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Meet Our 2020 Keynote Speaker

Andrea “DREA” Kelly is a well-known dancer,choreographer, entrepreneur, actress, motivational speaker and reality TV star and former wife of singer/songwriter R. Kelly. She transformed her personal experiences of marital abuse and heartache into a relentless crusade of being “a voice for the voiceless.” Not allowing the power and fame of her abuser to stop her, she proudly promotes domestic violence awarenessand shares her testimony through her advocacy and motivational speaking. But, long before shestunned the world with her story of bravery and resilience, she was gaining notoriety as aprincipal dancer and choreographer.

Born a dancer, DREA Kelly first rose to fame as a Brown ballerina from the Southside of Chicago, studying under the guidance of Joe Hall. She quickly grew her performance repertoire to be recognized as an award-winning celebrity choreographer, principal dancer and actress. Her long list of choreographing for celebrities can be seen in music videos, award shows and national and international tours.

During her low-profile marriage to R. Kelly, a shadow was cast over her acting and dancing career.Though she welcomed family life, it was tainted with emotional, sexual, physical and financial abuse. In a defining moment of courage, she left her abuser and remained silent about the abuse for several years. Since finding her voice, she spent years fighting and advocating for domestic violence awareness.

Being a survivor of domestic violence, DREA Kelly turned her life story into a source of motivation and has been invited to speak on national and international platforms. From Anguilla to California, Ms. Kelly has key noted for colleges, universities, women’s conferences and rescue centers. She wears many hats. Not only has she returned to reality TV in support of her oldest daughter, Buku Abi on We TV’s Growing Up Hip Hop- Atlanta, she is also making appearances in movies, leading master dance classes, hosting empowerment retreats, and pouring into her foundation, The 12th Round Foundation. Taking the “Rome was not built in a day” approach, she has been writing a self-help memoir, Under The Red Carpet, where she is expressing her passion for women’s empowerment, self-responsibility and the evolution to becoming one’s greatest-self. DREA Kelly has quickly become a household favorite with her winning smile, dynamic personality and profound quotables of survivorship and empowerment.

The 37th Annual Top Ten Professional Women and Leading Business Awards

The 37th Annual Top Ten Professional Women and Leading Business Awards, a prestigious awards ceremony with the goal of honoring outstanding individuals in our community while also raising awareness for domestic violence. This event pays tribute to ten women who have served as role models and given back to their communities, all while making strides in their professions. One business is also honored as the Leading Business of the Year for its support of women and women’s issues. The live luncheon hosts over 1,500 but we’re excited to expand attendance opportunities to an even wider audience with this year’s virtual format. This year's Keynote Speaker is Andrea 'DREA' Kelly. DREA is a dancer/choreographer, entrepreneur, actress, motivational speaker, and reality TV star. Register today and join us on Tuesday, October 20th at 12pm, with a pre-show beginning at 11:45.

Reserve Tickets

Registration is required to receive the links to participate in this year’s virtual Top Ten event. There is no charge to register, however, a donation to support comprehensive domestic violence services for adults and children in Fresno County, including 24/7 crisis response and emergency housing, is encouraged.

Tune in virtually to our Top Ten event on October 20th from 12-1pm. More details to come!
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