Kevin Terrell Heard was born on January 31st, 1988 in Detroit, Michigan to hard-working parents who have instilled in him to keep his head held high and his eye on the prize. Heard is a 2010 graduate of Clark Atlanta University (CAU), where he majored in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in Public Relations. In 2018, Heard received his MBA from Walsh College in Troy, MI. Currently, Heard works for Gannett | USA Today Network as the Diversity & Engagement Program Manager. He manages all ten Employee Resources Groups and their Inclusion, Diversity & Equity social campaigns.
In 2013, Heard founded the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce. The Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce mission is to promote and empower our Metropolitan Detroit LGBT, allied business members, non-profit members, corporate partners, and their employees through leadership, advocacy and education. Leading through professional development. Advocating for Inclusive business practices. Educating small to large businesses on LGBT-Certification & business growth. As President, he secured a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundations of Southeast Michigan, Hope Fund and a $2,500 from Wells Fargo Rainbow Supplier Program. That increased membership and engagement with over 80 companies. Currently, the chamber has grown to have nine corporate partners and over 100 members.
In May 2017, Kevin was honored as Crain’s Detroit Twenty in their 20’s for his work with the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce and former co-lead of Pride Forward USA Today Network LGBTQ Employee Resource Group.
Heard lives by the quote “You are greatest when everything before you is obsolete and everything after bears your mark.” His strong work ethic and spirituality keep him moving because he says, “success is not standing still.” These experiences prove that he is a hard worker and a loyal person that is full of humility, determination, and integrity.