’s (www.bpcwi.com) President, Nicole has provided nearly two decades of culturally responsive and multi-jurisdictional evaluation, research, training and technical assistance.

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view our client listSelected Clients and Partners

Public Sector (Government & Education)

  1. Administration for Children & Families, Tribal Home Visiting,
  2. Arizona State University, AZ
  3. Bowler School District, WI
  4. California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CA
  5. California State University, CA
  6. Cardinal Stritch University, WI
  7. College of St. Scholastica, MN
  8. Congressman Steve Kegan’s Planning Committee, WI
  9. Cooperative Education Service Agency (CESA) #6, WI
  10. Cooperative Education Service Agency (CESA) #12, WI
  11. DC Everest School District, Education Technology, WI
  12. Fox Valley Technical College, WI
  13. Green Bay Public Schools, WI
  14. Green Bay Public Schools, Title VII Indian Advisory Group, WI
  15. Gresham School District, WI
  16. Howard University, Washington DC
  17. Kansas State University, KS
  18. Lakeland Union High School, WI
  19. Lakeshore Technical College, WI
  20. Mid State Technical College, WI
  21. Milwaukee County, Health & Human Services, WI
  22. Milwaukee Public Schools, WI
  23. Minority Business Opportunity Council, WI
  24. Mississippi State, MS
  25. Nicolet Area Technical College, WI
  26. North Central Technical College, Wausau, WI
  27. Northeast WI Technical College, Board Member, Presidential Advisory Committee for Diversity, WI
  28. Northern Arizona University, AZ
  29. Northern Michigan University, MI
  30. Northwestern University, IL
  31. Oklahoma University, OK
  32. Pennsylvania State University, PA
  33. Norbert College, WI
  34. Shawano School District, Title VII Parent Committee, WI
  35. State of MT, Systems of Care, MT
  36. State of WI, Birth to 3 Interagency Coordinating Council, WI
  37. State of WI, Governor’s Interagency Collaborative Council, Quality Assurance Chair, WI
  38. State of WI, Governor’s WI Women’s Council, Appointee, WI
  39. State of WI, Lieutenant Governor’s Educational Achievement Task Force Member, WI
  40. State of WI, Office of Justice Assistance, WI
  41. Tennessee Tech University, TN
  42. University of Wisconsin-Madison, The Board of Regents, WI
  43. S. Administration for Native American Department, Washington DC
  44. S. Center for Disease Control, GA
  45. S. Department of Education, Washington DC
  46. S. Department of Commerce, WI Minority Business Opportunity Council, Advisor, WI
  47. S. Department of Health & Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Washington DC
  48. S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Washington DC
  49. S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Washington DC
  50. S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Education, Washington DC
  51. S. Office of Juvenile Justice, Washington DC
  52. Unity School District, WI
  53. University of Alaska, AK
  54. University of Illinois, Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation & Assessment, IL
  55. University of Kansas Center for Indigenous Nations Studies, Project Advisor, Book Reviewer, KS
  56. University of Maine, ME
  57. University of Minnesota, MN
  58. University of New Mexico, NM
  59. University of Oklahoma, Native American Studies, OK
  60. University of WI-Eau Claire, WI
  61. University of WI-Extension, WI
  62. University of WI-Green Bay, WI
  63. University of WI-Madison, WI
  64. University of WI-Milwaukee, WI
  65. University of WI-Oshkosh, WI
  66. University of WI-Stevens Point, WI
  67. University of WI-System, WI
  68. University of WI-Whitewater, WI
  69. Village of Gresham, WI
  70. Viterbo University, WI
  71. Wausaukee School District, WI
  72. Winter School District, WI
  73. WI Center for Education Research, WI
  74. WI Department of Administration, WI
  75. WI Department of Public Instruction, WI
  76. WI Department of Transportation, 41 Project Advisory Committee, Member, WI
  77. WI Interagency Collaborative Council, Quality Assurance, Chair, WI
  78. WI Office of Justice Assistance, WI


Native American (Tribal Government, Non-Profit, & For Profit)

