LCG Founder and CEO Conrad Kenley is the honorary recipient of the 2021 Wilbur Parker Distinguished Alumni Award from the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and Alumni Affairs at the Johnson Graduate School presented the award during its 11th Annual Johnson Diversity Alumni Awards ceremony, held virtually on Feb 18, 2021
Wilbur Parker was the first African-American MBA to Graduate in 1950 from Cornell and the inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Johnson’s Black Graduate Business Association in 2003, subsequently named in his honor. The Wilbur Parker Award recognizes African-American alumni from the Johnson Graduate School of Management who demonstrate outstanding professional achievement and commitment to their community.
Conrad started his career at Arthur Andersen as an auditor after graduating from the Cornell Johnson Business School in 1975 with an MBA in engineering. Conrad has held several Executive Leadership positions at multiple firms, including American Express, MCI Communications, and Merrill Lynch. Conrad founded LCG in 1990 with the objective of brining innovative & emerging technologies for business operations supporting Federal Missions. In his award acceptance speech, Conrad quotes:
“I urge you to think about how you will stay agile, innovate, and evolve,” said Kenley. “One thing is for certain: Change is inevitable, and you will need to keep preparing yourself for further change.”
Conrad also quoted:
“You will need a work/life balance, you can’t get any more time and have you a lot of living to do.”
Conrad is deeply involved in multiple charities supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota, FL, the American Heart Association, and the NIH Children’s Inn.
Conrad has a passion for Jazz Music, history and education. He has been on the DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) board of directors since 2006 and as Chairman since 2016. DCJF is a non- profit organization bringing affordable Jazz education and performances to the Washington, DC area for students of all ages.
Click here to watch a recording of the 11th Annual Diversity Alumni Awards ceremony.