Kimberly S. Reed

Kimberly S. Reed, M.Ed., CDE ©, The Corporatepreneur ™ Chief Transformational Officer of the Reed Development Group, is a skillful and strategic leader who leverages into her more than 20 years of experience in HR, talent acquisition and diversity & inclusion training to transform leaders and companies into high-performing organizations.

Reed’s infectious energy, lioness tone and inspiring sincerity engages audiences on topics ranging from the innovation and the evolution of diversity, equality, inclusion and belonging, personal, professional and leadership development.

As CTO at Reed Development Group, she has developed a cutting-edge multi-disciplined Diversity, Equality, Inclusion and Belonging solutions firm that is perfectly positioned to advise, cultivate innovative strategies, train, coach and develop leaders who are empowered to create more inclusive and belonging organizational cultures.

Reed is a best-selling author of Optimists Always Win! – Moving from Defeat to Life’s C-Suite (Simon Schuster/HCI Communications) where she shares her personal stories and advice on overcoming life’s most difficult challenges. She draws from her own journey of climbing out of the depths of emotional turmoil at the death of her best-friend mother, her inspirational dad, and her own battle with breast cancer. Reed has channeled her passions to serve as an “Ambassador for Cancer,” using 100% of the proceeds from her book to fund two cancer charities for perpetuity.

Reed is a highly sought-after speaker at professional conferences around the world, and is a regular speaker and lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s LEAD Program, Howard University School of Business, Leadership conferences in partnership with KPMG, and Executive MBA/Education Programs.

As an innovative entrepreneur, Reed provides strategic advice to the award-winning Ascendant Group Branding, which specializes in executive branding and public relations, working with a wide-range of clientele, including multibillion-dollar company CEOs and executives and fast growth entrepreneurs. She is 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.

Reed is an active member of her community, serving on several professional and non-for-profit boards as a member, executive council member and chair. She is also a member of 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.

Reed’s accomplishments have garnered media attention, locally, nationally and internationally. She has been featured in print, digital and broadcast outlets, including 6ABC, NBC, ShondaLand Digital, Huffington Post Business, Thrive Global (contributor), Woman of Faith Global Magazine (cover), The Journal of American Management Association, Charisma Magazine, Essence and EBONY Magazine, HR.com, PureWOW, FOX News and Radio One.

Her exceptional work in leadership and business has earned numerous awards by such organizations as the National Urban League, American Express, national publications and the City of Philadelphia for her leadership. She has been named one of the Minority Business Leader’s Award honorees from the Philadelphia Business Journal. She 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.

Additionally, she was one of the Top 28 Black Leaders for their impact on diversity & inclusion, Color Magazine, Top ROI-NJ Influencer and honoree, the 2021 Philly Power Women, CORE Magazine Top 100 Most Influential Blacks and the 2022 and 2023 Power-List, Top 50 Chief Diversity Officers, Color Magazine, Nominee, the 2022 Compassionate Leaders Circle Award and the 2022 Hope Award recipient, American Cancer Society.

Reed has a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Public Administration from Westchester University and a Masters of Education, Adult Organizational

Development and Public Policy from Temple University. She also has received her certification in Global Organizational Leadership, Human Resource Management, Temple Fox School of Business and received certifications in Training and Development and Communication and Conflict from Temple University.

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