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Founder and CEO, Mom Corps

Allison Karl O'Kelly graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting from the Terry College in 1994 and later earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is the founder and CEO of Moms Corps, an Atlanta-based business that works with seasoned accountants, marketing executives, human resource consultants and other executives whose familial responsibilities conflict with full-time work and matches them with companies for contract and project assignments.

While at UGA, O'Kelly was elected to Beta Alpha Psi, Rho Lambda, Order of Omega and Golden Key honor societies and received the Panhellenic Foundation, Dean Tate and Delta Phi Epsilon scholarships. She was also elected president of the UGA chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority and was its philanthropy chair.

O'Kelly began her post-undergraduate career at KPMG Peat Marwick, rising to the position of supervising senior accountant before enrolling at Harvard in 1999. She then joined a management training program with Toys "R" Us, where she developed the original Babies "R" Us website and managed the Alpharetta, Ga., Toys "R" Us store.

After the birth of her first child in 2003, O'Kelly found it difficult to balance the home life she desired with her professional responsibilities. She founded O'Kelly & Co., a CPA and consulting firm that worked specifically with small companies and at the same time began to develop the business plan for Mom Corps.

Formed in 2005, Mom Corps supplies top-tier professionals to a growing list of client corporations. By partnering with Mom Corps, these corporations gain added flexibility to operate more productively and cost-effectively, while working mothers are able to achieve a much-desired work/life balance. Mom Corps has quickly expanded to include offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Charlotte, N.C.

O'Kelly and her husband Shane have two sons, Nolan, age 4, and Ethan, 2. She's a member of the Georgia Society of CPAs and is active in the Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta. O'Kelly has also served as a featured speaker at the Terry Third Thursday series in Atlanta.