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Kelley Cornish is an accomplished speaker, diversity and inclusion consultant and advisor with over 25 years of experience in corporate D&I, HR, and serving in faith-based organizations. She specializes in transformational diversity, change and stakeholder management, corporate etiquette, faith-based issues and implementing diversity and inclusion plans into corporate settings.


Kelley has industry experience in financial services, healthcare, technology, government relations, housing, education, and within faith-based sectors.


Under her leadership, Kelley has increased and elevated programming and strategic initiatives for numerous brands gaining external recognition. And she provides guidance on how to elevate and align engagement to your brand strategy within corporate settings.


Acknowledged in March 2019 as one the 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business and in 2018 for her commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout her career, Kelley received the 2018 Career Mastered Award. She was also recognized as a member in the top team of distinction for the American Banker’s Most Powerful Women in Banking Award.


Kelley serves on the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, the United Negro College Fund Leadership Committee of the Upstate South Carolina and is a HR Committee Member of the Board of Directors for BAYADA. 


As a Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Award winner by Pierce College for the City of Philadelphia, PA, Cornish is a Certified Diversity Professional by Cornell University (CCDP) and has completed course work at the Harvard Kennedy School in strategies for leading and building diverse organizations. She also serves as a Special Expertise Panel Member for Diversity and Inclusion for the National Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) which includes addressing current and future trends within diversity and inclusion, and she consults and speaks for various organizations. Kelley obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina – Aiken in Business Administration and her Masters from Webster University in Human Resources.


Kelley resides in Greenville, SC with her husband Douglas Slaughter, and they have five adult children.

Kelly’s Expertise


  • Strategy Development
  • Organizational Change Management
  • Talent Management
  • Effective Execution
  • Corporate Culture
  • Employee Engagement
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Diversity Educational Programs
  • Operationalizing Strategic Diversity & Intentional Inclusion
  • Customized Strategic D&I Events and Initiatives
  • Leadership Development
  • Organizational Structures and Processes that Promote Inclusive Environments
  • Women’s Leadership Conferences
  • Multicultural Leadership Conferences


  • Keynote Speaker
  • Bible Teacher and Facilitator
  • Women’s Ministry Leadership
  • Human Resources
  • Retreat Leader
  • Workshop Facilitator
  • Leadership training
  • Chaplain
  • Counselor
  • Multicultural Leadership Conferences & Events
  • Organizational Change Management