Erin Kelley

Independent Consultant

Specializing in program development, instructional design, gender diversity, and process improvement

Erin Kelley has a demonstrated professional passion for gender diversity in business and entrepreneurship ecosystems, as well as instructional design and program development. She earned her undergraduate degree in international relations from Mount Holyoke College where she focused on the social, economic and political dynamics of ethnic conflict. She then developed two pioneering financial education programs at REACH Community Development in Portland, Oregon. Both programs empowered different populations of affordable housing residents to think differently about their goals in relationship to their income and assets. Erin earned a master’s degree in international economics and international relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. At SAIS, Erin studied global entrepreneurship ecosystems and the factors that harm or help business starts and growth. Erin earned her MBA at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, where she studied general management and corporate innovation. Upon graduation, Erin joined IBM as a Senior Change and Learning Consultant, focusing on training design and implementation in the healthcare and hospitality industries. At the National Women’s Business Council, she served as the Director of Research and Policy, overseeing a research portfolio to further understanding of how policy can support the success of women entrepreneurs. She now works as an independent consultant, specializing in program development, instructional design, gender diversity, and process improvement.