Kelly Lyndgaard has been a leader and trailblazer for women throughout her lifetime.
In addition to her impact in the non-profit world, she spent 16 years in the IT industry building, running, and transforming technology organizations. In 2015, she stepped away from her executive career to focus solely on the social enterprise she founded named Unshattered.
Kelly is an engineer and physicist by training, but a problem solver and strategist at heart. Inspired by the strength and commitment of women doing the hard work of recovery, she wanted to help them build them a path forward to sustained sobriety and economic independence. Her heart was broken seeing relapses occur for those who had worked so hard to attain sobriety but had no safe place to return to after recovery.
Kelly is ignited by challenge - in any arena of life - and loves nothing more than seeing potential where others do not and bringing it to life. She's on a mission to end relapse by providing job skills and employment for those who traditionally have difficulty finding employment.
Unshattered employs women in recovery to craft handbags and accessories out of repurposed materials such as retired military uniforms, sets from Broadway shows, manufacturing scrap and more. They have been awarded by the President of the United States for their creative and effective work in fighting the opioid crisis and were the 2018 Hudson Valley nonprofit of the year.
Unshattered boasts a 0% relapse rate for the women employed with the company.
Kelly and her husband live in Dutchess County, NY. She is a graduate of Taylor University and a Praxis Fellow. Outside of being an entrepreneur she loves reading, conquering challenges, and finding unexpected delight! On her days off you'll find her curled up with a mug a tea, a stack of books, and her rescue dog, Bell.
Kelly is the Founder and CEO of Unshattered - a 501c3 social enterprise whose mission is to end the addiction relapse cycle through sustainable fashion. Unshattered provides job skills training and employment for women in recovery to help them build a path toward economic independence and sustained sobriety.
Previously a Fortune 20 executive, Kelly left the corporate world to begin Unshattered. The organization has been featured via Huffington Post, NBC Nightly News, CBS News, Fox Business, and Country Living Magazine.
The success of Unshattered has been lauded as far as the White House who recognized Unshattered for their creative and effective work in fighting the opioid crisis. Unshattered was named the Nonprofit of the Year by THiNK Dutchess, won the MHAFP award for Innovation in Philanthropy, and named Best Social Enterprise by Hudson Valley Magazine which also named Kelly as one of the top women in business in 2019.
Kelly is a strategic leader and entrepreneur with a unique balance of analytical, "what if" thinking, and decisive execution. Her track record includes 16 years in the technology industry and 6 years as the CEO of Unshattered.
Kelly is a creative thinker and social entrepreneur who is ignited by challenge. She is an Ambassador of Possibility who sees potential where others overlook it and is most gratified when she can create something from nothing - particularly building social justice systems that empower the disenfranchised.
She has a degree in Engineering Physics from Taylor University.
@kclynd @unshatteredny www.unshattered.org