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Kelly Burton

Political scientist, serial entrepreneur, change agent and social critic. Kelly Burton is a modern-day renaissance woman who leads with passion, purpose and vision. She is the founder of Nexus Research Group, a social impact firm that works with foundations and large-scale nonprofits to help them catalyze change in local communities. She is also the Founder of Bodyology, a tech-based apparel company dedicated to creating clothes for women on-the-go. Her newest venture is Founders of Color (FOC), a digital platform committed to helping minority entrepreneurs grow and scale their businesses. In addition to her entrepreneurial endeavors, she’s been a regular contributor for HuffPost and served on several local and national boards. She earned a BA from Clark Atlanta University and a PhD from Emory University, both in Political Science.

Founders of Color (FOC) is a national organization dedicated to minority small business growth. They understand the power of entrepreneurship to achieve economic equality and view entrepreneurs of color as untapped resources that, when unleashed, will grow the nation’s economy, strengthen its social fabric, and bring renewed vitality to the American Dream. With 4,100 members in 42 states, Founders of Color is building a movement for change. Since 2017, they have delivered programming that connects members to the resources and information they need to scale, all while building a community where they feel challenged, supported, and understood.

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