I never had to dim somebody's light for mine to shine brighter.
What does Women's History Month mean to you?
Women's History Month to me means that we continue to highlight and tell the story of so many women who have blazed trails and continue to light the undying candle for generations to come. Women of all nationalities continue to be pillars in their community while carrying the world on their shoulders and making it look easy!
Keisha J. Kelley, MBA, is a native of Huntsville, AL, now residing in Atlanta GA. Ms Kelley is a 2003 graduate of Southern University & A&M College, Baton Rouge LA., with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She also earned a Master of Business Administration degree in 2019 from University of Phoenix.
Keisha is the Founder and CEO of Black College Experience, an HBCU Sports Podcast with a vision to bring exposure to HBCU athletics. Ms. Kelley has been working in sports radio since 2011 and has hosted 5 different sports shows in which 3 she produced. In Ms. Kelley’s current role with Black College Experience, she serves as CEO as well as sideline reporter and journalist.
Keisha has covered events such as ESPNs SWAC MEAC Challenge, NBC Sports Bayou Classic, Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, Top 50 NBPA Camp and the Black College Football HOF Enshrinement. Kelley, has also attended the NFL Draft in which she also covered the Draft Day Red Carpet. Black College Experience has been invited to over 100 events including interviewing Deion “Prime Time” Sanders, media days, HBCU football showcases, career days, and sports panels. BCE has interviewed over 50 guests including, former and current National Football League Players, Commissioners, Coaches, Athletic Directors, etc. As the brand continues to catapult, Black College Experience continues to travel around the world to cover both D1 and D2 HBCU athletics. In addition to radio/media; Keisha started a scholarship fund in honor of her late father; James A Kelley. To date she has awarded 9 scholarships to students who currently attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities and adopted 4 Seniors during the pandemic.
In addition to Black College Experience, Keisha also serves as a mentor for Big Brother Big Sisters, Public Relations Officer Southern University Atlanta Alumni Chapter, and chairs and co chairs 3 committees, mentor (Southern University Mentoring Program) Southern University National Alumni Federation member & sports mentor (Gladiathers). Kelley has also been nominated for Honda’s Power of Dreams Award. In 2019, Kelley was selected as one of the top 40 under 40 Cohort Class by the Southern University Alumni Federation and was featured in Voyage ATL Magazine twice.
In 2020 Keisha was featured in the HBCU Documentary: The Experience. Her biggest highlight of her career was interviewing Pro Football HOFer Deion Sanders, upon announcing his joining Jackson State University as head football coach.