DBT40 Honoree: Kelly Basile
Position: Vice President of Strategic Communications
Employer: Delaware State Chamber of Commerce
As the vice president of strategic communications for the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, Kelly Basile manages marketing and public relations for the 184-year-old organization and coordinates with the chamber’s more than 1,000 business and nonprofit members. Basile also oversees the chamber’s intern program and serves as the editor of the organization’s bi-monthly Delaware Business magazine.
After interning at the chamber in 2012 during her last semester of college, Basile went on to serve as an events manager for the organization for nearly seven years. In 2016, she participated in Leadership Delaware, where she developed the skills, experiences and network that led her to take on her current vice president role, which she has held for the past year.
When the COVID-19 pandemic stopped in-person events, Basile spearheaded a series of webinars on topics ranging from safe reopening strategies to childcare solutions to discussing race in the workplace. Under Basile’s guidance, the chamber recently held a full-day, virtual conference with information for the business community about returning to work safely and the state’s path to economic recovery.
Basile competes on an adult synchronized ice skating team that placed fifth in the nation in February 2020. She also teaches adults and children, including children with physical and intellectual disabilities, how to ice skate.
Basile has volunteered for many Delaware nonprofits, such as the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, Habitat for Humanity and more. She also helps connect young professionals with volunteer opportunities through the Delaware Young Professionals Network, a subgroup of the Delaware State Chamber.