Kelley is the co-founder and CEO of the Paige & Paxton STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) system. Kelley taught herself to code at the age 16 and as a result, was instrumental in leading nationally recognized STEM pipelining programs. Kelley lead teams designed to expose middle and high school students to opportunities in computer science across the country.
After working with pipelining organizations, she realized the need to start STEM awareness and proficiency earlier in the funnel. She resigned her Assistant Vice President position at JP Morgan Chase to focus on Paige & Paxton, as the brand began to build traction by signing on major school systems, such as Chicago Public Schools. In addition to her role at JP Morgan Chase, Kelley has years of experience in financial services and digital marketing at Fortune 500 companies such as Walgreen Co., Discover Financial Services, and American Express.
Kelley is also an avid storyteller and has presented for TEDx, ComEd, The Girl Scouts, General Assembly, New York University, Social Media Week, Internet Week and at the Chicago Moth. Kelley has been named “Crain’s Chicago Business 20 in their 20s,” received the “Power 30 Under 30™ award presented by Porsche in the Business category, received the “Chicago Scholars 35 under 35 Young Leaders Making an Impact” award, named a “Hero in Education” by the Soar Women’s Empowerment Summit, and was a recipient of the YWCA YWomen Leadership Award. Kelley served as a board member of the Evanston Community Foundation, which distributes over $1.3 million dollars in grants each year. Kelley is a graduate of Howard University School of Business.