Iris Ivana Grant
Traditionally, philanthropy has been thought of as something that the rich fund, the middle class volunteers for, and the poor and needy receive. But philanthropic giving is more than just money. It is a process of creatively giving to others, and in so doing, fulfilling our basic human need to connect with our own humanity. Regardless of socioeconomic status or age, every person can cultivate a philanthropic lifestyle, one that teaches them to live, reach, and stretch themselves in a way that fills them with purpose, love, empathy, and compassion.
Iris Ivana Grant, CEO and President of the Genési Group Inc., facilitates dialogue with for-profit and nonprofit entities in developing strategies that expose areas of benefit not readily identified through traditional models in philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, community engagement, fundraising, and brand awareness. Born in New York City and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Iris’s love for the cultural arts led her to pursue her degree in classical music and audio engineering at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Her career path started at University of Maryland Medical Systems in the Radiation Oncology/Physics Division, where she developed her ability to connect with people from all over the world in support of multi-disciplinary research development for cancer patients. Iris moved to Jacksonville in 2006, where she has become a respected and credible voice in philanthropy who develops strategic partnerships within the for-profit and nonprofit arenas. Currently she serves on several business and advisory boards in Jacksonville and abroad.