Kimberly S. Reed
Kimberly S. Reed
A Conversation with author Kimberly S. Reed
Award-winning Global Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Expert, Trainer, Author, Strategist, Ambassador
Kimberly S. Reed, M.Ed., CDE, The Corporatepreneur ™ Chief Transformational Officer of the Reed Development Group, is a skillful and strategic leader who leverages into her more than 25 years of experience in HR, talent acquisition and diversity & inclusion training to transform leadership and companies into high-performing organizations.
Reed’s infectious energy, lioness tone and inspiring sincerity engages audiences on topics ranging from the innovation and evolution of diversity, equality, inclusion and belonging, personal, professional and leadership development.
As CTO at Reed Development Group, she has developed a cutting-edge multi-disciplined Diversity, Equality and Inclusion solutions firm that is perfectly positioned to advise, train and develop leaders who are empowered to create more inclusive and belonging organizational cultures.
Reed is a best-selling author of Optimists Always Win! – Moving from Defeat to Life’s C-Suite (Simon Schuster/HCI Communications) where she shares her personal stories and advice on overcoming life’s most difficult challenges. She draws from her own journey of climbing out of the depths of emotional turmoil at the death of her best-friend mother, her inspirational dad, and her own battle with breast cancer. Reed has channeled her passions to serve as an “Ambassador for Cancer,” using 100% of the proceeds from her book to fund two cancer charities.
Reed is a highly sought-after speaker at professional conferences around the world, and is a regular speaker and lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s LEAD Program, Howard University School of Business, Executive MBA/Education Programs.
As an innovative entrepreneur, Reed provides strategic advice to the award-winning Ascendant Group Branding, which specializes in executive branding and public relations, working with a wide-range of clientele, including multibillion-dollar company CEOs and executives and fast growth entrepreneurs. She is a founding member of the Forbes Agency Council for PR and Advertising. With an award winning team across company cultures, brand design, and PR related work.
Kaleidoscope Diversity is another example of Reed’s business savvy. The company is a unique strategic alliance between McConnell & Jones LLP and Reed Development Group, which was developed for companies who want to harness the power of an engaged, diverse workforce and diverse supply chain in today’s hyper-competitive global marketplace in the capabilities of one solutions provider. The company has a tailored approach to innovative, high impact virtual training and strategic sourcing initiatives, allowing our clients to address internal and external issues that can hinder an organization’s full potential with its workforce and suppliers.
Reed is an active member of her community, serving on several professional and non-for-profit boards as a member, executive council member and chair. She is also a member of The Links, Inc., one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of accomplished, dedicated African American Women who are active in their communities and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated with over 300, 000 members globally.
As a Founding Advisory Committee Member of the University of Pennsylvania and DiverseForce Board Governance Training Program, Reed provides leadership training for leaders of color who want to achieve greater effectiveness as organizational leaders while making a social impact as board members.
Reed’s accomplishments have garnered media attention, locally, nationally and internationally. She has been featured in print, digital and broadcast outlets, including 6ABC, NBC, ShondaLand Digital, Huffington Post Business, Thrive Global (contributor), The Journal of American Management Association, Charisma Magazine, Essence and EBONY Magazine, HR.com, iHeartMedia, FOX News and Radio One.
Her exceptional work in leadership and business has earned numerous awards by such organizations as the National Urban League, American Express, national publications and the City of Philadelphia for her leadership. She has been named one of the Minority Business Leader’s Award honorees. She received the prestigious 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Salute to Greatness Award: Ambassador Global Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, in addition to the 2020 Game Changer: Community Service Award for Entrepreneurship, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Impact.
Additionally, she was one of the Top 28 Black Leaders for their impact on diversity & inclusion, Color Magazine, Top ROI-NJ Influencer and honoree, the 2021 Philly Power Women, CORE Magazine Top 100 Most Influential Blacks and the 2022 Power-List, Top 50 Chief Diversity Officers, Color Magazine.
Reed has a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Public Administration from Westchester University and a Masters of Education, Adult Organizational Development and Public Policy from Temple University. She also has received her certification in Global Organizational Leadership, Human Resource Management, Temple Fox School of Business and received certifications in Training and Development and Communication and Conflict from Temple University.
WE OFFER THE RIGHT MIX OF MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT TO DRIVE YOUR CELEBRATION.
Music is impactful and the heart of many celebrations. It helps create the memories that you and your guest want to experience. From soft, subtle mood setting music all the way to high-energy, packed dance floors, Supermix Entertainment will create the atmosphere that will complement your event. Our team comes from Queens, New York, a diverse and exciting place. It’s an infusion of many cultures, and as professionals, we embrace them all and understand how to make your event customized to fit your needs. Celebrations of life’s greatest and most special moments is a part of the human experience, and we love being a part of it. This genuine drive to make peoples’ important events better has kept us among the elite in quality entertainment services for over 15 years—and we are still going strong, as evidenced by the amazing feedback we receive from clients. Because we’ve done so well, we’ve been able to expand our company by purchasing a Yacht for a venue for our clients, and we also have Photobooth photography services to help capture the energy in pictures. It’s a complete party experience.
