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Ciara Lilly is the president and founder of Higher Ground Consulting Group, a results-driven business consulting firm committed to helping businesses achieve sustainable growth through the application of tailored coaching, consulting and training services.

With a passion for helping businesses, specifically certified diverse and small businesses, access opportunities to maximize their growth potential, and a successful track record of growing a certified diverse business by over $13 million dollars over a six-year time span, Lilly launched Higher Ground Consulting Group as a vehicle to expand her reach and impact in the business community.

With her background and passion, Lilly provides her clients with a well-rounded perspective that lends itself well to solving a broad range of operational and business growth challenges.

Lilly holds her Executive MBA from the Jack Welch Management Institute and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

In 2015, she was selected and sponsored by Dominion Energy to attend the Minority Business Enterprise Executive Management Program at the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business.

Aside from her business endeavors, Lilly is a fervent proponent of community outreach and education. In 2016, she established a scholarship in honor of her late grandmother at her alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. This scholarship is designed to help students that need additional support to fund their college education.

In 2018, she joined the board of the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce, where she’s able to invest her knowledge, passion and experience to advance the organization’s mission and serve as an advocate for the growth of LGBT-owned businesses.