About the Foundation

Here to Serve the Underserved

The Columbus Chamber of Commerce Foundation has a mission to improve the economic well-being of underserved individuals through enhanced access to workforce and diverse supplier development programs that lead to employment and contracting opportunities​.

  • Establish an inclusive culture where employees have a sense of belonging and bring “their best selves” to work each day.
  • Create and maintain a diverse workforce by attracting and recruiting from a more expansive pool of talent.
  • Contribute to the economic growth of the Columbus Region through the use of diverse suppliers.

Kelly Fuller

Vice President of Talent & Workforce Development

Kelly Fuller loves to help people discover and develop their gifts, and as the Columbus Chamber Foundation’s Vice President of Talent and Workforce Development, she gets to do just that. Her entire career has existed in the workforce development space, beginning at Discover Card in 1986. Now with the Columbus Chamber Foundation, Kelly works to serve the workforce and economic development needs of its membership and the greater Columbus community.

Kelly is a graduate of Miami University and Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Outside of the office, she is an avid runner, a published poet, and mother to her two children. No matter where you might run into Kelly, one thing is certain; she is dedicated to supporting your business to find candidates who will make a difference for your bottom line.

Sherrice Thomas

Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access

Sherrice Sledge-Thomas is the VP of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) at the Columbus Chamber Foundation where she’s focused on taking DEIA practices to the next level.

As a first-generation college graduate, Sherrice holds a Master of Business Administration with a focus in Organizational Leadership and Management from Franklin University and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus in Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University. She’s also published two books, The Balance Finder and Hot Like Fire.

Her eldest son has a family of his own, making Sherrice the proud grandmother of five. Ironically, two of her grandchildren are twins. In her free time, Sherrice cooks with her family, creates herbal medicine, participates in Peloton fitness classes, and practices yoga.

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