History: Where It Began

Inspired by the ingenuity and determination of social entrepreneurs working to address society’s most pressing needs, Milano Harden founded the Genius Group (TGG) in 2002. During this time, Harden continued to observe exceptional change agents lacking access to start-up capital and capacity building supports. Ironically, these individuals were often doing the heaviest lifting in the hardest places with the least resources. TGG was established to provide these pioneers equitable access to the management consulting that shapes effective leadership and organizations.

As a former foundation executive, Harden also recognized an opportunity to provide a missing link between philanthropy and community partners. Foundations wanted more evidence and certainty of outcomes. Communities needed more capacity and recognition of their assets. TGG exists to bridge this gap anchoring evidence-informed strategy to assure community improvement.