Disruption Strategist I Serial Entrepreneur I Inspirational Speaker
Shelly Bell is a systems disruptor. She’s blazed new ways of thinking in the educational, political, and financial systems and has scaled over 100 businesses across sectors. Shelly has worked as a K-12 Educator, Patent Examiner, Spoken Word Artist and is a Computer Scientist and nonprofit executive. Between creating the first teepee for women on AirBnB, launching a business as a single mom of three, and building tech platforms for equitable financial capital, Shelly practices the mantra she preaches to ‘resist being average’. Her most recent disruption, Black Girl Ventures Foundation, transforms entrepreneurship by reimagining the way black and brown women founders get access to financial and social capital.
Top 100 Powerful Women in Business by Entrepreneur Magazine
Entrepreneur of the Year, Technically DC
Minority Female Professional of the Year, U.S. Minority Chamber of Commerce
The Spectrum Circle Award for Innovative Women in Business, Spectrum Circle
24 Rising Brand Stars 2018, Adweek DC
Tech 25, Washington Life Magazine
Top 40 Power Women in Tech, DCA Live
Washington's New Guards, Washington Business Journal
As an inspirational speaker, serial entrepreneur, and one of the 8 original Google Digital Coaches, she has trained over 5,000 entrepreneurs to rethink their earning potential; held over 300 events for executives to disrupt their thinking; and helped hundreds of black and brown businesses get funding to scale. She trots the globe–from Oman to Philadelphia—speaking to founders and executives, teaching them how to defy ‘average’ and create lasting change in their systems, industries, and communities.
She was named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Business by Entrepreneur Magazine and acknowledged as A Rising Brand Star by Adweek. She has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Yahoo Finance, Inc Magazine, Politico Live, The Washington Business Journal, among others.
She is on the board of Mahlika and Color of Chrons and Chronic Illness and founder SheRaise.com. Shelly is the host of a Dose of Disruption, a podcast helping leaders resist the urge to be average by disrupting their thought patterns and self-talk.