I am so excited to write this post about the incredible Kelly Addington today, because she is truly one of the most inspiring people I am lucky enough to call my client and friend. I’ve had the honor of working alongside the dynamic duo of Kelly & Becca (yes, the same Becca who is flying the plane here at See Her Soar) for seven years now and have helped them share their culture-shifting conversations about consent and sexual assault with the world. Her energy and passion are contagious (in a good way), so allow me to introduce Kelly!
1. Tell us in a few sentences what you do. And why you do it.
I’m a classic Gemini. When faced with two career paths, I decided to follow both. I am a truth speaking story teller, educator, activist, co-creator of Sexversations®, co-founder of ShiftCultures.org…and I am a higher education professional currently serving as senior director of development and alumni relations for the University of South Florida College of Arts & Sciences.
I help communities navigate critical conversations about consent, respect and sexual health to shift cultures. Since 2003, I have reached over 2,000,000 students, worked with more than 500 universities, military installations, and senior officials at the White House to help reduce sexual assault on campus. As a fundraiser in higher education, I work with alumni and donors to help advance meaningful research and fund scholarships for deserving students.
I am motivated by people and their stories! I do this work because I believe everyone has a story to tell and everyone deserves to be heard. I am committed to building a culture of consent, removing the shame and stigma related to sex and helping to create a world that believes and supports survivors of sexual assault. I am inspired by how philanthropy can help change lives and transform communities. I have a passion for connecting people to causes they care about and helping them achieve their philanthropic goals.
Ultimately, I want to do everything I can to ensure the world I hand my daughter is better than I found it.
2. What is your contact info (that you want shared) please include any active social handles, websites etc.
Facebook: Kelly Addington
Instagram/ Twitter: @kellyraddington
3. When I wake up in the morning the first thing I do is…
…try to be as quiet as possible so I can have 30 minutes to myself to read or meditate and enjoy my coffee with the sunrise. In these quiet morning hours my deep thoughts often lead to contemplation about whether or not I can go one more day without washing my hair.
4. My best business advice is….
…to trust your instincts. Ask for what you need. Surround yourself with people that are smarter than you and have different experience and perspective.
5. My professional goal for 2021 is…
…to host a successful women’s empowerment retreat.
6. Supporting women in business is now more critical than ever. How can our community best support you?
I would love to see government and private corporations come up with ways to support working women, and more specifically working moms. The gender inequity has become even more obvious during the pandemic.
7. Your Astrological sign:
8. Favorite donut:
Cronut which is the magical union of a donut and croissant.
9. Favorite podcast:
Triple tie: Unlocking Us, Armchair Expert and Dishonorable Mention
10. Favorite book:
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
11. Favorite pandemic binge watch:
Bridgerton—thank you (again) Shonda Rhimes!
12. When I practice self-care I…
Despite the fact that I sometimes feel a little guilty about making time to practice self-care, I always feel really good about allowing myself the time and space to do something I enjoy to relax and recharge. Self-care is not a luxury it is necessary.
13. The place I am happiest is…
…outside in nature when the temperature is cool enough not to sweat and warm enough that I don’t see my breath. When I get a chance to catch the first morning light or see the softness of the sun sink as it sets I feel a great sense of peace, connection and hope. Mother Nature is a pretty special gal.
14. People are surprised to learn I…
…am a first generation college student.
15. What’s your proudest professional moment to date?
During the Obama Administration I had the chance to advise senior officials at the White House to help reduce sexual assault on campus.
16. 2020 taught me…
…that I am resilient. My home and husband are my safe space and teachers are gifted miracle working angels on earth.