Kelley F. Cornish, MA, CCDP
Director, Diversity & Inclusion | Author | Speaker
Kelley F. Cornish, MA, CCDP, is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion for AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies headquartered in Philadelphia, PA with locations in 17 states and the District of Columbia. AmeriHealth Caritas is the nation’s leader in health care solutions for the underserved and chronically ill, impacting the lives of more than 6-million members nationwide. The mission of AmeriHealth Caritas is to help people get care, stay well and build healthy communities. Our goal is to provide responsible managed care solutions, including Medicaid, Medicare, and CHIP—plus pharmacy benefit management, behavioral health and administrative services.
As the Director, Diversity & Inclusion for AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, Kelley serves on the Corporate Human Resources team and is responsible for working collaboratively with assigned business units in the creation, promotion and implementation of diversity action plans. This includes leading, designing and implementing company-wide diversity and inclusion initiatives; consulting with and providing subject matter expertise to business leadership; and providing the diversity and inclusion vision to help support workplace, marketplace, and community growth. In addition, Kelley oversees diversity analytics, EEO and other HR local, state and federal requirements; the enterprise’s teleworker program comprised of 1,200+ associates; and she has RFP and new business activation and implementation responsibilities.
Prior to joining AmeriHealth Caritas, Kelley consulted on HR and Diversity & Inclusion processes while serving as the President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management (Philly SHRM) – one of the largest chapters in the country. Kelley’s background also includes leading the efforts of the Diversity, Inclusion and Talent Management function for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia from 2005 – 2010. Her professional career has also included serving as an assistant vice president in corporate relations in the banking industry and a vice president of marketing and development in the nonprofit arena. To her credit, she was the first woman and the youngest person to serve as an executive director of a U.S. Department of Commerce-funded minority business development center in Augusta, GA early in her career.
Kelley has trained and developed leaders and staff at AmeriCorps, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, KPMG, Education Works, SOS International Assistance, Inc., Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), Sunoco, and international visiting scholars and students from China attending the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel and Temple University, to name a few. Most recently, Kelley has served as the keynote speaker for various organizations including the Women of Independence (Independence Blue Cross & AmeriHealth Administrators), TD Bank’s Minorities in Leadership, Wawa & Penske Diversity & Inclusion Symposium, and Executive Women International.
Certified as a diversity management professional by Cornell University, Kelley holds a Masters in HR Management from Webster University and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina – Aiken. She is also a certified facilitator on leadership by The John Maxwell Company.
Kelley has been recognized as a “Woman on the Move” by the MainLine Times, featured in the Chicago based magazine, USTYLEU, nominated for the Delaware Valley Human Resources Person of the Year, and has been awarded the Pioneer in Healthcare (Leadership Award) by the National Association of Health Service Executives as well as the Woman of Excellence Award for Business & Industry by Girl Scouts.
Committed to serving in her community, Kelley is on the leadership team of her church, Grace Chapel, where she is a deaconess and also works with the women’s ministry. She believes in supporting and championing causes related to civil rights and social action – women and children, equity in health care, and the development and promotion of diverse talent in the workplace. She is a member of Women of Philanthropy with the Philadelphia Foundation and has donated her time and expertise to such organizations as Girls, Inc., the Philadelphia Metropolitan Career Center, Chinese Outreach Ministries, and the NAACP. She frequently speaks on event topics related to emerging diverse talent, women in the workplace and beyond, diversity and inclusion, and leadership. Kelley is also the co-author of her first book, “It’s Work! How Will You Show Up?” where she offers relevant advice for excelling to the next level of success in the workplace and in your personal life.
Kelley is the proud mother of two sons, Avery 23, a recent graduate of Arizona State University who now works for Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) as an Analyst in New York City, and Trey, 15, a freshman honors student and athlete at Haverford High School. She resides near Philadelphia, PA, and really enjoys life! What brings her great joy is spending time with family, visiting friends, traveling and trying new recipes every opportunity she gets outside of her fast-paced schedule!