Kelly Jean Brough
Kelly Jean BroughChief strategy officer, Metro State University; former CEO, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader; a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

Kelly Brough is the former President and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, which represents more than 3,000 businesses and 400,000 employees in Colorado. In her career, she has worked to advance Coloradans through multiple capacities in the private sector, higher education, human services, and government including as the director of an internationally recognized leadership program, chief of staff to then-Mayor John Hickenlooper, and the first female director of human resources for the City of Denver. At the Chamber, Kelly funneled her passion for putting more Coloradans to work through advocating for sound public policy and economic development efforts. In 2019, she led the Chamber to establish Prosper CO, a cross-sector effort guided by the business community to create the best economy in the nation where everybody can prosper, regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender. Prosper CO is fully embedded in the Chamber’s work today and leads the business community’s efforts to identify disparities and remove barriers creating economic opportunity for all Coloradans. Kelly currently serves on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver; the board of trustees for Colorado Mesa University; the Corporate Board of Delta Dental of Colorado and as Chair of the Delta Dental Foundation.

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