Podcast: Dawn Kelly on Her Journey From High-Powered Executive to Entrepreneur

Podcast: Dawn Kelly on Her Journey From High-Powered Executive to Entrepreneur

Dawn Kelly

Six years ago I quit my job in order to focus on building my PR firm House of Success full-time. The person who hired me for that last job and who was one of my last bosses was Dawn Kelly (@PRMaven17).

Dawn Kelly is an OG in the PR world. Over the course of her long and storied career she has worked her communications magic for AARP, served as the director of public relations for York College and spent the last 16 years working in the global communications department at Prudential Financial where she last held the position of Department Vice President of Global Communications.

She has also provided counsel, resources and support to numerous industry organizations and executives and is currently providing PR services under her own banner while preparing for the opening of her first brick and mortar business: a juice bar called The Nourish Spot.

On this episode, Dawn and I talk about our relationship, how to best bridge the generational gap between Black women in the workplace, how to reinvent yourself as a free agent and entrepreneur after spending 20+ years in the corporate world and so much more.

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  • I love Dawn Kelly! She is a powerhouse and very special. The first time I met her I noticed she glowed. I could see her aura. She changed my life! She became my mentor and has guided me throughout my career. I am so proud of her for starting her own business The Nourish Spot juice bar http://thenourishspot.com/. I know it will be a great success!

    • MissSuccess

      Thank you so much for listening!!

      • I enjoy your podcast and listen often. Last week when Dawn Kelly’s name appeared on my feed for your show I was so excited! She didn’t tell me she was interviewed so imagine my surprise — one of my favorite people featured on one of my favorite podcasts.

        When Dawn talked about her experience working with you and how you help pave the way for other interns to enter through the program because of how successful you were, it left me with goosebumps. It shows that when we do our best and exceed expectations that it not only benefits our career but helps pave the way for other who follow.

        As always another inspiration podcast that left me feeling empowered! Thank you Sakita Holley for all you do!

        • MissSuccess

          This is so so sweet and reminds me that what I do is so much bigger than me. Thank you again!

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