VIRTUAL EVENTS Here at Supermix, we’ve created virtual event experiences unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. We use our high quality audio, video, custom graphics, and extremely talented entertainers to give your event that personalized touch and engagement we are all looking to achieve. To see those happy faces of people genuinely having a great time and feeling connected with one another really makes us feel like we have something special and drives us to keep innovating.
Willie Brown & Friends
Willie Brown and Friends
Willie Brown is one of the funniest Comedian/Ventriloquists on the planet. He along with his partners, Woody, Uncle Rufus, and Aunt Tee have been entertaining audiences worldwide for years. He performs largely at churches, theaters, family nights, and corporate events.
Brown has been seen on Bounce TV’s sitcom “Last Call,” ”The Rickey Smiley TV Show”, BET Comic View, HBO Def Comedy Jam, the movie “All About You,” Showtime Network’s “Barbershop,” and more. He’s opened for Marvin Sapp, Yolanda Adams, David and Tamela Mann, Gladys Knight, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Steve Harvey, and a host of others. He recently launched his very own YouTube channel featuring: “Minister Deacon Uncle Rufus Preaches,” “Bible Trivia with Uncle Rufus,” “Mya and Woody Safety Tips,” and “Don Lemonade from CNN.” Originally from New Haven, CT now living in Atlanta, Georgia please put your hands together for the comedy of Willie Brown and Friends!!!
Best Kept Soul
Best Kept Soul
Best Kept Soul
Welcome to BKS Entertainment featuring BEST KEPT SOUL~ The Band ‘BKS.’ Hailing from Delaware with roots extending through New York, Philadelphia & Baltimore. ‘BKS’ has even reached as far away as Indonesia. The Members of Our Band are well versed in many genres of music, ranging from Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop and Rock just to name a few….. Individually they have acquired many different accolades in the areas of Music Education, Live Performance, Video & Record Production. ‘BKS’ has opened for &/or shared the stage with the likes of Dru Hill, Kelly Price, Monica, The Dells, Levert, the Roots, Musiq Soulchild, LL Cool J, Bunny Sigler, Miles Jaye, Alyson Williams, Ray, Goodman & Brown, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, the Stylistics, Al B. Sure, The Intruders, Marvin Winans, Carol Riddick, Jaguar Wright, Kindred The Family Soul and Eric Roberson. ‘BKS’ is an ‘Intact Group’ ~ collectively offering over 75 years of experience in the Music Industry. Honored as the ‘Peoples Choice’-Best Live Band @ the 2016, 2012 & 2010 DelawareBlack.com Awards Ceremony, ‘BKS’ continues to be recognized for their ability to remain Innovative, SOUL Filled & Classic. Allow us to introduce you to BEST KEPT SOUL~ The Band ‘BKS’!
BEST KEPT SOUL has provided the highest of quality live entertainment for almost two decades and the feedback on social media and their website speaks for itself of the satisfaction that they have provided to their audiences. Performing Hits from the 50’s 60’s 70’s 80’s ~ through current Billboard Toppers for Corporate Events, Annual Celebrations, Galas, Weddings, Bar-Bat Mitzvahs, Hotels, Casinos, Social Gatherings & Private Celebrations. NO Venue or Occasion too Big or Small. ‘BKS’ is adaptable & able to bring every audience to their feet!
For more information go to: www.bestkeptsoul.com
Sherry’s career spans over thirty years in the music industry, and 20 years in education. She has performed and recorded at world renowned recording studios, television and radio stations as a lead & background vocalist, and voice-over artist throughout the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean Islands.
She has performed with Billy Paul, Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, Smooth Jazz artists- Gerald Veasley, Monnette Sudler, John Blake, Derrick Hodges-bassist with Terrance Blanchard, trumpeter-Duane Eubanks, Justin Faulkner-drummer with Branford Marsalis, the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble, bassist-Terry Tyler, and percussionist Doc Gibbs- Emeril Live Show, among others.
Sherry’s work is exemplified in a diverse repertoire of upbeat contemporary jazz, R&B, pop, and gospel selections.
DJ Kevy Kev & DJSL
“THERE’S NO PARTY LIKE A OLD SCHOOL PARTY CAUSE AN OLD SCHOOL PARTY DONT STOP”
HitJamzDJs started entertaining party people since the mid 80’s. From block party, college fundraisers, family reunion, clubs and radio. DJ KEVY KEV(group starter) had the honor of djing on Philadelphia Radio. (100.3fm) and on Clear Channel Stations as well.
Even today HitJamzDJs still continues to bring good music and style to a
K-Mack Clean Comedy
The Comedienne with the Big Heart who gets the Big Laughs!
