Shirell A. Gross to Address Students During Black History Month

A former Fortune 500 executive, Gross will speak on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Shirell Gross portrait photoShirell A. Gross, Esq. will take part in Manhattan College’s Black History Month celebration on Wednesday, February 5. She will discuss leadership, motivation and her own career path with students at noon that day in rooms 4A and 4B of the Kelly Student Commons. 

Gross was the first in her family to attend college, and also the first in her family to pursue a graduate degree. After earning a Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University, she became a prosecutor in the Bronx.

Shirell then ventured into corporate America as legal counsel for Quest Diagnostics. She later took on the role of senior counsel for Bayer, a multinational pharmaceutical and life sciences company. There, she worked her way up to vice president in the chief legal and division counsel area. She managed a team providing legal support for a market leading medical device and pharmaceutical business.

Gross recently left the corporate world to pursue her calling to help organizations and individuals as an inspirational speaker, life and professional coach through her company ShirellSpeaks.

Manhattan College students will also take a walking tour of Harlem on Saturday, February 1. Attractions will include the Langston Hughes House, the Renaissance Ballroom and Casino, the Claremont Theater and the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.

By Pete McHugh