MEG O'GRADY; VP Military & Public Sector Solutions at Kaplan University

MEG O'GRADY; VP Military & Public Sector Solutions at Kaplan University


Meg O' Grady is senior leadership with 25 years of experience developing and leading a broad spectrum of quality of life programs for servicemembers, veterans, and their families in both the government and private sector. Most recently, as the Vice President, Veteran Business Strategy and Engagement on Military and Veteran Affairs, she led a team of professionals that support veteran and military family entrepreneurship through advocacy, education, connections, and resources. Meg recently worked in partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University to develop and launch the Coalition for Veteran Business, a coalition of Fortune 500 Industry leaders committed to providing innovative solutions and thought leadership to grow and support veteran owned businesses in communities throughout the nation.

Prior to joining the First Data team, Meg served as a leader for the Department of Defense where she was responsible for strategic planning, legislative, program development, and contract oversight for Military Spouse Well-Being in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She has worked with the Army, federal contractors, non-profits, and institutions of higher educatio. During her overseas tenure in Frankfurt, Babenhausen, Hohenfels and Baumholder, Germany, she worked with Army Family Advocacy, Army Education, and Army Career and Alumni Program. In Fort Hood, Texas, she piloted the first Active Duty Prenatal Physical Training program and chaired the Fort Hood Promotion Council. She was also the Chief of Staff for the team that developed veterans employment programs for the Department of Veterans Affairs and was the director of the Military One Source Wounded Warrior Resource and Military Spouse Career Centers.

Meg holds a Master of Education degree from National Louis University. She has contributed to numerous articles and publications.

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