Wanda is …..
Wanda L. Everson Gross is accomplished professional with a combined 35+ years of experience in higher education, corporate management, proposal/grant writing, organizational gap analysis, strategic solutions development and implementation, training, management of projects and people, and entrepreneurship.
A graduate of Eastern Michigan University (EMU), she is a founding member of the EMU Black Alumni Association which recently celebrated 35 years of granting scholarships and mentoring opportunities to minority students at the University.
Wanda moved to North Fulton in 1985 and immediately became an active member of Zion Missionary Baptist Church. In 1991, Ms. Gross established the Richard B. Gross Scholarship at the church, in honor of her late husband, Deacon Richard B. Gross. Each year since its inception, high school seniors have been awarded scholarships as they pursue their post-secondary goals. Also, for over 30 years, Wanda has faithfully served in Zion’s music ministry and is its longest serving choir director. She has participated in many inter-denominational musical programs in the City of Roswell, including the 1996 Olympic Torch Run and the first Roots Festival.
As an entrepreneur, Ms. Gross has owned Eclectic Prints, where she sold art to private collectors. She is the CEO of W L E Gross LLC, an eleven year old independent consulting firm focused on the growth and sustainability of nonprofit and for-profit organizations through identifying funding opportunities based
an organization’s mission and vision; capturing and positioning clients’ capabilities in quality proposals; conducting gap analyses to identify areas of inefficiencies; and developing and implementing strategic solutions to attain organizational goals.
One of company’s strategic partners is Power Source International Inc. (Calvin Asbury, CEO), where together they accomplished a 100% win rate for multiple USDA Energy Renewal grants for clients.
Wanda is a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) and a Certified Suicide Prevention Trainer; an alumni of Kennesaw State University’s Excel Leadership and the Small Business Association’s Premier Development Program for Women-Owned Businesses. She is a recipient of the multiple awards to include the Spirit of Detroit Award for outstanding achievement and service to the citizens of Detroit,
the National Association of Professional Women’s Woman of the Year Award, and the Woman of Impact Award in Education from the Northwest Georgia Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (a national organization that works as a change agent to influence policy that promotes gender equity in health, education and economic empowerment). She has also served on several boards of directors.
Ms. Gross is the current Director of the University System of Georgia’s African-American Male Initiative. Its mission is to recruit, retain and graduate more minority males from colleges and universities throughout the state. She is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. an international service organization with over 300,000 members and serves as a National Arts & Letters Commissioner.