Born & raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, Chelsea C. Williams is a visionary Workplace Strategist, International Speaker, & Social Entrepreneur on a mission to touch, move, and inspire global leaders and professionals.
Chelsea’s early interest in the intersections of business, psychology, and leadership led her to the field of human capital. Over 10 dynamic years, Chelsea led & managed global people initiatives on Wall Street interfacing executives, board of directors, and community leaders.
Today Chelsea advises global organizations in centering DE&I as a forethought, rather than an afterthought. She is also the Founder & CEO of College Code, a national talent development & retention firm supporting early stage professionals.
Chelsea is a thought leader on workplace inclusion & career navigation and has empowered over 10,000 across the globe through her programs. She has spoken at Ben & Jerry's, Penguin Random House, Kate Spade, Johnson & Johnson, The Society of Human Resource Management, The National Association of Colleges & Employers, and The Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Chelsea centers her life on the powerful words of the late Jackie Robinson, life is not a spectator sport. She is deeply committed to living out the highest calling, service. Chelsea supports the Jackie Robinson Foundation Alumni Association (in which she was a scholar) and the Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Chelsea obtained her BA in Economics from Spelman College on full scholarship. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.
Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
In October 2021, Chelsea was featured in Talent Development (TD) Magazine through her piece, "Strategies for Recruiting & Retaining Diverse Early-Career Professionals". The robust thought piece provided insights & best practices for Talent and Workforce Development Leaders committed towards building the nextgen of diverse talent.
EDUCATION & AWARENESS
Advised & supported the CEO of an award-winning, youth non-profit on implementing a robust DE&I strategy & change management process in support of staff, youth, and volunteers across New York City impacting over 2,000 stakeholders. Supported the establishment & integration of the agency's DE&I council sponsored by the CEO.
Designed & delivered CEO-Sponsored Inclusion Training Program for global fashion brand, reaching over 800 creative professionals & leaders across the marketing, supply chain, design, and merchandising functions; Program served as a catalyst in driving consciously inclusive product
Co-designed and administered a 10-week virtual summer fellowship for emerging leaders across the education sector (instructional & non-instructional); Facilitated weekly DE&I and leadership experiences reaching 50 professionals across the United States.
Advised on the establishment & administration of the first CEO-sponsored, employee resource group, launched to develop & retain emerging leaders & build multi-generational bridges across the global firm of roughly 850.
Supported over 150 job seekers & transitioners as a National Career Coach at The Muse; Served as an Executive Coach at the 2020 Black Enterprise Women of Power Conference in Las Vegas connecting over 1,000 senior executives, CEOs, entrepreneurs across the United States.
Forbes Next 1000 Entrepreneur of the Year
Congratulations to Founder & CEO, Chelsea C. Williams!
America is rich in small businesses. To shine a light on these entrepreneurial heroes, Forbes created the Next 1000. This year-round initiative showcases the ambitious sole proprietors, self-funded shops and pre-revenue startups in every region of the country—all with under $10 million in revenue or funding and infinite drive and hustle. Fueled by nominations and screened by top business minds and entrepreneurial superstars, these new faces will number 1,000 by year’s end.
MORE ON CHELSEA
Chelsea's vision is to live a life of impact & service. She is committed to helping build a "new" workplace centered on fostering safety & empathy, maintaining equity & inclusion, and fueling innovation through the lens of diversity.
Indoor Cycling (Peloton to be exact!), Podcast, Live Music, Travel & Cooking
FEEL GOOD SONG
Keys to the Kingdom (The Lion King) by Beyoncé, Tiwa Savage and Mr. Eazi
WOMEN WHO INSPIRE
Michelle Obama, Sara Blakely, Rosalind Brewer, Sarah Jakes Roberts, Tory Burch, and Agnes D. Johns, Chelsea's grandmother andfirst example of an entrepreneur!
The power of faith is transformative. It can be utilized in your own personal life to change your individual condition, and it can be used as a lifeline of spiritual strength to change a nation.
― The Honorable John Lewis
Chelsea deeply believes in, and pursues service. She has devoted her time, talents and treasures to making an impact. This commitment was first sparked at Spelman College where by graduation, she served over 200 hours across the Atlanta-metro.
Upon launching her first business, Chelsea made a pledge to incorporate a social impact strategy and invest a percentage of annual revenue into the communities she lives & works. Below are the core areas she supports annually:
Pro-Bono Speaking: Deliver four pro-bono "talks" or workshops to community-based organizations with annual revenues below $500,000.
Scholarship: Award two $1,000 career development grants to women who have overcome significant adversity on the path to career.
Business Development: Proactively source & partner with, POC and women-owned businesses.
Philanthropy: Gift four non-profits advancing higher education, economic development, or racial/gender equity with $1,500 each.