What We Do
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 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
At Single Story, Inc. we believe that the mark of a great organization can be found in the diversity of its employees – diversity of identity, thought, and experiences. Diversity not only involves how people perceive themselves but also how they perceive others. These perceptions affect their interactions. For organizations with a wide range of employees to function at high levels of efficacy, leadership must effectively address issues of communication, adaptability, and change. Education and workforces will experience a significant increase in diversity in the coming years. Successful organizations recognize the need for immediate action to sustain positive productivity and high functioning teams. They are ready and willing to spend resources on managing diversity in the workplace now.
Although the diversity of an organization is a great indicator of its success and impact in a community, the inclusion of those diverse members within the organization may prove to be even more paramount. Helping organizations become more inclusive is our passion. And it is this unique skill-set that separates us from others in this work. It is not enough to simply increase an organization's diversity numbers - we have to meet the challenge of helping all to feel welcome, important, safe, secure and included. It is with this challenge in mind that Single Story, Inc. designs its programming to assist organizations in fostering an inclusive work environment using five stages of diversity development.
5 Stages of Development:
Assessing the Community (Strategic Planning)
Finding Our Narrative (Cultivating a Shared Theory of Action)
Building Cultural Competency
Sustaining an Inclusive Environment
Diversity training alone is not sufficient for your organization’s diversity management plan. A strategy must be created and implemented to sustain a culture of diversity that permeates every department and function of the organization. Hearts must be changed. Allow Single Story, Inc. to guide your organization to the change needed to reach inclusivity.