About Jean

Jean Kelley opened her consulting practice in 1981. Since then, she has evaluated and advised hundreds of executives and managers.

Kelley owned and managed Jean Kelley Personnel for 25 years. In 2001, she sold it to Chris Jacobi. It is now operating under the name of Jacobi Kelley Search. The Jacobi Kelley Group specializes in accounting, finance and support placement.

Jean Kelley Leadership Alliance specializes in executive coaching, assessment and leadership development.

Partial List of Present and Past Affiliations

  • Purse Power, Investor
  • Harvard Business School Alumni
  • Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, 9 years
  • Women Owned Business Task Force, Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce
  • Leadership Tulsa Alumni, 20 years
  • Red Cross Advisory Council
  • American Indian Arts Association, Historian
  • Professional Secretaries International, Advisory Board, 6 years
  • Tulsa Junior College, Advisory Boards, 12 years
  • Tulsa Chapter of National Speakers Association, President
  • Institute of Management Accountants, Vice President
  • Youth Services, Board of Directors
  • Resonance, Board of Directors
  • Parents Anonymous, Board of Directors
  • Tulsa Area Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Board of Directors

Honors and Awards

  • 2017 Nominee, Woman of the Year, Tulsa Business Chronicle
  • 2017 Paragon Award Winner, Leadership Tulsa, for service to Goodwill
  • Inc. Magazine Positive Performance Award
  • Service to Mankind Award, Tulsa Action Group
  • Community Service Award, Oklahoma Association of Private Employment Agencies
  • Woman’s Advocate Award, Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce
  • Women’s Entrepreneur Award, Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce
  • World’s Who’s Who of Women
  • Who’s Who in Professional Speaking


  • Dress Like a Million from Goodwill, JKLA Publishing, 2017
  • The Get a Job, Keep a Job Handbook, Atwood Publishing, 2001
  • Dear Jean: What They Don’t Teach You at the Water Cooler, Atwood Publishing, 2000
  • Advice Column, Tulsa Business Journal, 8 years
  • “Choosing a Temporary Service,” Prentice Hall
  • “Motivation,” Prentice Hall
  • “Understanding Human Behavior,” cassette program


  • Harvard Graduate Business School
  • Sewanee School of the South Seminary

Media Experience

  • CBS Affiliate, KOTV, weekly segment
  • KBEZ FM, weekly drive time segment

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    1. I read your website review of accomplishments. Amazing. I liked us both better when we were broke. It is more fun being young with your future ahead of you. I am proud to have been your close friend for all these years. Jim Louth.

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