President and CEO of the Urban League of Kansas City Gwendolyn Grant to Present Keynote Address at Park University Commencement
April 24, 2018 — Gwendolyn Grant, president and chief executive officer of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, will present the keynote address at her alma mater during Park University’s Kansas City Area Commencement on Saturday, May 12. The ceremony will be held at the Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W. Walnut in Independence, Mo., starting at 10 a.m.
The event will include 628 Park University students eligible to graduate and participate in the ceremony — 285 students are set to receive a master’s degree and/or graduate certificate, and 343 students are scheduled to receive a bachelor’s degree, associate degree and/or undergraduate certificate.
Grant became the first female leader of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City in 2001. In her role with the ULGKC, she provides leadership, oversight and direction for advancing the programs and the mission of the organization, and she advocates for social and economic opportunities for African-Americans and women in the Kansas City region. Grant also promotes the Urban League’s race relations and social justice agenda.
Grant founded Destination: Wealth Creation, a financial education and asset development program that is designed to teach sound financial principles and create wealth in urban communities, and Personal Pathways to Powerful Leadership for Women, a professional development institute for emerging and seasoned female leaders, both initiatives of the ULGKC. In addition, Grant co-founded the Urban League’s Servant Leadership Development Program. She currently serves as president of the Kansas City, Mo., School District Buildings Corporation Board of Directors, and is a member of a variety of other community boards and committees, including Park’s Civic Advisory Council.
Grant earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Park in 1994 and an Executive Fellows Master of Business Administration degree from Rockhurst University. She has been honored by numerous local and national organizations, including the National Urban League with the Whitney M. Young Leadership Award for Advancing Racial Equity.