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Kelly Leonard

Kelly Leonard

(She/her)

Black, Cisgender Woman, Christian, Wife, Mother

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Bio

We often know where we’d like to be – but exactly how to get there is a bit more complicated. Don’t worry, though – that’s where Kelly Leonard comes in. As Director of Client Experience, Kelly’s responsible for leading the strategy, planning, and delivery of client programs. This means coordinating the BE team and managing the program delivery process to ensure that, even when helping clients tackle truly thorny topics, it’s a process that’s as smooth and meaningful as possible. Kelly’s passion for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) work was ignited when (as a small business owner) she encountered roadblocks when attempting to engage large companies as clients. This resulted in her creating of an award-winning television show (“Small Business Network”) that provided programming and services to amplify and address the unique needs of local, small, and/or minority business enterprises through a Supplier Diversity and economic development lens. While Kelly no longer hosts the “Small Business Network”, she remains committed to address the inequities that persist in the marketplace and economically disadvantage local, small, and/or minority businesses. Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a certified public accountant (inactive).

Infrequently Asked Questions

Is your political correctness motivated by judgment or empathy?

My political correctness is motivated by my faith. As a Christ follower, I am motivated by this simple guiding principle – love God, love others. Not gonna lie … the “love others” part can be challenging at times.

What’s something people don’t know about you?

In 1999, I ran two separate marathons within one month of each other.

What’s one thing you haven’t done yet? What’s holding you back?

Traveled to Africa. The pandemic and scheduling. When I go, I want to be able to invest a significant amount of time. Thankfully, my sabbatical is coming soon!

Follow the below link to access the deck of Infrequently Asked Question cards.

Recommendations

Book | How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

Book | Exactly What to Say by Phil M. Jones

Book | Unlearn by Barry O’Reilly

Book | The Scent of Burnt Flowers by Blitz Bazawule

Report | McKinsey report Race in the Workplace: The Frontline Experience

Podcast | In the Arena with Leah Smart

Podcast | Hello Monday with Jessi Hempel

Podcast | The Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast

Podcast | Brown Table Talk with Dee Marshall and Mita Mallick

In the world

Podcast Host, the B.O.O.S.T.® podcast

Co-Founded Rise & Run; a non-partisan, community-led program organized to convene, train and support Black individuals to secure elected positions.

Advisory Board member, Council for Advocacy and Policy Solutions

Montgomery Village Foundation Nominating Committee member

Cook Ross is now BE Equitable

These past few years have been incredibly tumultuous and evolving, where we have witnessed how complex and messy our world is.

In a world of tick-a-box trainings and quick fixes, we at Be Equitable are going after something more satisfying -- we’re here for the transformations. For the forward thinkers and future leaders who know the journey is long and are still ready, we see you and we want to partner with you.

Let’s go beyond the buzzwords to create workplaces that work for people of all races, ethnicities, identities, and abilities. It won’t be neat. And it certainly won’t be simple. Our BE team is ready and committed to get it done.

As we enter this next chapter of our story, we invite you to BE bold, BE inclusive, and BE authentic to the vision you have for yourself and your organization. And together we can create workplaces that are just and equitable for all.