Kelly Burton, PhD Executive Director, Black Innovation Alliance

Political scientist, serial entrepreneur, change agent, and social critic. Kelly Burton is a modern-day renaissance woman who leads with passion, purpose, and vision. She is the Founder of Nexus Research Group, a social impact firm that works with foundations and large-scale non-profits to help them catalyze change in local communities, and Founders of Color (FOC), a digital platform committed to helping minority entrepreneurs grow and scale their businesses.

Kelly's work has been featured in numerous publications, among them TechCrunch, Inc, Fast Company, and Essence Magazine. In addition to her entrepreneurial endeavors, Kelly serves on the board of directors at the Center for Action and Contemplation, as well as on advisory boards for SXSW Pitch and the Emory University Center for Ethics. Kelly was recently added to the Executive Board of Fast Company magazine, where she is a regular contributor. An active voice on social media, Kelly boasts nearly 80K followers on Linkedin alone. She has two hard-earned degrees, a BA from Clark Atlanta University and a Ph.D. from Emory University, both in Political Science.

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