Born in North Carolina and raised in Georgia, Kelly Smith Beaty studied political science at Spelman College. She ter received her Masters in Public Communication from American University. She then took up a job at the Atlanta office of a global public relations firm before heading to the press office for the Governor of Georgia. Later on, she was named one of the city's “Power 30 Under 30.” She is also an avid supporter of the rehab center “Living Water For Girls,” which rescues and helps out abandoned females. Other ventures of hers include the public service organization Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the "Next Wave Society."
Having been laid off from her job, Kelly Smith Beaty then joined the NBC reality competition The Apprentice. She was fired in the sixth episode of the series for failing her test and her poor leadership qualities.