Keli Avery is a woman of faith, creative, trailblazer and a go-getter with a passion for empowering others. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Keli was educated through the Chicago Public School system at Simeon Career Academy and attended Illinois State University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication in 2004. She has been a financial and active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for 17 years and more recently a Charter Member of the Chicago Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter. She obtained a Master of Science in Advertising and Publishing from Pace University and jumpstarted a career with AT&T Advertising and Publishing. In 2011, Keli transitioned into Resident Services at The Chicago Housing Authority where she currently provides programming solutions, contract compliance and quality improvement to social service providers that move families toward self-sufficiency. Keli’s love for God, desire for helping others and gifts has always inspired her to create opportunity that would build the black community.
From an early age, Keli has always had a love for the arts and spent several years as a dancer and choreographer with several companies throughout the Chicagoland area. In 2016, Keli’s entrepreneurial spirit and her love for the arts inspired her to launch Creative I Arts, Inc. Creative I, offers programs that help organizations bridge the gap of performing arts needs in underserved communities through youth development, mentoring, leadership and instruction. Creative I specializes in dance, drama and art. Creative I has worked with several community organizations and schools, such as Boys and Girls Club, South-Side Help Center, The Community Builders and Perspective Charter Schools. Due to a lack of funding and resources in many of our African American urban communities, Keli birthed The Creative Collection. The Creative Collection is known for its Dope apparel that is fashionable, versatile and creative. The Creative Collection can be found in local boutiques and online at . For every purchase, a portion of the proceeds will sponsor the expansion of performing arts programs in urban communities. After several years as a successful business owner providing both services and products, and over 9 years’ experience managing urban development programming, Keli decided to expand her footprint and launched Creative I Consulting services where she will help unlock entrepreneurial potential, develop strategy, find resources and coach individuals to building a thriving business.