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Ciara Lilly is president and founder of Higher Ground Consulting Group, a business consulting firm focused on helping small and diverse businesses build capacity, achieve sustainable growth and safeguard their contributions to the global economy.

Equipped with a passion for helping businesses maximize their growth potential and a successful track record of growing an existing diverse business by over $15 million dollars; 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 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.

Over the years, Lilly has been the recipient of several notable awards recognizing her entrepreneurial drive, exemplary leadership and unwavering commitment to her community. Some of these awards include: Business Equality Pride Magazine’s 40 Leaders Under 40, The Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce’s 30 Under 30 and the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s Recognition of Excellence Award and Emerging Entrepreneur Award.