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Kimberly S. Reed


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Kimberly S. Reed

An  award  winning  international  speaker,  author,  corporate  trainer  and  diversity,  equality and inclusion executive, nationally recognized thought leader, expert, strategist  and advisor to some of the world’s most influential organizations in global professional  services,  health  care,  financial  services,  consumer  products  and  pharmaceutical  industries.  A  seasoned  leader  in  transforming  organizations  into  high-performing  enterprises and challenging leaders  to live without limits, with more  than  20 years’ of  HR, talent acquisition and diversity & inclusion experience, successfully turning around  troubled diversity practices by designing, building, leading and shaping high-performing  cultures  at  global  organizations  with  robust  strategies,  global  employee  development  programs  and  enterprise-wide  initiatives  that  have  increased  revenue  growth  and  organizational brand eminence. 

Kimberly S. Reed, M.Ed., CDE, 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 release on 

January 15, 2021 (Simon Schuster/HCI Communications) was a on a best seller list in its  first week. All book proceeds are being donated to two cancer charities.  


Kimberly is a regular speaker and lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of  Pennsylvania’s LEAD Program, Howard University School of Business, Executive  MBA/Education Programs and a top rated speaker at leading global professional  conferences. With more than 20 years’ of HR, talent acquisition and diversity, equality & inclusion  experience, successfully turning around 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 entrepreneurial ventures, a senior partner at the Ascendant Group  specializes in 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. 

In December 2020, Kaleidoscope Diversity is the result of a unique strategic alliance  between McConnell & Jones LLP and Reed Development Group, which was developed  for companies who want to harness the power of an engaged, diverse workforce and  diverse supply chain in today’s hyper-competitive global marketplace in the capabilities  of one solutions provider. We develop a tailored approach to innovative, high impact  virtual training and strategic sourcing initiatives, allowing our clients to address internal  and external issues that can hinder an organization’s full potential with its workforce  and suppliers. 

Kimberly served on several professional and non-for-profit boards as a member,  executive council member and chair. Kimberly is the Vice-Chair, Leadership Council of  the American Cancer Society South Jersey/Philadelphia and a board member; Legacy of  Hope provides emergency patient support to cancer patients in underserved diverse  communities in the Philadelphia region. She is a Founding Advisory Committee Member of the University of Pennsylvania and 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 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 6ABC, NBC, ShondaLand Digital, Huffington Post  Business, Thrive Global (contributor), The Journal of American Management Association,  Charisma Magazine, Essence Magazine,, iHeartMedia, FOX News and Radio  One, and its subsidiaries for her leadership in diversity, and advocacy for Women and  minorities in leadership, business and entrepreneurship and faith. She has earned  numerous awards, periodical cover features 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 inducted to the West Chester University  Legacy of Leadership Class. 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. Kimberly also 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. She was one of the Top 28 Black Leaders for  their impact on diversity & inclusion, Color Magazine and honoree, the 2021 Philly  Power Women.  

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.