Brian Corley Bio
Brian Corley is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Single Story, Inc. He is also the Middle School Head at The Roeper School, in Birmingham, Michigan. Since 2015, Brian has served as a National SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Facilitator Trainer. He completed a full term as a member of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) Equity and Justice Committee which is the governing organization over 240 independent schools in 14 states.
Brian has trained hundreds of diversity practitioners in self-directed diversity seminars that they have taken back to their organizations to increase awareness, build cultural competency, and influence positive change. Additionally, he advises boards and organizational leaders in diversity strategic planning, while also participating in the writing and execution of diversity policies that guide organizations toward more inclusive practices.
Brian has been a Diversity Practitioner since 2010 and currently works with public and independent schools, universities, not-for-profits, and for-profit organizations in the midwest. He graduated from Cranbrook Kingswood Schools in Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University in Kinesiology and a Masters in Administration from Northwestern University. He has been married for 11 years to Dr. Kellie Corley.
Dr. Kellie Corley Bio
Dr. Kellie Corley is the co-owner and Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Single Story, Inc. She is also a SEED facilitator and diversity curriculum specialist. Kellie taught second and fourth grade for six years before moving into school leadership. After receiving her Master of Arts in Teaching, Kellie began her doctoral studies with a focus on urban leadership. While in her program, Kellie worked first as an assistant principal for two years before taking on headship of a K-8 school in the Bronzeville community of Chicago. While serving as a Head of School, Kellie completed her program in record time. Her dissertation focused on an analytical study of demoralized and underachieving schools and how to rebuild the instructional capacity of those communities through strengthened pedagogy and social/emotional achievement.
Kellie decided to leave the Chicago Public Schools system to partner with her husband, Brian Corley, in running Single Story Inc., a diversity integration consultancy that specializes in changing people's hearts. She also serves as the youth director at her church. As an advocate for children, Kellie continues to promote her leadership philosophy focused on a commitment to partnering with educators, families, and communities to educate the whole child.
Kellie attended the University of Miami, Florida where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism and Economics. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching from Dominican University and her Doctorate of Education in Urban Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago. As a lifelong learner, Kellie embeds her academic research and training with the work of school leadership to help schools develop high functioning teams and systems that strengthen professional learning communities.
“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie