Award-winning Global Diversity, Equality, Inclusion & Belonging Executive and Advisor.
Author. International Speaker. Ambassador.
Kimberly S. Reed, M.Ed., CDE® is a skillful and strategic advisor, and leader who leverages her more than 25 years of experience in HR, talent acquisition, diversity, equality, inclusion and belonging and diversity & inclusion training to transform leaders, and cultures into high-performing organizations. She has worked with numerous organizations in global professional services, health care, financial services, consumer products and pharmaceutical industries. Her inspirational, results-driven approach combines the need for creating more inclusive workplace cultures, increasing revenue growth and generating long-lasting return on investment.
Kimberly teaches organizations the importance of optimizing the DEIB (Diversity, Equality, Inclusion and Belonging) Synthesis using game-changing insights that will drive breakout innovation in your organization. She is also the creator of the revolutionary Organizational Diversity Visioning Board© where ‘visionaries’ are guided through a process on how to set their DEIB priorities to empower and implement change. Kimberly was the 2023 (NOAA) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce Leadership Conference Opening Keynote Speaker for thousands of attendees.
Kimberly is a national collaborator, thought leader and co-developer with the American Cancer Society (ACS), ASPIRE Leadership Academy, the first ever competitive six-month, comprehensive leadership program for diverse leaders.
Kimberly is a best-selling author of Optimists Always Win! – Moving from Defeat to Life’s C-Suite (Simon Schuster/HCI Communications) where she shares personal stories and advice on overcoming life’s most difficult challenges. As an inspirational speaker, she imparts her optimism in overcoming life’s adversities. She serves as an “Ambassador for Cancer Warriors and Thrivers” and drawing from her own battle with Stage IV breast cancer, now ten-years cancer free.
Reed’s work has garnered her global media attention, establishing her as one of the most sought-after diversity and leadership trainers.
Reed has won numerous awards for her outstanding service to business and the community:
• 2023 Power-List, Top Chief Diversity Officers, Color Magazine
• 2023/2022/2021 Top ROI-NJ (New Jersey) Influencer and honoree
• 2023 Top 50 Global Influencers and Personalities, Heidens Book, Hoinser Media Group
• Two- time (2022, 2023) Women of Faith Magazine Cover Story
• 2022 Hope Award, American Cancer Society
• 2022 Power-List, Top 50 Chief Diversity Officers, Color Magazine
• 2022 Rolling Out Media Sisters with Superpowers
• 2022 CORE Magazine Top 100 Most Influential Blacks
• 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Salute to Greatness Award: Ambassador Global Diversity, Equality and Inclusion.
• 2022 Power-List, Top 50 Chief Diversity Officers, Color Magazine.
• 2022 Sisters with Superpowers: Rolling Out Media
• 2022 CORE Magazine Top 100 Most Influential Blacks
• 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Salute to Greatness Award: Ambassador Global Diversity, Equality and Inclusion
• 2020 Game Changer: Community Service Award for Entrepreneurship, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Impact.
• Women of Excellence: Game Changer, SJ Magazine
• Top 28 Black Leaders for their impact on diversity & inclusion, Color Magazine
• 2022/2021 Top ROI-NJ Influencer and honoree
• The 2021 Philly Power Women
Reed is an active member of her community, serving on several professional and non-for-profit boards as a member, executive council member and chair. She is also a board member, American Cancer Society and 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'S LONG BIO
Kimberly S. Reed, M.Ed., CDE ©, The Corporatepreneur ™ Chief Transformational Officer of the Reed Development Group, is a skillful and strategic leader who leverages into her more than 20 years of experience in HR, talent acquisition and diversity & inclusion training to transform leaders and companies into high-performing organizations.
Reed’s infectious energy, lioness tone and inspiring sincerity engages audiences on topics ranging from the innovation and the evolution of diversity, equality, inclusion and belonging, personal, professional and leadership development.
As CTO at Reed Development Group, she has developed a cutting-edge multi-disciplined Diversity, Equality, Inclusion and Belonging solutions firm that is perfectly positioned to advise, cultivate innovative strategies, train, coach and develop leaders who are empowered to create more inclusive and belonging organizational cultures.
Reed is a best-selling author of Optimists Always Win! – Moving from Defeat to Life’s C-Suite (Simon Schuster/HCI Communications) where she shares her personal stories and advice on overcoming life’s most difficult challenges. She draws from her own journey of climbing out of the depths of emotional turmoil at the death of her best-friend mother, her inspirational dad, and her own battle with breast cancer. Reed has channeled her passions to serve as an “Ambassador for Cancer,” using 100% of the proceeds from her book to fund two cancer charities for perpetuity.
Reed is a highly sought-after speaker at professional conferences around the world, and is a regular speaker and lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s LEAD Program, Howard University School of Business, Leadership conferences in partnership with KPMG, and Executive MBA/Education Programs.
As an innovative entrepreneur, Reed provides strategic advice to the award-winning Ascendant Group Branding, which specializes in executive branding and public relations, working with a wide-range of clientele, including multibillion-dollar company CEOs and executives and fast growth entrepreneurs. She is 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.
Reed is an active member of her community, serving on several professional and non-for-profit boards as a member, executive council member and chair. 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.
Reed’s accomplishments have garnered media attention, locally, nationally and internationally. She has been featured in print, digital and broadcast outlets, including 6ABC, NBC, ShondaLand Digital, Huffington Post Business, Thrive Global (contributor), Woman of Faith Global Magazine (cover), The Journal of American Management Association, Charisma Magazine, Essence and EBONY Magazine, HR.com, PureWOW, FOX News and Radio One.
Her exceptional work in leadership and business has earned numerous awards by such organizations as the National Urban League, American Express, national publications and the City of Philadelphia for her leadership. She has been named one of the Minority Business Leader’s Award honorees from the Philadelphia Business Journal. She 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.
Additionally, she was one of the Top 28 Black Leaders for their impact on diversity & inclusion, Color Magazine, Top ROI-NJ Influencer and honoree, the 2021 Philly Power Women, CORE Magazine Top 100 Most Influential Blacks and the 2022 and 2023 Power-List, Top 50 Chief Diversity Officers, Color Magazine, Nominee, the 2022 Compassionate Leaders Circle Award and the 2022 Hope Award recipient, American Cancer Society.
Reed has a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Public Administration from Westchester University and a Masters of Education, Adult Organizational Development and Public Policy from Temple University. She also has received her certification in Global Organizational Leadership, Human Resource Management, Temple Fox School of Business and received certifications in Training and Development and Communication and Conflict from Temple University.
Reed Development Group is a cutting-edge multi-disciplined Diversity, Equality and Inclusion solutions firm accelerating the future of an organization’s multicultural evolution and growth through innovation, development and advocacy. We specialize in customized results-oriented strategies that are designed to educate, revitalize, empower and innovate. As a result, we are uniquely positioned to help global organizations to achieve their major strategic, diversity and revenue priorities.
HOW WE DO IT
We successfully partner with global talent organizations, diversity, equality and inclusion practices and enhance, design or develop global organizational DE&I strategies and shape high-performing diverse cultures at some of the world’s most influential global organizations and universities.
“Diversity in companies needs to be Deliberate, Innovative, Valued, Seen,
Learned and Evolutionary.” – Kimberly S. Reed