  1. All Mission Indian Housing Authority, CA
  2. American Educational Research Association, Indigenous People of the Americas, Secretary, Washington DC
  3. American Evaluation Association’s Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation, Special Interest Group, Secretary, MA
  4. American Indian Alaska Native Crime & Justice Research & Criminal Justice Technology Assessment Project, Peer Reviewer, Washington DC
  5. American Indian Chamber of Commerce, Indigenous Education Committee Board Member & Chair, WI
  6. American Indian Chamber of Commerce, First American Capital Corp, WI
  7. American Indian Chamber of Fox Valley, WI
  8. American Indian Science & Engineering Society, NM
  9. College of Menominee Nation, WI
  10. Dennis Hipsher Trucking, Inc, WI
  11. East-West University, Leadership Advisory Board, WI
  12. Forest County Potawatomi, WI
  13. Gedakina Advisory Board, Member, NH
  14. Great Lakes Intertribal Council Inc., WI
  15. Ho-Chunk Nation, WI
  16. Hoopa Valley, CA
  17. Indian Summer Festival, Art/Media Reviewer, WI
  18. Intercultural Leadership Initiative, WI
  19. Journal of American Indian Education, Journal Review Board Member, Editorial Board, AZ
  20. Karuk Tribe, CA
  21. Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, MI
  22. Lac Courte Oreilles, WI
  23. Lac du Flambeau School, WI
  24. Lac du Flambeau Tribal Labor Advisory Committee, WI
  25. Lower Sioux Indian Community, MN
  26. Marlow Martin Logging, WI
  27. Menominee Indian Business Center, WI
  28. Menominee Indian Chamber, WI
  29. Menominee Indian School District, WI
  30. Menominee Indian Tribe, WI
  31. Mohican Family Center, WI
  32. Mooretown Rancheria, CA
  33. National Congress of American Indians: Policy Research Center, Washington DC
  34. National Indian Child Welfare Association, OR
  35. National Indian Education Association, Washington DC
  36. Native American Journalists Association, OK
  37. Native American Management Services, VA
  38. Native Americans in Philanthropy, MN
  39. Native Research Network, UT
  40. Northwoods NiiJii, WI
  41. Oneida Tribe, WI
  42. Pawnee Nation, OK
  43. Sac & Fox Tribe, IA
  44. Saginaw Chippewa Tribe, MI
  45. Seminole Tribe, Native Learning Center, FL
  46. Spotted Eagle Inc., WI
  47. Stockbridge Munsee Tribal Community, WI
  48. Stockbridge Munsee Historical Committee, WI
  49. Susanville Indian Rancheria, CA
  50. Tribal College Journal, CO
  51. Tribal Education Departments National Assembly, CO
  52. Tribal Law & Policy Institute, CA
  53. United South & East Tribes, TN
  54. Waadookodaading Ojibwe Language Charter School, WI
  55. Winds of Change Magazine, CO
  56. Wisconsin Indian Business Alliance, WI
  57. Wisconsin Indian Education Association, WI
  58. Yurok Tribe, CA


Non-Profit/Philanthropic Sector

  1. Alliance for Community Peace, IL
  2. American Civil Liberties Union, NY
  3. American Evaluation Association, MA
  4. American Institute for Research, Washington DC
  5. American Journal of Evaluation, Journal Review Board Member, MA
  6. American Legion Post #117,WI
  7. American Vets, WI
  8. Annie E. Casey Foundation, MD
  9. Aspen Institute, Center for Native American Youth, DC
  10. Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, WI
  11. Great Lakes Industrial History Center, OH
  12. High Scope, MI
  13. Honor Inc.,FL
  14. Institute of Women’s Policy Research, Technical / Scientific Reviewer, WI
  15. Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation, Editorial Board, MI
  16. National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, STEM Equity Pipeline Project, Consultant, PA
  17. National At-Risk Education Network Wisconsin Chapter, WI
  18. National Science Foundation, Grant Reviewer-DRK12, VA
  19. National Small Business Association, Member, DC
  20. New Directions for Evaluation, Editorial Board Member, MA
  21. New North Small Business, WI
  22. Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee, WI
  23. Northwest Area Foundation, MN
  24. MGT of America, FL
  25. Public Allies, Inc., WI
  26. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NJ
  27. Rural Health Initiative of Shawano, WI
  28. SEVA Foundation, CA
  29. Shawano Area Veterans, WI
  30. Shawano Chamber of Commerce, WI
  31. Shawano County Economic Progress Inc., WI
  32. Small Business Development Center, WI
  33. Space Education Initiatives, WI
  34. VFW,WI
  35. K. Kellogg Foundation, MI
  36. WestEd, CA
  37. WI Procurement Institute, WI
  38. Wisconsin Association of School Boards, WI
  39. WI Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, WI
  40. World Hope Foundation, CA


