Ebony G. Kirkland is the founder, President CEO of Ebony Marketing Research, Inc one of the nation’s foremost marketing research firms specializing in multicultural research for business, government agency and non-profit organization within the United States and Central America. Under Mrs. Kirkland’s direction the firm has garnered and array of fortune 500 companies with clients such as, Proctor & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Verizon, Hallmark, and Mc Donald’s. Her firm has established offices in New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, Miami and Costa Rica.
Born of Hispanic heritage and decent in San Jose, Costa Rica; Mrs. Kirkland graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Queens College, City University of New York. She furthered her education graduating with a MBA in Administration from New York University. Pursuant to her Masters Degree she received a degree in business management from Harvard Business School. In addition she received a Master of Divinity (M. Div) from U.T.S. Mrs. Kirkland completed her Doctorate of Ministry (D. Min) degree from U. T. S.
Prior to forming Ebony Marketing Research Inc., Mrs. Kirkland taught and lectured at New York Technical College where she served as Director and Chairperson of the Women’s Program. She later served as the assistant to the Dean at York College. Although she became an established well-respected entrepreneur, Mrs. Kirkland, continue to share her knowledge and experience by designing training programs, market courses and workshop for governmental and non-profit organizations. She has traveled extensively under the sponsorship of the Atlantic Council of U.S., The United States Information Agency and the Inet Foundation conducting training programs to inspire women entrepreneurs in Russia, Poland, China, South Africa and other countries. Her lecture portfolio includes: “Starting and Managing Your Own Business-A Prima for Budding Entrepreneurs”: -presented and published in Beijing, China in 1996 and “Changes and Opportunity”-presented in Taipei, Taiwan, 1997. Mrs. Kirkland has been featured as a guess on a number of TV and radio programs and has contributed to numerous magazines and publications where she has addressed the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship.
Despite her success in the business arena, Mrs. Kirkland felt drawn into the
Ministry. She often cited a need to serve God in a more profound way, sharing her talents
and expertise in expanding and working on behalf of “The Kingdom”. In 2003, she became founder and senior pastor of the Church of the Living God, International. In the second year of her ministry she expanded an international ministry which she was able to adopt and minister to churches in Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, Brazil and Egypt. Her vision is to expand her ministry to serve small grass-roots communities within Spanish speaking countries throughout Central and South America. Her innate bilingual language ability affords her to reach out and minister to Spanish communities spreading the gospel. She also uses her business skills to motivate and inspire individuals to maximize their God given talent and to work on building God’s Kingdom on Earth. Mrs. Kirkland most recently has collaborated with other ministers of faith to form the Universal Clergy Coalition (UNCC) which she serves as the current Vice President. The mission of UNCC is to collaborate and to bring forth peace and understanding among the various interfaith denominations. In addition, Mrs. Kirkland has formed an Association for Storefront churches. The main goal of the association is to provide mentorship and training for small church pastors. Her professional affiliations are as follows: Board member Bronx Initiative Corporation, Hispanic Chamber of commerce, Advisory Board of Women’s President Organization. She was consecrated into the office of the Bishop by the College of Bishop of the Council of International Charismatic Bishops (CICB) to serve as the Presiding Bishop of the Church of the Living God, Worldwide in November of 2009.