A Conversation with Kelley Earnhardt Miller '95

Belk Talks Business
June 15, 2021 - 12:00 PM to June 16, 2021 - 12:59 PM
Join Business Niner alumni and friends for a conversation with alumna Kelley Earnhardt Miller '95, Vice President and co-owner of JR Motorsports.  

Considered one of the most prominent 
businesswomen in motorsports, her book, "Drive: 9 Lessons to Win in Business and in Life," highlights growing up in the world of NASCAR. She will share lessons she has learned about being a successful business leader and what she has discovered about winning in life. Join us for an intimate conversation as she reflects on her professional and personal path, including how to become a stronger person and more effective leader by facing the truth about your own life in a healthy way and then driving to the win! 

Ghada Ternanni '16, Belk College Alumni Council member and Women in Business Initiative Associate board member, will moderate the conversation.


A Conversation with Kelley Earnhardt Miller '95
Tuesday, June 15, at noon
Presented via Zoom

Webinar ID: 976 5513 6810

Belk Talks Business is a virtual event series that features interviews and interactive engagement with Belk College alumni and business partners. The 60 minute series is designed specifically for Business Niners with guests sharing insight on leadership, tips for success and other timely and relevant topics. Join us for inside knowledge, business connections, networking and Belk College door prizes!

About Kelley Earnhardt Miller '95

Considered one of the most prominent businesswomen in NASCAR today, Kelley Earnhardt Miller is the backbone to JR Motorsports, as she oversees the company’s race team, management team, and business ventures for her brother, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Coming to JR Motorsports in 2001 as general manager, the company has flourished under her leadership. With teams in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, the CARS Late Model Stock Car Tour and NASCAR Whelen All American Series, JR Motorsports now boasts seven championships, including three NXS titles in the past five seasons and four in the Late Model ranks. Chase Elliott won the inaugural NXS championship for the team in 2014, earning Rookie of the Year honors as well. William Byron won the championship and rookie honors in 2017, and Tyler Reddick made it three titles overall and two in a row in 2018 while earning the rookie title as well. Josh Berry earned a pair of track championships in the Late Model and added CARS Tour owner and driver crowns to the list. All seven were earned since Earnhardt Miller became part of the ownership group with her brother and Rick Hendrick. 

The daughter of seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt, Earnhardt Miller graduated from UNC Charlotte's Belk College of Business in 1995 with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in production and operations management. Out of college, she immediately landed at Action Performance, the souvenir sales company that became the benchmark in NASCAR merchandising. Her many roles during a six-year span there included vice president of sales and vice president of procurement.

Earnhardt Miller’s move to JR Motorsports in 2001 was significant in the career of her racing brother, who had burst onto the NASCAR scene with Xfinity Series championships in 1998 and 1999. He then became one of the sport’s most publicized figures when he surged into full-time NASCAR Cup Series competition in 2000. His immediate success on the track further catapulted his popularity, and that success called for savvy leadership that could maximize his immense appeal. Earnhardt Miller instantly began expanding her brother’s business portfolio, landing corporate deals that would intensify his reach as both a racer and businessman.

In 2007, Earnhardt Miller was the recipient of the Top 25 Women in Business Achievement Award by Charlotte Business Journal. In an Associated Press article in April 2007, Earnhardt Miller was referred to as “one of the most powerful people in the sport of NASCAR.” In December 2009, Earnhardt Miller was listed as the third-most powerful woman in NASCAR by ESPN.com columnist Ryan McGee. 

In February 2010, Earnhardt Miller was named Opportunity Award winner by Lyn St. James’ Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation for her part in bringing Danica Patrick to NASCAR. With numerous teams vying for Patrick’s attention, it was Earnhardt Miller who lured Patrick to JR Motorsports, giving the company one of the most recognized driver tandems in NASCAR with Earnhardt Jr. and Patrick.

Her most recent accolade came in 2015, as she was named one of Sports Business Journal’s Game Changers/Women in Sports Business for her impact on the motorsports industry.

Aside from duties as general manager at JR Motorsports and agent for her brother, Earnhardt Miller is on the Board of Directors for The Dale Jr. Foundation.  Since its inception, the Foundation has raised more than $8.1 million and distributed that money to more than 75 different charities to help give underprivileged individuals, with a focus on youth, the resources to improve their confidence and education.

Earnhardt Miller also serves as Chairwoman of the Board and Director of Blueharbor Bank. She also sits on the Board of Directors for BRANDT and Children’s Hope Alliance. 

In 2019, Earnhardt Miller hosted "Beyond Racing" on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, partnered by co-host Danielle Trotta. 

In April 2020, Earnhardt Miller became an author with the publication of "Drive: 9 Lessons To Win In Business and In Life," co-written with Beth Clark. 

Earnhardt Miller is married to L.W. Miller and is the mother to three children: Karsyn, Kennedy and Wyatt.

About the Moderator 

Ghada Ternanni '16 is the Senior Financial Analyst responsible for financial coverage reporting for the Global Corporate Banking line of business along with providing support for other lines of business within Global Banking, including Global Commercial Banking and Business Banking.

Ghada’s responsibilities include being the key financial reporting partner for Global Corporate Bank Executives, Chief Operating Officer, Bankers, and the Business Finance Officer by constructing, providing, and analyzing monthly financial performance metrics for all clients with revenues of $2 billion or more, which include the largest global corporations, financial institutions, and governments.

Ghada joined Bank of America in 2015 while still an undergraduate student through the Applied Technology Program and then continued to the Finance Management Analyst Program in 2016, completing both programs by 2018. Ghada has served as a leader in many key spaces at Bank of America including Chairing the Bank of America UNC Charlotte Alumni Network, assisting in the Finance Management Analyst Program UNC Charlotte Campus Programs Recruiting Team and being the Employee Engagement Inclusion Council representative for Global Commercial Banking Finance.

Ghada holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in finance from the Belk College of Business, where she also served as the University’s Commencement speaker in May 2016. Additional community involvement includes being a member of the Belk College of Business Alumni Council, associate board member of the Belk College Women in Business Initiative, Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Emerging Business Leaders graduate, a board member for the Metrolina Phoenician Club, and a weekly volunteer math tutor for Heart Math Tutoring. She currently resides in Charlotte.