Private Sector

  1. About Learning, Inc., IL
  2. Avar Consulting, Inc., MD
  3. Best & Flanagan Law Office, MN
  4. Cable in the Classroom
  5. Caldwell & Associates, NC
  6. Capitol One, WI
  7. Communication Works, DC
  8. Danya International, MD
  9. Exceed Corporation, MD
  10. Fitnessology, WI
  11. IMPAQ International, Washington DC
  12. Kittleman & Associates LLC,IL
  13. Manhattan Strategy Group, MD
  14. Master Key Consulting, MD
  15. McRel International, CO
  16. National Institute for School Leadership, Washington DC
  17. OPUS International Consultants, Inc., MI
  18. Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation, Advisory Committee Member, MD
  19. Randy Hella & Associates, MN
  20. REAP Change Consultants, CA
  21. Robles-Schrader Consulting, IL
  22. Russell Research, NJ
  23. Sacred Heart School, WI
  24. Shawano Leader, WI
  25. Shope Performance Group, OH
  26. Space Explorers, WI
  27. WestAt, MD


Enjoy this video sample of BPC Projects and Partners.

BPC New Year’s Resolutions!



Low Anxiety and 2015 Goals and Action Plan

leaders journeyHabits of Low Anxiety/Anxiety Free People—An Example to Put this in Action!! (Part III)

By Nicole Bowman, President, Bowman Performance Consulting

*read Part I

*read Part II

Over the last three months I’ve internally made a short list of the top 10 organizations that I have been (and will continue) reaching out to for creating collaborative, long-term, and impactful organizational partnerships. I’ve used the criteria from my previous posts for selection but also have based it on past (the last 15 years) or current work experience with targeted organization, current market trends for needs in industry areas that BPC can serve, and market research on new organizations that meet the criteria, but who BPC has not worked with in the past.

By building organizational partnerships with medium to large scale agencies, I increase my chances to be considered for nationally impactful projects as these organizations are typically given the contract award by funding agencies. I’ve changed my strategy from individual competitor to leveraging past and current relationship to make a bigger future impact on collaborative projects with these larger agencies. My theory is that as more key partnerships and projects are solidified, BPC will have a broader/deeper impact through national projects and can increase capacity, networks, and professional recognition as projects are collaboratively completed, reports are co-authored, and/or presentations or publications are shared activities of BPC’s long-term partners and clients.

So how’s that been working for BPC? It has had some mixed results with securing new long-term partners for various projects (some paid, some volunteer); production of key industry publications and documents; and also some projects that have gotten my hopes up only to be dashed or dropped at the 11th hour for some reason or another beyond my professional control.

Hence, I’m searching for inspiration, processing, and changes in behaviors to increase the positive results of my efforts for 2015. That’s what led me to the “10 Habits of Anxiety Free People” article and this blog. Here are Dan Bischoff’s (Nature’s Sunshine Blogger) 10 habits alongside with BPC’s local application:

