Led by our founder and executive board members, our leadership charts the course for the future of Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program. They support and set the tone for the programs and events that we offer to our girls, help to establish relationships with our corporate partners to develop unique career exploration opportunities, and execute their commitment to our organization and the girls and families that we serve with action.
Literacy advocate and mentor, Kelly Fair, founded Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program in 2009. Kelly was recently recognized by ComEd as one of Chicagoland's "Neighborhood Heroes" for her outstanding work in the local community and Chicago neighborhood, Roseland. Kelly has also been honored by Walker's Legacy and Accelerate with Google in celebration of Women's History Month, and is a recipient of the 2014 Margaret Burroughs Award from the DuSable Museum Women's Board, as well as an American Red Cross Heroes Award recipient. Additionally, Kelly received recognition in 2013 from Verizon Wireless' "Everyday Heroes" initiative for her service in the community.
Kelly Fair graduated from Howard University with a degree in Speech Pathology minoring in Psychology and completed her master’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Iowa. She uses her educational background to instill effective communication skills via the Polished Pebbles S.H.I.N.E. : Smile, Hello, Introduce, Nod your head, End the conversation.
Kelly’s current and previous board memberships include Bronzeville Community Action Council, Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League, Chicago Women in Publishing, the International Reading Association, the Advocacy Council of Women Employed, Inc., and the Christ Universal Temple Board of Directors. She continues to support organizations where she can collaborate with others interested in community improvement and literacy.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.