Kelly Ramsawak Stewart is a talent relations expert with eight years of experience creating celebrity and influencer partnerships for globally recognized brands. She developed expertise at the intersection of pop culture and fashion at leading entertainment companies: Rain Management, Next Models, United Entertainment Group, and R/GA. To date, Kelly has produced hundreds of talent-driven partnerships and social strategies for a wide variety of brands: Audi, Nike, Oprah's Book Club, and American Express, to name a few.
NEXT Models tapped Kelly as a senior talent agent in 2016 to grow the New York division, focusing on influencers and creators. At NEXT, Kelly signed and represented a diverse roster of high-profile and emerging talents, including musicians, actors, photographers, fashion/beauty insiders, DJs, and more. Although her focus was primarily on fashion-brand endorsement deals, Kelly also supported talent during NYFW and booked talent with publications such as InStyle, ELLE, and Refinery29.
Craving a shift from talent management to storytelling, Kelly entered the world of marketing and advertising in 2018. As a director and strategist at ad shops, UEG and R/GA, Kelly continued to spearhead partnerships with talent and influencers outside of fashion and beauty. Unilever, General Mills, Samsung, and Verizon were among her client list. She also managed direct-to-talent budgets ranging from $200K to $1M+, allocating fees for talent participation, agent fees, glam, and travel.
Kelly operates like a casting expert: researching, identifying, pitching, and securing unique and intentional talent for campaigns, commercials, events, and more. She recognizes talent, not for their social media footprint but their distinctive business smarts and philanthropy.
Now at Partners In Health, a global health and social justice organization, Kelly is cultivating relationships with diverse, influential voices to help share PIH's mission. Kelly is responsible for establishing the organization's first entertainment and ambassador program, working with A-list celebrities, influencers, and brands who care about creating a more equitable world.
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