Kelly Wallace serves as Managing Director of McLarty Diversified Holdings (MDH), where she works with the leadership team on a range of strategic issues. In addition, she serves as Managing Director of the strategy and communications advisory firm TrailRunner International, leading the New York team and working with clients on areas of corporate reputation, media affairs, crisis management, and influencer engagement.
Kelly is an award-winning journalist and communications leader, bringing more than 20 years of media and communications experience to MDH and TrailRunner International. Her distinguished career in communications includes print and broadcast television and, for the past decade, leadership in the digital space driving innovation at CNN and iVillage, one of the first digital content and community platforms for women.
Kelly’s deep media experience includes serving as a network television news correspondent, covering The White House, the Middle East, and political campaigns for CNN; national news for CBS; and the State Department for Fox News Channel. At CNN, she was part of the network’s Peabody and DuPont Award-winning team coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the South Asian tsunami disaster, respectively.
Kelly became increasingly interested in the future of digital media, and in 2008, moved to iVillage to serve as executive director of digital video and the channel’s first-ever chief correspondent. In this role, she led the video team, served as iVillage’s spokeswoman and conducted high-profile content interviews, including with then-First Lady Michelle Obama. In 2012, she received a Gracie Award as Outstanding Digital Correspondent.
Just prior to joining TrailRunner, Kelly was a digital correspondent and editor-at-large for CNN (her third stint at the network), driving innovation around parenting and women’s content. She is a frequent moderator and speaker at events and high-profile panels for women.
Kelly graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (BS, Economics). She is a member of Women in America, a professional development and mentoring program for executive women.