A lauded communications and media strategist, Kelly Smith Beaty has more than a decade of experience managing public information, branding, crisis and issues management, and thought leadership campaigns.
Kelly began her foray into public information and communications via collegiate internships with the U.S. State Department/Foreign Service Institute in Washington D.C. and with the Communications Office of the Governor of Georgia. Today her résumé lists industry-leading PR consultancies including Edelman, Ruder-Finn, and Noelle-Elaine Media, a multicultural-focused boutique firm.
Kelly’s roster of clients served includes Fortune 500 CEOs, government officials, NGO leaders, and celebrities. Kelly has also represented a multitude of marquee brands including Starbucks, the World Health Organization, Novartis, Pfizer, General Electric, the National Urban League, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Alston and Bird, City of Atlanta, State of Georgia Ports Authority, Ashley Stewart Retail Stores, US Ambassador Andrew Young, the Leon Sullivan Foundation, Grammy Award Winning Singer Jill Scott, legendary cinema icon Ruby Dee, and others.
A seasoned professional, Kelly has managed PR campaigns in New York, Georgia, Washington, D.C., Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Ukraine, across a broad spectrum of industriesincluding technology, business and finance, public health, non-profit and public affairs. Kelly has also served as Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Dress for Success Worldwide, where she oversaw brand strategy for the international organization which serves disadvantaged women in more than 130 cities and 15 countries.
A former contestant on NBC’s The Apprentice, she is also a frequent public speaker and media commentator. Kelly has been published on The Huffington Post, and Black Enterprise magazine, OK! Magazine, Little Pink Book (formerly PINK magazine), the Atlanta Journal- Constitution, Atlanta NBC affiliate 11 Alive, CBS Radio, and other media.
Kelly received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Spelman College and her M.A. in Public Communication from American University in Washington, DC. She is proud a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, a public service organization.
A Conversation with Black Women Entrepreneurs in Celebration of Black History Month
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