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Mary Kelly

Mary Kelly improves strategy for profitable growth. 25 years in the Navy. 13 best-selling leadership books. Motivational, content-rich business growth speaker for virtual/live events. Board member. Corporate advisor. Proud Navy veteran. Provides economic forecasting and business projections. She improves growth via keynotes and training. She loves helping organizations reach their full potential. As an economist, Mary finds efficiencies, solves problems, and promotes change. Mary transforms corporate cultures and increases productivity. She taught at the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and Hawaii Pacific University and served 21 years in the Navy (retired as a Commander) specializing in Human Resources, Logistics, Intelligence, and Security. She has a Ph.D. in Economics, a master’s in History from the University of Hawaii, and another in Economics from the University of Oklahoma. Specialties: Leadership and economic development, marketing strategies and communications, motivational keynote speaking, management, and executive coaching.

A short video overview of Mary Kelly's keynote presentations and interactive workshops.

Keynotes Golden Microphone icon

The 6 Stages of a Crisis

Understand the six stages of any crisis, challenge, or change. Implement the five ways to P.I.V.O.T. through the crisis. Use the seven leadership reminders to lead out of a crisis. In order to successfully lead people through and out of a crisis, first, we have to understand the 6 stages of the crisis. Based on her Navy experiences during the first and second Gulf Wars and 9-11, Commander Mary Kelly articulates the reactions of people in various stages of crisis, challenge, or change. As effective leaders, we have to be able to help our people P.I.V.O.T. through the crisis, by renewing their sense of purpose, influencing and inspiring others to take the right action, assessing the volatility levels, seeing the opportunities, and providing the right tools, techniques, and technology that allow people to succeed. Then we can apply Mary’s seven leadership reminders, using the acronym C.L.A.M.P.E.R. so that we are providing the right response to the right people at the right time to achieve the right outcomes.

Who Comes Next? Leadership Succession Planning Made Easy

Join economist and leadership expert, Dr. Mary Kelly, as she explains how the right succession plan will attract top talent, develop leadership skills, and guarantee success for the next decade and beyond. Get out of panic mode and into a culture of continuous leadership development. Understand what a comprehensive succession plan is, and why it’s a must-have for your business Gain the knowledge needed to compete in today’s marketplace Challenge your beliefs of what true leadership means Learn to share your experience to create a legacy Prepare a customized succession plan ready for immediate implementation

Why Leaders Fail and the 7 Prescriptions for Success

Forget the last leadership program you sat through. In Dr. Mary Kelly’s most popular keynote, the audience will dive directly into the everyday mistakes that are costing supervisors, managers and CEO’s time, money and even their reputations. These are the new rules, the seven positive steps to success that are crucial for every leader to embrace: Understand why your top talent is not performing to their potential Learn specific actions that lead to short and long-term success Control how you are perceived by your team, peers and superiors Identify behaviors that are sabotaging the loyalty and productivity of the people working around you

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