ariel shivers-mcgrew:

A published author, counselor, advocate, entrepreneur, and military veteran, Ariel possesses the ability to show up with authenticity, vulnerability, and courage.  Her unrelenting passion and commitment to empowering others to drive important social initiatives forward with agility and focus make her a sought after leader in many areas.

High Impact Presenter and Business Development Expert – Ariel is a returning media guest to conversation topics stemming from Women and Veterans, Diversity and Inclusion, Personal Development, and Entrepreneurship.  Ariel was recognized as Woman Veteran of the Year (2019) and her accolades include Miss Veteran America, Semi-Finalist (2017), and Miss Black Utah (2010).

As Founder and CEO of Tactful Disruption, LLC, Ariel is a scholarly practitioner who is on a mission to “boldly edit workplace italics”.  Ariel’s innovative approach to elevate and advocate for military, millennials, and minorities are the vision for Tactful Disruption – a strategic resource at the intersection of mental health and career development related to diversity and inclusion shortcomings.

Ariel holds a master’s in arts in Counseling (Clinical Mental Health) and is successfully pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Business Psychology (Consulting).  She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP).  She is certified in Workforce Trends and Equity, and Nonprofit Leadership,  Non-profit Leadership Alliance ™, a GrowthWheel Advisor, GrowthWheel Inc ©, High Impact Presenter, Gale Carnegie ® Certified Veteran Peer Specialist, Depression, and Bipolar Alliance ™, and Mental Health and First Aid, Mental Health FirstAid England ™


Ariel is also a proud parent of a creative and independent-minded young daughter and is a contributing member of civil rights and social action organizations in her native Chicagoland communities.

Learn more about Ariel:

·         Brancu, M, & Shivers-McGrew, A. (2019). Achieving Gender Diversity and Inclusivity; A QuickStart Guide.

·         Shivers-McGrew, A (2019). Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence for Victim Advocates. Rainbow Ark Shelter. Gary Commission for Women.

·          Shivers-McGrew, A., & Lewis, R. (2019). US Foods: Illinois Diversity Council Lunch and Learn. Featured guest speaker, 9399 W. Higgins Rd #100, Rosemont, IL 60018

  • WGN Radio. (2020). The Anna Davlantes Show – Illinois Joining Forces. [Radio programme].  Radio 720.

  • WCIU – The U. (2020). The Jam – Hiring Vets. [TV programme].  Channel 26.   

  • Shivers-McGrew, A., Tanacea, G., Morris, J., & Pescetto, M. (2019). Tech Diversity and Veterans. Panelist, OppLoans, 130 E. Randolph St., Suite 3400, Chicago, IL 60603

  • Shivers-McGrew, A. (2019). YWCA Youth safety and Violence Prevention. Keynote Speaker, 2300 S. Millard Ave., Chicago, IL 60623

  • Shivers-McGrew, A. (2019). Smart Policy Works: Women Veterans Roundtable. Military Culture 101, Springfield, IL. 

  • Shivers-McGrew, A. (2019). YWCA:  Women Veterans Empowered. Keynote Speaker, 7200 S. Ingleside Ave, Chicago, IL 60619. 

  • WCIU – The U. (2019). The Jam – Making Veterans Dreams Come True. [TV programme].  Channel 26.   

  • Bunker Labs. (2018). ​The Breakdown EP 23: Guest Seth Jordan from Dog Tag Brewing [Video].  Retrieved from ​​

  • Bunker Labs. (2018). ​The Breakdown EP 37: Entrepreneurship in the MilSpouse Community with Moni Jefferson [Video]. Retrieved from

  • Bunker Labs. (2018). ​The Breakdown EP 38: Marjorie K. Eastman on Her Book and Why All Veterans Should Write One [Video]. Retrieved from

  • Bunker Labs. (2018). ​The Breakdown EP 44: What is a Certified Veteran-Owned Business with Keith King [Video]. Retrieved from ​​ 

  • Bunker Labs. (2018). ​ The Breakdown EP 46: Developing a Physical Product at mHub Chicago [Video]. Retrieved from ​​

  • Bunker Labs. (2018). ​The Breakdown EP 54: Mary Couzin, Founder of Chicago Toy and Game Week and Serial Inventor [Video]. Retrieved from 5942/?type=1 

  • Bunker Labs. (2018). ​The Breakdown EP 56: Jesse Nunez, Founder, Elite Amateur Fight League [Video]. Retrieved from

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  • Pettway, A. (2018, September). The Military Divide. ​Insight into Diversity. Retrieved from 

  • Shivers-McGrew, A. Dolan, J., & Altenburg, B. (2018, November). ​Grainger Veterans Symposium. Panelist, Grainger, 100Grainger Parkway, Lake Forest, IL 60045. 

  • Shivers-McGrew, A., Coffey, B., Conda, K., & Schaeffer, K. (2018). ​Illinois Veterans Summit:  Elevate, Empower, Employ our Veterans. Panelist, Groupon, 600 W. Chicago Avenue 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60654. 


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