Executive Leadership Breakout Session 2:
Non-Traditional Leader in a Traditional World
Female leadership is still a rarity in many industries today. Dr. Kelly Hunt has defied this stereotype throughout her career and embodied non-traditional leadership in traditional settings like the military, business ownership, higher education, and federal government.
Dr. Kelly A. Hunt is serving as the district director for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Pittsburgh District Office where she is responsible for the delivery and leadership of the agency's financial and business development programs throughout 27 counties in Western Pennsylvania.
Prior to her SBA appointment, Hunt was employed at California University of Pennsylvania where she spearheaded a strategic initiative to improve the overall entrepreneurial culture of the university community, which included the creation of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Center and Student Incubator.
Additionally, she spent five years as a development specialist at the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission where she implemented community and economic development initiatives throughout a nine-county region. Her work experience also includes curriculum development and instruction, having taught numerous undergraduate and non-credit courses in leadership, management, and business.
An entrepreneur herself, District Director Hunt has hands-on experience in starting and operating businesses in Pennsylvania. She also is involved in social entrepreneurship initiatives, through which she passionately inspires others to pursue entrepreneurship on a global level.
An Air Force veteran, Dr. Hunt served more than nine years as a security policeman. She received a doctoral degree in organizational leadership, holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems management.
A native of Washington County, Pa., Hunt serves in a leadership capacity for four local organizations and has traveled internationally to help communities around the world. Hunt has been married to her husband, Terry, for 29 years; they are the parents of three grown children and are grandparents to seven granddaughters.