Gwendolyn Grant, president & CEO of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, is a strong advocate for social and economic opportunity for African Americans and other minorities. In her role as the chief executive officer of the Urban League, she provides leadership, oversight and direction for advancing all Urban League programs and its mission.
Gwendolyn has a broad range of experience in all aspects of business administration, marketing, leadership development, workplace diversity, race relations, and in building and strengthening minority enterprises.
Out of the office, Mrs. Grant serves as President of the Kansas City, Missouri School District Buildings Corporation Board of Directors; She leads the Internal Facilitator Team for the KCMO School District’s community-wide strategic planning initiative; She served on the NonProfit Alliance (formerly known as American Humanics) local Host Committee; She is a member of the MARC Creating Sustainable Places Coordinating Committee; She serves on the Urban Neighborhood Initiative Board of Directors and is a member of the Kansas City Climate Protection Plan Steering Committee. She is a member of the Finance Committee at Friendship Baptist Church; And Ms. Grant is the founder and facilitator for Destination: Wealth Creationä - a financial education and asset development initiative that is designed to teach sound financial principles and create wealth in urban communities; and Project League – a professional development initiative that develops purpose-driven and proactive servant leaders. Grant has served as a member of the Institute for Urban Education Advisory Board; Race Equity – Race Relations Scorecard Advisory Group; Race & Ethnicity Collaborative; the Black Education Council; and she is a graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy. In addition, Mrs. Grant wrote a provocative, socially conscious op-ed column, which was published monthly in The Kansas City Call for three years. Currently, she is a Ruckette on KCPT’s Ruckus Show – a weekly political free-for-all that looks at the news of the day in a lively roundtable about the issues that face Kansas City.
The first female leader in the organization’s 92-year history, Gwendolyn has been leading the Urban League since 2001. She is the co-founder of the League’s Servant Leadership Development Program where she has provided leadership development training for more than 450 emerging leaders. As a co-author of the Afraid of the Dark Dialogue Guide and Workbook, Gwendolyn lectures regularly on the local and national level to help advance the Urban League’s race relations and social justice agenda. Her portfolio of professional/organizational development seminars is extensive. Her credentials include a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Park University and an Executive Fellows MBA from Rockhurst University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Mrs. Grant is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, which include the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Community Service Award, Blacks In Government Outstanding Community Service Award, United Minority Media Association Leadership Award, Martin Luther King – King Dream Conference Woman of the Year, the William F. Yates Medallion for Distinguished Service, Excellence in Public Education Award – KCMO School District, Heartland Muslim Council Public Service Award, Kansas City Church Women United Human Rights Award, and the National Urban League’s Whitney M. Young Leadership Award for Advancing Racial Equity to name a few.