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Dr. Keenan Grenell
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Dr. Keenan Grenell is one of the leading speakers who raises the consciousness for strong and visible entrepreneurship, self-determination, diversity and education success. Dr. Grenell is Associate Provost for Diversity at Marquette University. According to Grenell, he has the most interesting job in all higher education. His motto of "never have ordinary days," represents his daily walk.

Grenell is President of Keenan D. Grenell's African-American Entrepreneurship Summit, Inc. The goal of the Summit is to empower African-Americans through entrepreneurship and to create a more comprehensive culture of entrepreneurship in the African-American community. In addition, he is President of the Grenell Development Group, an entrepreneurship literacy, leadership and community/economic development-consulting firm.

Dr. Grenell's achievements are numerous. In September 2004, he served as one of four national experts on the panel session, "Competitive Advantages of Minority Enterprises", for the US Department of Commerce’s MED Week. In November 2003, he successfully coordinated an international entrepreneurship conference in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference was coordinated in partnership with institutions of higher learning in the Western Cape: Cape Technikon, Peninsula Technikon, The University of Stellenbosch and the University of the Western Cape. His keynote provided these institutions, private sector and government with a blueprint for senior partner level entrepreneurial involvement.

In August of 2003, he was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow, at the Institute of Innovation, Creativity and Capital (IC©˜) at the University of Texas at Austin. IC©˜ is one of the leading entrepreneurship, economic development and technology transfer Think Tanks in the world.

Grenell earned a B.A. in Political Science at Tougaloo College in 1981, a Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) from Mississippi State University in 1983, and a Ph.D. in Political Science form Northern Illinois University in 1993. His first book, The Other Path: Restoration of the Entrepreneurial Spirit In Black America is co-edited with Robert Hebert, will be released in later 2005. The book is a compilation of speeches that supports the position that Booker T. Washington articulated in his debate with W.E.B. DuBois that Black advancement in America can best be achieved through education and entrepreneurship.



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Lecture Topics:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Building an Organization of Diversity and Excellence
  • Public Management
  • The Role of the Black Church in the Community
  • Public-private Partnerships
  • Grassroots Economic Development
  • Black Political Thought and Politics










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