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Shirley McGill

Shirley McGill is an Educational/Management Consultant, with 18 years of service to the Outward Bound USA National office, working in the following centers:

  • New York at the New York City Outward Bound Center
  • Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center in Boston, MA
  • Former Pacific Crest Outward Bound School in Redmond, Oregon
  • Former Voyageur Outward Bound School in Ely, MN
  • North Carolina Outward Bound School in Morganton, North Carolina
  • Canada Outward Bound Wilderness Education School in Berk’s Falls, Canada.  

McGill designed Urban Education Programs curriculum used by Outward Bound to address staff and organizational issues of Diversity, Urban Education, and Instructor/Staff Professional Development.  Curricular models designed include those focused on:

  • Urban Exploration
  • Teacher’s Training
  • Staff Retreats
  • Community-based organization (CBO’s) personnel training
  • Corporate executive team building
  • Multicultural education
  • Public, private, independent, and graduate school student leadership development programs 
  • Pilot programs for youth, urban youth, women and girls, black and Latino males, and business and community leaders.  

Her work gave rise to the development of the TIOBEC flagship program, CHOICES: An Urban Outward Bound Expedition, which generated $1.5 million dollars annually for TIOBEC from the program’s 1997 inception until its demise in 2007, totaling $15 million dollars over the 10-year period Shirley CO-facilitated mandatory staff professional development.  The Choices program served 850 Boston public school students annually 

As an Outdoor Adventure Educator, Shirley served as Educational Consultant to the New York Central Park Conservancy for 10 years, where she was responsible for the development of the Central Park Challenge, the Park’s outdoor adventure program for execs, teachers, cbo personnel, and urban youth.  Shirley served as Curricular Designer and Instructor of Challenge courses.  She was also responsible for the Design and Facilitation of Central Park Conservancy’s Recreation Department Instructor   Staff Training.  

Shirley’s clients also include Passages Northwest, The Children’s Defense Fund, and the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, among others.  Shirley McGill is a Reformist Leader in Education in this country in the Outdoor Education, Management Consulting, and Diversity arenas.