Prior to founding Polished Pebbles, Kelly managed research studies, national marketing for McGraw-Hill Publishing Company and a non-profit college preparatory program for high school students. Kelly is also the author of the new book, "They're All The Same Girl: Lessons Learned While Mentoring Our Girls & Building Polished Pebbles."
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. She was also honored by Walker's Legacy and Accelerate with Google in celebration of Women's History Month. Her service was recognized by Verizon Wireless in 2013 as part of their "Everyday Heroes" initiative, and in 2014, Kelly was a recipient of the Margaret Burroughs Award and the American Red Cross Heroes Award.