Last name: Grant Bennett
Place of birth/where you grew up: Born in El Paso, Texas. Raised in Fayetteville
Where do you live now? Fayetteville
Employer: Google and Project Two-Six
Position Title: At Google, I work as a human resources associate. I’m in Google’s Human Resources Associate program, a two-year rotation program for recent college graduates. Now in my second and final rotation, I work as an Operations and Analytics Specialist within the Stay & Thrive team. I help analyze and share information to improve the Googlers’ experience. I am also the founder and executive director of the Two-Six project. The Two-Six Project is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization that serves as an exposure incubator for initiatives including, but not limited to, scholarships, educational programs, sports, among other media.
Who are your immediate family members? father, Donald Bennett; his mother, Dr. Rondell Bennett; brothers, Demetreus Bennett and Isaiah Bennett; and her sisters, Courtney Heikilla and Alexis Bennett
Education: Pine Forest High School (2016); Morehouse College (2020)
What community and professional groups are you affiliated with? Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated; Clinton Global Initiative panelist; Nike HBCU Yardrunner 2021 (Morehouse College); Adobe HBCU Max Content Series – Executive Producer; Associated with the Identity, Art and Democracy Research Laboratory
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What are your guiding principles? My mission is to constantly embody the unlimited and to promote true programs of freedom.
How do you volunteer in the community? My non-profit organization, Project Two-Six, allows me to invest in the next generation of leaders in Fayetteville. Our mission is to develop leaders from marginalized communities through intentional programs and scholarship. Our programming serves as a vehicle for exhibiting personal growth opportunities for our attendees. Since our founding in 2019, we’ve been able to invest over $40,000 in community programs and partner with brands like Dreamville and Nike.
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Who helped you succeed in your life and career? My community. I was blessed to have amazing people in my life, from family to friends. My inner circle inspires me to strive and maximize every opportunity that comes my way.
What goal would you like to achieve before you turn 40? Establish a physical incubator for the Two-Six project focused on technology, entrepreneurship, and creativity that houses sustainable programs for marginalized people in Fayetteville. Additionally, I want to establish myself as a world-renowned social entrepreneur through content production, consulting, management, and real estate.
What’s your favorite book ? “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”
What are your hobbies? Go to the movies, practice baseball, listen to music
What is your most valuable asset? Bespoke suit from my late grandfather, Jerome Grant
If you had a theme song for your life, what would it be? “The best of simplicity”