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. Lauched in 2009, Nexus Research Group (NRG) quickly grew quickly, hitting the $1 millilon 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, vesatile, high- performance apparel. In 2015, Bodyology was one of ten companies selected nationwide for Macy’s The Workshop program, a competetive 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.
Product and service-based business startups
Small, minority and women-owned businesses
Personal change management
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