Kelly Schmidt is Vice President of Product at Getty Images, one of the largest creators and distributors of award-winning content, stills imagery, video and multimedia products, as well as other forms of premium digital content. Kelly manages a global team responsible for building products and services that deliver imagery and video content directly to the customer's workflow tools through technology solutions. Customers include the world's most influential global newspapers, magazines, agencies, brands and technology companies that need imagery to help power their business.
Prior to Getty Images, Kelly worked as writer and editor for Downtown Minneapolis Newspaper (Skyway News) as well as technology media companies including Microsoft MSN Channel and CDK (formerly Cobalt Group). Opportunities during the tech boom of the early 2000s enabled Kelly to find ways to expand into a more technical career path for companies such as FizzyLab (a contextual merchandising platform) and Conversational Computing (an early version of text-to-speech technology).
As a longtime equestrian and journalism student, Kelly landed her first career opportunity in the media space by combining her passion for horses with her journalism education. Digging through the filing cabinets at Hamilton Hall, a fellow BOMB yearbook staff member found an Internship application to The Chronicle of the Horse in Middleburg, Virginia. The internship led to a full-time reporting and photographer job for the specialty magazine upon graduating from ISU with a Mass Communications degree from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication in '92.
Kelly is a lifelong learner and has extended her education through other higher education programs at the University of Minnesota and University of Washington. In her spare time, she mentors women in product and technology careers, volunteers for local therapeutic riding programs and is an avid traveler and hiker. Kelly grew up on a horse farm outside of Ames, Iowa, and currently resides in Manhattan with her husband.