Shelly Bell is a system disruptor and business strategist who moves ideas to profit while empowering people to live more authentically. As a cultural translator she connects entrepreneurs, investors and corporations in order to diversify their talent pipeline, increase equity and grow their brands.
As a Computer Scientist with a background in performance poetry, K-12 Education and IP Strategy, she is what best-selling author Daniel Pink defines as “A Whole New Mind.” Named Entrepreneur of the Year (2017) by Technically DC, listed on the Top 40 New Power Women in Tech by DCA Live and acknowledged as A Rising Brand Star by Adweek, She is among the nation's most sought after Ecosystem Builders and transformational speakers in the Washington, DC Metro area. Her organization, Black Girl Ventures (BGV) is a social enterprise that creates access to social and financial capital for Black/Brown women founders. BGV travels the country with a disruptive pitch competition that shifts the power dynamics in funding by combining crowdfunding and pitching. Google recognized Shelly’s ability to engage an audience from grassroots to government. As a result, she serves as the Google Digital Coach for DC working to bridge the digital divide for Black & Latinx business owners.
Shelly Bell is unquestionably an extraordinarily gifted speaker with an unflinching desire to remain honest with herself and others. Her magnetic energy attaches an undeniable movement of social impact to any initiative she’s a part of and makes her motto ring true in every interaction - "Resist the Urge to be Average!"