Dr. Kenneth L. Harris PH.D With Dr. Gerorge C. Fraser
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Kenneth L. Harris is known for addressing societal and economic challenges within the urban community. Dr. Harris serves as the 12th President/CEO of the National Business League, Inc., founded by Dr. Booker T. Washington in 1900, a 120 year-old organization with access to 2.9 million black-owned businesses in the U.S.
Dr. Harris received the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) 2007 Minority Business Advocate of the Year award, Crain's Detroit Business's 40 Under 40 Class of 2007 and the Who's Who in Black Detroit's Most Influential. Dr. Harris was honored by the Michigan Women's Marketplace and CEED as the 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year and received the 2008 Excellence Award for Economic Empowerment by 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Inc. Dr. Harris also accepted the 2009 CBS-WWJ 950 Emerging Leader Under 40 Award for Black History Month, and the 2010 Michigan Front Page's 30 in Their 30s award. Dr. Harris was chosen DBusiness Magazine's 30 in Their 30s Most Influential and featured in Ebony Magazine in 2011. Dr. Harris was featured in the 2012 Aetna African American Black History Calendar America's Most Influential and received the 2012 Men of Excellence Award from the Michigan Chronicle Newspaper. Additionally, he has been named by the 2013 New York-based Counselors International as one of the "40 Under 40" top economic development professionals in the United States. Dr. Harris was featured in the 2014 CBS TV 62 and WWJ 950 Black History Month Distinguished Leader Showcase. Dr. Harris received the 2015 Comerica Bank Community Partnership Award, 2017 National Veterans Supplier Diversity Council Leadership Award and 2018 and 2019 DBusiness Magazines Most Influential Business Executives in Metro-Detroit.
Dr. Harris received his Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) with a combined specialization in Entrepreneurship, Economics, African American and African Studies from the Michigan State University.