The Extraordinary Think And Do (TANDO) Tank
Keenan D. Grenell
entrepreneurship & economic development
organizational change
strategic planning
supplier diversity
wealth creation ecosystems

An organizational change evangelist and multi-facet researcher, Keenan is the CEO and a founding partner of Global Capital Group, LLC an entrepreneurship and economic development consulting firm located in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.  Under his leadership, the firm has provided market research, analysis, and strategy planning for Fortune 500 companies, local governments, non-profits, small businesses, and institutions of higher learning.

Keenan is also the Executive Director of the Manufacturing Diversity Institute (MDI) a 2016 Small Business Administration (SBA) National Growth Accelerator Award winner. Through MDI, Keenan helps to prepare individuals from under-served communities to succeed in manufacturing careers and businesses.

Keenan currently serves as the Administrator for the Business Connection Module of The Business Council (TBC). TBC is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin based 501(c)3 which assist minority-owned businesses by fostering collaborations and accessing corporate chains.  As Administrator, Keenan developed, oversees, and delivers the Module’s curriculum for participating minority business enterprises and participating corporations.

Keenan has been an administrator and tenured faculty member at three top U.S. News and World Report institutions of higher learning.  He is the former vice president and dean of diversity and associate professor of Africana Studies at Colgate University.  Keenan served as associate provost for diversity and associate professor of political science at Marquette University.  Keenan also served as interim assistant provost for the office of multicultural affairs, director of the master of public administration program, and associate professor of political science at Auburn University.

Keenan is co-editor of the book, Entrepreneurship in South Africa and the United States: Comparative Studies (The Edwin Mellen Press, 2008). In addition to several published articles in academic journals and book chapters, Keenan has over 110 papers, presentations, and keynotes in the area of minority entrepreneurship and economic development, supplier diversity, wealth creation ecosystems, innovation, public administration, diversity in higher education, leadership, and management.

Keenan earned a BA in Political Science from Tougaloo College, a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University.  Keenan is Certified as a Strategic Research Team (SRT) Team Leader as part of the Economic Gardening Professional Certification through the Center for Economic Gardening in the Edward Lowe Foundation.

Keenan is the former President of the Board of Directors for the 30th Street Industrial Corridor an area that was the centerpiece of Milwaukee’s industrial legacy, co-founder and former President of Legacy Foundation which is Wisconsin’s largest private black owned foundation, a member of the Board of Directors for the Milwaukee Regional Innovation Center, Inc., a member of The Century Foundation and Urban Manufacturing Alliance Industry and Inclusion National Advisory Board, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Innovation Academy (WIA).

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Liz Brailsford
Shunsuke Managi
Manhar Singh
Sharif Uddin Ahmed Rana
Mohan Nair
Steven T. Walsh
Nathan “Nth” Bar-Fields
Sahil Gupta
T.W. Kang
David Wimberly
Russell Kalmacoff
Ruzanna Tarverdyan
Finn Kydland
Manuel Heitor
Paul M. Joyal
John Sibley Butler (1989)
Art Markman (2005)
John N. Doggett (1989)
Ning Zhang
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