Speak Write Blog Teach
Kellie Richardson (aka Brown Betty) was born and raised in Tacoma. Always having an affinity for the written word, Kellie wrote her first book in second grade. Since then she’s used writing to get jobs, keep jobs, brighten days, and cope with life’s challenges. After 10 years in higher education, Kellie stumbled upon a contract position at the Northwest Leadership Foundation (NLF). Her work with NLF immediately sparked her passion to work with young people and aspiring leaders to find their voice and to contribute to positive transformation in the city. Kellie has taken on various roles at NLF from Training Coordinator for Act Six, to Special Assistant to the President to the Director of the Urban Leaders in Training program. Kellie remains on the executive team at NLF and continues to support innovative and dynamic leadership development initiatives, as well as teaching coursework at Pacific Lutheran University. Her passion is to invest in leaders who have traditionally not had a voice.
In 2012, Kellie embarked on another journey when she launched her blog, brownbetty253. Kellie created Brown Betty, to provoke authentic dialogue and empower its readers to speak, heal, laugh, and love. Although the vulnerability is still terrifying, Kellie shares everything from her battle with depression and anxiety, to the pain of poor self image, to misadventures in parenting. The blog also prompted Kellie to expand her writing from traditional poetry to spoken word. Kellie is currently completing a book of poetry and is working to expand Brown Betty to include a speaker series and community dialogues.
Kellie is available for both corporate, educational, and creative projects, meetings, and events. Click here for a menu of organizational development and teaching services.
For lectures, keynotes, and poetry or spoken word performances, please email me with desired date/time, and a detailed description of your event/project. I look forward to working with you!