10 Habits of Anxiety Free People BPC’s Local Application
1.      Goal Setting In 2015 BPC will identify and reach out to up to 10 key organizational partners to create long-term collaborative opportunities. Of the 10 key organizations BPC will secure and confirm at least 5 new projects in 2015.     2 of these projects will be multi-year projects.
2.      Focus on the Good When an event happens I will not vent to more than one person. Upon venting I will recite at least four positive aspects of my professional life and/or coming from the challenge to reframe. They are: You’ve already identified six organizations you are actively reaching out too.   Since 4th quarter of 2014 you’ve had meetings with four of them and you’ve put in bids with two of them.   You have meetings set up with two new organizations for 1st quarter 2015. You’ve begun to identify at least three new bidding opportunities for new partnerships and are signed up for several procurement databases/list serves so you can review new potential projects daily to share with partners. You’ve updated your subject matter expertise marketing material and you’ve begun to “ask” directly for wanting to partner…moving beyond passive to active. The reasons several bids failed were not due to partnership issues, they were due to highly competitive and more experienced bidding firms. We’ve learned how to do better market research, make our bids more impactful, and have addressed weaknesses for future bids.
3.      Taking Action See above; also new “ask” marketing techniques will be used by asking for testimonials, creating new blogs, creating new vlogs, and following up within the first month and quarter of 2015 with potential partnerships developed in fourth quarter 2014. At last 1 day per week by the BPC President and 1 day per week by BPC org staff will be dedicated to sales, marketing, and follow up with potential new organizational partners. Databases for direct emails will be developed and assigned to 1 key staff at BPC.
4.      Focus on the Present When worrying about the future, I will ask myself what can BPC do today? What is most important to do today? Meditation and walks before or after work or at lunch will help me focus on the present. Use of mantras for being present or mindful will be used when anxiety creeps into my mind. Checking in with BPC staff regularly throughout the day will keep me focused on present day tasks and activities. Working on the low hanging fruit to develop partnerships naturally is the best way and where I’ll focus my energies. I will recognize and be present so I’m not forcing relationships, collaborative bid-work, and/or other opportunities that are not there or have low chances to work out. I’ll ask BPC staff to keep me honest on these “present” activities.
5.      Practice Perspective Determine what is the best and worst case scenario of the situation. Weigh the pros and cons. Consider if the worst is really that bad and get to what scares me (Will I run out of projects/contracts? Is BPC seen as a valuable and credible industry partner?).   If this project didn’t move forward, did I cause it or can I control any of it?   Are there realistic ways to suggest and help it come to fruition? If it is not meant to be, did I respond and handle myself accordingly to look forward to another day/opportunity? How can I communicate effectively that although disappointed I understand and accept? What could BPC do differently next time? I understand that ordinance and governance constraints for procurement, having the right fit organizationally to a potential bid, knowing the market/how competitive it is, and having the right timing, experience and credentials all are very large factors in going for and winning a bid with a collaborative partner. Graciousness in accepting and communicating this will be the key as I continue to look for more opportunities. I’ll also “ask” potential collaborating partner specifically about the types of opportunities they look for when going for a new project. Then I’ll keep my eyes open for it.
6.      Identify Why They Worry Ask myself why am I worried? I’m worried because I want to be engaged on nationally impactful projects with strong partners that have credibility, cultural responsiveness, and large impacts. I want BPC to be seen as a critical subject matter expert as well as a compassionate and collaborative partner to clients/participants. I want to move beyond the stereotypes of a small business so that funders and key partners more regularly look to BPC as an important partner in an initiative. See also #5.
7.      Focus on Solutions See 1-5. Also using immediate past or current projects or products to help promote BPC. These can leverage into new partners or projects as well as being able to share resources through social or other networks. This helps BPC be seen as someone who cares and shares resources on various educational, economic development, and Native American topics. Continuing to focus on today and having faith as the challenges, opportunities, or other activities/contacts that come up EACH DAY are chances to reach out and move 2015 goals forward. Understanding that faith/intention makes this happen as equal partners to planning/execution/hard work.
8.      Practice Confidence When I’m in challenging situations, I know that I can practice self-confidence and trying new things. All action items noted above show new things BPC is trying in 2015. I’m also working on self-confidence away from the office too by taming my inner critic (replace negative self-talk with a positive mantra), reading self-health materials (like the Body-Mind Connection), and seeking out self-confident and positive people at the workplace, socially, at home, and as colleagues.
9.      Take Risks In 2015 I’ve been working on the “ask” part of my sales. I’ve put my guard down more, taken riskier moves (like bold “asking”) but focused on the potential for reward. By asking more with a sincere request, noting where potential partnering organizations are similar in vision to BPC, and doing reflective listening I’ve received better information and invitations to move deeper into four organizational collaborations already in 2015. Additionally by producing an evaluation book chapter that was published by an international publishing agency and through co-PI of a Congressional study or several national reports with larger organizational partners I’ve found my voice a bit more and have increased confidence a little in claiming my subject matter expertise and BPC’s need to find synergistic partners.   By taking the risk to communicate confidently and accurately (not bragging) what BPC brings to the table and that BPC has choices and is looking for similar collaborators has opened several new doors in 2015.
10.  Service, Compassion, & Gratitude BPC provides service by working with and not on people during projects. BPC has given time, resources, and staffing to serve on key initiatives and work groups or boards as needed. BPC writes thank you cards and just because cards to show humility and that we value relationships. BPC has two new initiatives targeted for 2015 to assist community-based projects locally in WI and on one of the Reservations near to BPC’s office. BPC is also committed to mentoring new Indigenous evaluators for 2015-2017 through Nicole’s new American Evaluation Association Indigenous TIG Leadership role as co-Chair of this international Indigenous evaluation group.
Ø  Bonus: Exercise Regularly BPC started a monthly focus for all staff in 2015. In January it is teambuilding through after work yoga classes one time per week.   Each month will be a new focus and the BPC staff will share finding new themes to show collaborative leadership and ownership of healthy initiatives being carried out with the BPC workforce.