HBCU Member Spotlight – Kelli Williams

How long have you worked for Maximus, and what is your position?

I’ve worked at Maximus for six and a half years and I am a human resources manager on the Federal team.

Describe why you chose to attend a Historically Black College or University. Was it your first choice?

There wasn’t any other option in my household and I’m appreciative of the experiences. I have a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in business administration from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

What traditions stand out or impacted your overall college experience?

The world-renowned marching band, commitment to academic excellence, and student network.

Describe how attending an HBCU has impacted your professional career.

It assisted in creating my resilience, navigating diversity, relationship-building, and discipline.

What about attending an HBCU might be surprising for those who haven’t had the same experience?

Some misconceptions are that HBCUs provide a sub-par education, internships, and post-graduation professional opportunities are limited for students and there is a low graduation rate in a timely manner.

Currently, what activities, initiatives, or groups do you participate in, to give back or stay connected to your alma mater?

I support the local alumni association and events, I am a member of the NCNW, NAACP, Alpha Kappa Alpha, sit on several local boards in addition to mentoring and preparing youth to attend college and donate professional services to various groups that support my university.