Modern Innovator

Experienced Entrepreneur

All-Around Dream Chaser


Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Kind, Be Real.

ABOUT

Born in Camden, New Jersey to working class parents, Kelly saw the effects of urban poverty at an early age. While she later moved to the suburbs with her mother, those memories were lasting and would set the course for the rest of her life. Kelly moved to Atlanta to attend Clark Atlanta University and was later awarded a full scholarship to Emory University where she earned her PhD. After serving as a senior researcher there, Kelly decided to take the skills she’d learned to launch a consulting firm dedicated to improving challenged communities like the one she grew up in. Launched in 2009, Nexus Research Group (NRG) quickly grew quickly, hitting the $1 million revenue mark in the first few years. Today, NRG consults with non-profit funders and government agencies to help them strategically invest precious resources to achieve the most impactful social programming possible. While running NRG, Kelly began experiencing symptoms she attributed to stress.

During a regular exam, she learned that she had Grave’s Disease, an auto-immune disorder that targets the thyroid. The condition wreaked havoc on Kelly’s body and triggered severe sweats. When she was unable to find base layers to help her manage her condition, she decided to do something about it. Bodyology is a lifestyle brand designed with the modern active woman in mind. The tech-based apparel company applies wicking technology, to common layers such as camisoles, undershirts and slip shorts, producing the first product line of its kind. These performance layers are quickly becoming a go-to for women around the country who lead demanding lives and appreciate comfortable, versatile, high- performance apparel. In 2015, Bodyology was one of ten companies selected nationwide for Macy’s The Workshop program, a competitive vendor development initiative designed to prepare women and minority-owned businesses for entry into large-scale retail.

Today, Kelly runs two thriving businesses and is living her best life.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Product and service-based business startups
Small, minority and women-owned businesses
Apparel Industry
Research
Social impact
Female empowerment
Personal change management

 

Work

Companies

Writing

“How the Absence of Minority Firms in the High-Growth Space Widens the Wealth Gap”, UrbanGeeks.com, September 28, 2015

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“LinkedIn Influencers and the Diversity Gap”, UrbanGeeks.com, December 18, 2015

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“Dear Middle Class Black People”, Huffington Post, October 18, 2016

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FELLOWSHIPS

Macy’s “The Workshop” Program

www.bodyologystore.com

Foundation Center

FoundationCenter.org

AWARDS

Atlanta Business Chronicle 2016 Class of 40 Under 40

Atlanta Business Chronicle

Visionary Leadership Award

Partnership for Southern Equity

TALKS AND APPEARANCES

UPCOMING APPEARANCES

 

Unity and Inclusion Conference - 500 Startups, Keynote | EVENT DETAILS | June 10, 2017

Southern Regional Grants Conference – 5 Reasons Non-Profit Programs Fail, Workshop Presenter | EVENT DETAILS | June 15, 2017

BlogHer Annual Conference – Unleashing the Power of Your Personal Brand, Panelist | EVENT DETAILS | June 25, 2017

W.O.E. Conference – Mastermind Your Launch, Keynote Speaker | EVENT DETAILS | June 27, 2017

PAST APPEARANCES

10th Anniversary and Reunion Celebration  Capitol City Legacy Builders Toastmasters, Keynote Speaker | March 29, 2017 

Successful Women in Business – BB&T, Panel Participant | March 22, 2017

Mastermind Your Launch Podcast with Stefanie Diaz | March 21, 2017

Pumps, Pearls and Politics with TimolynnSams – WBOK 1230, Special Guest | LISTEN | March 17, 2017 

40 Under 40 Award Ceremony - Atlanta Business Chronicle,  Awardee | CLICK HERE FOR INFO | November 3, 2016 

YWCA Bristol – Emerge Women's Professional Series, Featured Speaker |CLICK HERE FOR INFO | October 28, 2016

OptiHealth Retreats – Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel, Featured Speaker |CLICK HERE FOR INFO | October 8, 2016

Commerce Club – The State of Women-Owned Businesses, Guest Presenter |CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS | September 9, 2016

Eric Holtzclaw Show – Biz 1190, Regular Contributor | Click HERE to LISTEN | July 29, 2016

Girls Who Code – Georgia Tech, Invited Speaker | CLICK HERE for ORGANIZATION INFORMATION | July 7, 2016

Pumps, Pearls and Politics with TimolynnSams – WBOK 1230, Special Guest | Click HERE to LISTEN | July 1, 2016

Growth Hacking Conference – Build Your Best Business, Keynote Speaker | CLICK HERE for EVENT DETAILS | April 1, 2016

InnovateHer Award Ceremony – Women's Business Centre, Keynote Speaker | CLICK HERE for EVENT DETAILS | March 10, 2016

Motivational Success Call – Flourish Network, Special Guest | CLICK HERE for CALL INFO | February 15, 2016

Eric Holtzclaw Show – Biz 1190, Regular Contributor | Click HERE to LISTEN | February 5, 2016

Pumps, Pearls and Politics with TimolynnSams – WBOK 1230, Special Guest | Click HERE to LISTEN | January 22, 2016

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