Kelly Baughman

Kelly Baughman

Title: Executive Director


After 25 years as an owner and director in an Architecture and Design Firm, Kelly decided to walk away from her highly successful position and step into her calling.  She lauched both her consulting firm, Beyond Next Leadership and her non-profit Project Beacon Texas in 2020.  Kelly believes that the world has a deficit of great leadership and that everyone deserves to be led well.  With an uwavering belief that it is imperative that we raise the level of leadership in our communities and serve others she has set out to build safe homes and vibrant futures for adults with Autism, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and other Neurodiversities.  

She is a certified speaker, coach, trainer, and facilitator from the internationally renowned Maxwell Leadership Team.  She has worked with many C-suite and executive-level leaders guiding them through often complex changes. Through the building and leading of a successful Business Transition Consulting team, she worked within organizations to guide individuals and groups through change. Early in her career, she managed the merger between Exxon and Mobil, a global real estate effort that affected tens of thousands of people. Since then, Kelly has guided several organizations through notable mergers, acquisitions, relocations, and reorganizations around the globe.  Her client list includes ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Rice University, UTMB, the City of Houston, Wells Fargo, United Rentals, Dominion Energy and many others.  

“Goethe said, ‘Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.”

“I dream big, and I encourage business leaders to do the same. Then we work with them to make those big dreams a success.”