(Don't tell my niece that I cropped her out.)
From a young age, I have always been fascinated with technology and the role it plays in making companies and projects successful.
In my teens, I built websites for high school bands, my own (failed) projects, and eventually local businesses. As time went by, my ability to create worthwhile things on the internet improved.
College, from my perspective, was an opportunity to round out my skill set. I knew I wanted to be a key part of something important, I just wasn't sure what. In my fifth year of undergraduate studies, I stumbled upon a small nonprofit called "I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation."
As I approached college graduation, with 8 years of work as a Pharmacy Technician behind me, life as a nonprofit employee seemed to be more and more of a reality. Upon graduation in 2010, I was hired as employee #2 of what would eventually become "Stupid Cancer."
It was Stupid Cancer that gave me the opportunity to use my technological curiosity for the benefit of an underserved population. Unlike the projects of my teens, I finally had the ingredients to really grow as an operations technologist, in parallel with the growth of the organization.
Along my journey with Stupid Cancer, I was named 2013 "Nonprofiteer of the Year" by the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of New York City. Almost immediately after, I became actively involved with YNPN-NYC, serving as Partnerships Chair and then Board Chair.
After nearly 7 years, 5 cross-country awareness road trips, a few hundred podcasts, and a heaping amount of lessons learned, I left New York City and Long Island for Austin, TX in summer 2016.
When I arrived in Austin, I assumed the role of CEO of Testicular Cancer Foundation (TCF). It was a humbling opportunity to take on a role in a disease-specific area that affected my family to the core. When I was a high school senior in 2005, my father had been diagnosed, treated, and got back to life as usual after a diagnosis of stage 2b Testicular Cancer.
Shortly after my start as CEO of TCF, I began consulting for FIRMSPACE, an upscale professional workplace that offers different configurations of office suites with high-end amenities.
In early 2018, I was promoted to Director of Operations and oversee all the daily in and outs of the organization, making sure employees and members alike have everything they need to be successful in the space.
I've been able to merge my experience in the cancer world with my tech interests by co-founding GRYT Health, with several of my BFF's from the cancer world. GRYT exists to dive deeper into improving outcomes through technology and research.
In all, I've found that technology efficiencies can be applied to everyday life, making the complicated less complicated and the most herculean challenges only a matter of time.
When I am not working, you can find me enjoying time with family, riding my motorcycle, or reading the first couple of pages of business books before getting bored and putting them down.
Please feel free to reach out and let me know how I might be able to help you.
Kenny is able to translate information into actionable, educational content that speaks to other business owners in their own language and help them succeed.
–Tracey Wallace, Editor @ BigCommerce
Many non-profits are time and cash constrained. Kenny's writing teaches non-profits how to operate efficiently and best put their limited resources to use.
— Wade Foster, CEO @ Zapier
Kenny has a unique ability to educate, encourage and motivate change through his writing. His insights not only inspire greatness, but help businesses of all sizes find a clearer path to success.
— Brooke Beach, CEO @ Marketwake