Kelly Fair is the Founder and Executive Director of the Reflections Foundation and the Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program, non-profit organizations that enhance life skills, career readiness and leadership ability of girls and young women. She is the author of “They’re All the Same Girl” and “Every Girl is a CEO.” She is an award-winning social entrepreneur who advocates for girls, women, mentoring and workforce pipelining.
Kelly, a trained speech pathologist, began her innovative career directing college prep and work-study programs, which she created for Urban high school and college students. Next, she worked on the development and marketing of national literacy programs, impacting the lives of children from early childhood to middle school.
Because of this experience, Kelly saw a gap in girls-centered programming to help them build strong communication skills at home, at school, and in preparation for the future workplace; this led her to start Polished Pebbles.
In 2019, Polished Pebbles celebrated its 10th anniversary. The program, which started with two mentees, has now engaged more than 3000 girls, across 100 different program sites, and has raised $2MM+ for partnering schools and communities.
Though widely known as “The Mentor,” Kelly’s true gift is unleashing a girl’s innate greatness so she can live her best life now and in the future. Mentoring plays a big role in Kelly’s “Girl to Great” model, as does instruction, visualization practice and partnerships.
Kelly is a graduate of Howard University and the University of Iowa, with honors.
Kelly currently serves on the US Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls Taskforce, the Harold Washington College President’s Advisory Board and the Illinois Council for Women and Girls. She is a true “south side girl” and lives in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood.