Kelley Cornish is a diversity and inclusion executive, transformation leader, author, and speaker. In the corporate world, Kelley serves as the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for the TD Bank Group headquartered in Toronto, ON, charged with the bank’s efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. This includes leading a global team focused on expanding the bank’s efforts throughout North America as she partners with senior executives and various stakeholders to deliver and implement a global D&I strategy with a focus on building and measuring workforce representation and extending accountability for inclusion across the organization. Kelley joined TD in 2017 and has led significant momentum in TD’s U.S. D&I efforts, bringing more than 30 years of leadership experience in D&I and HR. In her broadened role, Cornish leads the global D&I team created to refine TD’s structure to most effectively support its global strategy.
Most recently, Kelley was recognized as one of the 2019 Most Influential Women In Corporate America by Savoy Magazine, by the Network Journal as one of the Top 25 Influential Black Women in Business for 2019 and acknowledged in 2018 for her commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout her career by receiving the 2018 Career Mastered Award. She has also been recognized as a member of the top team of distinction for the American Banker’s Most Powerful Women in Banking Award. Under her leadership, TD Bank was received honors for the first time by Forbes as a Best Employer for Diversity and received the Urban League of New York’s Diversity Champion Award. Additionally, in two years with Kelley at the helm, the bank moved up 19 slots in their ranking as a top company on the Diversity Inc. Top 50 list between 2018 and 2019.
Earlier in her career, Kelley led Diversity and Inclusion in the healthcare industry where served at the helm of the D & I work and shaped the vision and workforce initiatives programming for a leading children’s hospital and health insurance company in the Philadelphia, PA area. This work included creating and implementing a strategy and roadmap for a long-term multi-year, diversity and inclusion integration within the business. During this season of her career, Kelley published of her first book, “It’s Work! How Will You Show Up?” where she shares professional, personal and very practical tips on navigating the workplace and your career.
As a Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Award winner by Peirce College for the City of Philadelphia in 2017, 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 the Chair of the Special Expertise Panel 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. She serves on the United Negro College Fund’s Upstate Leadership Council in South Carolina, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Board, and as a HR Committee Member for BAYADA’s Board of Directors.
In addition to her corporate role, Kelley serves as Women’s Ministry Leader and Bible teacher at her church alongside her husband, Douglas Slaughter, Senior Pastor. Trained as a Chaplain with close to 20 years of teaching and church leadership, Kelley leads classes for women within a series entitled, Titus2Gether with Kelley.
Kelley resides in Greenville, SC with her husband Douglas Slaughter and they have five adult children.