Kelsea Ballantyne

Leadership Development Program


Class of 2016

Kelsea comes to the Erb Institute and Tauber Institute for Global Operations after spending over five years in the “global classroom,” primarily in India and North Africa. Kelsea is a change maker who creates elegant solutions in challenging global environments, ranging from social enterprises in the slums of India to managing the representation of African governments at global climate negotiations. Whether alongside an African minister of water or a 15-year-old former sex worker, she is always up for a challenge she can tackle with passion, composure and a smile. At the Erb and Tauber Institutes and as a fellow at the Center for Positive Organizations, she is cultivating that passion and conducting research around creating shared value and having positive impact in supply chains. Kelsea earned a BS in Business with an emphasis in marketing, as well as minor in Economics and Sociology, from Chapman University. Through a Fulbright Fellowship, she traveled to Kolkata, India, to research whether global manufacturing is an effective tool to provide an alternative income for sex workers, thereby enabling them to leave the sex trade entirely. When not at school or work, Kelsea spends her time hiking, biking, running and cooking for her friends and family—or doing yoga headstands for fun.