Comedienne K-Mack is your Comedienne with the Big Heart who gets the Big Laughs. She has been commissioned to perform on The Capital Jazz Festival’s “SUPERCRUISE” with Royal Caribbean in January 2023. She has made guest appearances on YouTube’s “The Michael Colyar Morning Show” on August 9, 2021 (Episode #245), and December 3, 2021 (Episode #312), won “2019 Comedienne of the Year” through Church Stars Network, and proudly represents Wilmington/New Castle, Delaware.
K-Mack is currently the CEO of KMack Management, TV Host of KMack’s Clean Comedy Corner which can be viewed on YouTube, Church Stars Network App and Catch The Fire Network (CTF-TV) on FireStick, Roku, and Apple TV, and runs a monthly comedy room with Comedienne Belynda Cleare called “The Comedy Corner ” at Bootless Stageworks Theatre.
She made her television debut on August 9, 2016, on the Tee Macoroni Show which aired on PhillyCam. A few years later, on June 4, 2020, she performed on the Lonnie Hunter Variety Show (The Gospel Industry’s 1st Late Night TV Variety Show) that aired on Rhema Television Network.
On May 22, 2020, she made her writing debut, as a co-author, alongside Comedienne Tanya Lewis and other talented comics on a book titled BEHIND THE MASK “Behind the Laughs”, and on June 15, 2018, was a featured guest on ‘Coming to the Stage’ a segment on the Get Up Morning Show with Erica Campbell & Comedian Griff.
Her comedy career, which now spans more than 11 years, began July 24, 2010, when a good friend (Chanelle Renee Sibert) urged her to open for Comedian Clint Coley at a local comedy show. She instantly connected with the audience and kept their attention with her clean BUT FUNNY humor. (This moment was captured on YouTube).
K-Mack is a newlywed and married to the love of her life, Bassist Richard Hill Jr. Her manager is her 14-year-old daughter, Carrie, who is her heart. She passionately advocates for single mothers, entrepreneurs, and anyone of LARGER FAITH. She is a proud member of The Resurrection Center in Wilmington, DE where her Pastor is Bishop S. Todd Townsend & Pastor Cleo Valina Townsend, and in her spare time, she serves as a personal assistant for Its Ok 2 Laugh Productions, Philly’s Largest platform for Clean Comedy, promoted by sir Anthony Trott.
She has had the pleasure of sharing the stage or Zoom with esteemed comedians such as Michael Colyar, Comedian Hamburger, Sister Cantaloupe “Trina Jeffries”, Comedian Lester Barrie, Comedian Griff, IG Sensation Karlton Humes – @NotKarltonBanks, Comedian Cizzle C, Comedienne Tanya Lewis, Comedienne Belynda Cleare, Comedian Joshua Dennison, and the honor to host the “Never Should Have Ate It Comedy Tour” with the King of Christian Comedy, Comedian Chris Clark.
Susan Jarvis Ragland
Susan Jarvis Ragland
Urban Folk Art
“Urban folk art” is how Susan describes her genre of art. “It’s hip, cool and contemporary and resides outside of the classically traditional conventions.”
Influenced by the work of Jacob Lawrence and William H. Johnson, Susan’s angular and curved figures appear to dance on each painting. Her characters’ expressionless faces contrast their dynamic movements, and friendship remains the most recurrent theme in her art. Her paintings are light-hearted, fun and joyous!
“My intention is to imbue each work with kind, kinetic, and soulful energy, often expressed through the hair or hands. The paintings are vibrant, positive and transmit a zest for life.”
A native Washingtonian, Susan is a self-taught artist, who received non-art degrees from the University of Virginia and Georgetown University.
Exhibits include: the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s “Showcase Noir”, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh; Art Around Gallery, Philadelphia; “Two Artists: One Show”, Philadelphia; “Soulpurpose Exhibit”: Penn Gallery, Pittsburgh; Industrial Bank’s Author and Artists Showcase, Washington, D.C.; Congressional Black Caucus, Washington, D.C.; “Can You Imagine Me”, Rowan College Beitzel Gallery, Glassboro, New Jersey; National Medical Association, Philadelphia; “Sliding Through the Funk”, Washington, D.C., Keystone Cluster Links’ Founder’s Day : Kimmel Center , Philadelphia, Indie-Life Media Philadelphia, and numerous conferences and private shows.
In 2012, Canaan Christian Arts Ministry awarded Kenny Gamble, Stephanie Mills and other artists, works by Susan. In 2017, she designed and created the cover art for the George Washington University anthology “Diversity and Inclusion: Advancing GW’s commitment to Academic Excellence.” In 2019, coasters featuring Susan’s paintings were sold in boutiques in both Philadelphia and Vineyard Haven. SoulVision Magazine featured Susan in the October 2019 issue. In 2020, her design was chosen for flap board display in the We Vote Contest promoted by Oat Foundry, the Committee of Seventy and La Colombe. Most recently, Susan provided illustrations for the academic text, “Do Right by Me” (Harris and D’Angelo).
Susan Jarvis Ragland originals adorn the homes of sports professionals, television personalities, and private art collectors throughout the United States. She hopes you enjoy her work.