Kimberly Reed, M.Ed., CDP, The Corporatepreneur ™ Chief Transformational Officer of the Reed Development Group, a cutting-edge multi-disciplined Diversity, Equality and Inclusion solutions firm accelerating the future of organizational multicultural evolution and growth though innovation, development and advocacy, who has developed a distinguished reputation as having one of the most distinct and powerful voices on the lecture circuit transforming the thinking of thousands. Kimberly’s infectious energy, lioness tone and inspiring sincerity engages audiences on topics ranging from the innovation and evolution of diversity, equality and inclusion, personal, professional and leadership development, entrepreneurship to teaching us Optimists Always Win! – Moving from Defeat to Life’s C-Suite, Kimberly’s highly anticipated book coming January 15, 2021 (Simon Schuster/HCI Communications).
Kimberly is a regular speaker and lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s LEAD Program, KPMG – Tennessee State and Howard Universities’ Leadership Programs and a top rated speaker at leading national professional organization’s conferences.
With more than 20 years’ of HR, talent acquisition and diversity, equality & inclusion experience, successfully turning around troubled diversity practices by designing, building, leading and shaping high-performing cultures at global organizations with robust strategies and global employee development programs that have increased revenue growth and organizational brand eminence.
Kimberly’s second entrepreneurial venture, a senior partner at the Ascendant Group specializes in personal and executive branding and a founding member of the Forbes Agency Council for PR and Advertising. With an award winning team across company cultures, brand design, and PR related work. The company has a clientele that has ranged from multibillion-dollar company CEOs and executives and fast growth entrepreneurs.
Kimberly served on several professional and non-for-profit boards as a member, executive council member and chair. Kimberly is a board member on the Leadership Council of the American Cancer Society. She is a member of the Advisory Committee of the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government/DiverseForce Board Governance Training Program that provides leadership training for leaders of color who want to achieve greater effectiveness as organizational leaders while making a social impact as board members. She is also a member of The Forum for Executive Women, an elite national organization dedicated to the professional advancement of Women as well as The Links, Inc., one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of accomplished, dedicated African American Women who are active in their communities and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated with over 300, 000 members globally.
Kimberly has been featured on FOX News, 6ABC, Huffington Post Business, IHeartMedia and Radio One, and its subsidiaries for her leadership in diversity, and advocacy for Women and minorities in leadership, business and entrepreneurship. She has earned numerous awards and has been recognized repeatedly by such organizations as the National Urban League, American Express, National publications and the City of Philadelphia for her leadership.
Kimberly was named one of the Minority Business Leader’s Award honorees, Philadelphia Business Journal and was appointed to the CEO Access Network, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and the 2018 Women of Excellence: Game Changer Award, South Jersey magazine. Kimberly was recently inducted to the West Chester University Legacy of Leadership Class of 2019. The university honors alumni who has demonstrated service to the institution through student leadership and continue to utilize those leadership skills in their lives today. Recently, Kimberly received the prestigious 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Salute to Greatness Award: Ambassador Global Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, in addition to the 2020 Game Changer: Community Service Award for Entrepreneurship, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Impact.
Kimberly earned her B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Public Administration from Westchester University. Kimberly also received her certification in Global Organizational Leadership, Human Resource Management, Temple Fox School of Business. Kimberly also earned her Masters of Education, Adult Organizational Development and Public Policy, and received certifications in Training and Development and Communication and Conflict from Temple University.