Kelly Fair, Founder and Executive Director of Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program is a passionate advocate for girls and young women. She’s a social entrepreneur, author, public speaker, training specialist, mentor, and expert on community engagement.

Kelly is a sought-after speaker for mentoring, communication skills, girls’ development and job readiness, professional leadership development, and social entrepreneurship. She’s a dynamic storyteller, communications expert, and relatable voice with the keen ability to penetrate the hearts of women with her honesty and expertise. Through her authentic conversational speaking style, she connects across socioeconomic statuses, intergenerationally, and cross-culturally—making her a phenomenal speaker or training facilitator in a conference setting.

Her ability to “polish pebbles”, helping young women and girls shine, has brought her recognition from Bank of America, ComEd, Verizon, Google, Duke University, Du Sable Museum of African American History, Social Enterprise Alliance, and more.

Since launching Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program 10 years ago in Chicago, Kelly’s signature communications and job readiness programming has expanded from elementary age girls to include high school, college programs, families, prominent women leaders, and to sites in Northwest Indiana, Dallas, Texas, and North Carolina.

Kelly has been featured in Ebony magazine, The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, The Chicago Sun-Times, and Chicago Woman magazine. Her book, “They’re All The Same Girl”, about her journey working with girls and building her highly regarded girls mentoring program, is available online.

Kelly has presented keynote remarks and participated as a panelist at local, national, and international events. Book Kelly Fair | The Mentor for your next keynote speaking engagement, conference or event panel. For rates and availability, email Sonya Lewis at

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