Mary Kelly (bio)

Engaging and Funny Author, Economist and Leadership Expert

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Mailing Address: 4823 Ridgeside Drive, Dallas, Texas, United States of America 75244
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"Mary made me look forward to being a leader and I feel more confidant that I can succeed in business."
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Productive Leaders

Fields of Interest:

Business, Business Development & Growth

Most Requested Topics/Programs:

  • Master Your World: Leadership Lessons from the Dog
  • Stop the Barking: Effective Communication at Work and at Home
  • In Case of Emergency Break Glass!: How to be ready when the glass shatters
  • 15 Ways to Grow Your Business in Every Economy

Recent Engagements:

  • USAA
  • Qdoba
  • the FBI
  • the Air Force Academy
  • the Naval Academy
Speaker 's Fees:$5001 to $10000
Length of presentation:60 minutes
Travels From:Dallas, TX or Denver, CO
Travel Limits:International incurs additional flight fee
Target Audience:Any
Target Audience - Other:Mid-level managers, Business owners,
AV Requirements:Projector
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Mary Kelly, PhD, Commander, U.S. Navy (ret) is CEO of Productive Leaders, a consulting firm specializing in professional speaking and business training for education, government and private business organizations.

Author of Master Your World, 360 Degrees of Leadership, In Case of Emergency, Break Glass! and 15 Ways to Grow Your Business in Every Economy.

Mary taught at Hawaii Pacific University for 15 years, taught at the US Naval Academy for four year, and at the Air Force Academy. She retired from active duty with specialties in logistics and human resources.

Mary has trained organizations, educational groups, military organizations, and Fortune 500 companies for more than 15 years. Specific examples include the FBI, Aramark, XPEDX, Marriott, CHART, Qdoba, USAA, the American Business Women’s Association, LIMRA, LOMA and numerous colleges and universities.

With over twenty years of leadership experience and a diverse background in the U.S. and abroad, Dr. Kelly provides a wealth of offerings in her portfolio. She has extensive experience in Leadership, Economics, Business Growth and Efficiency. Mary has a track record for success as an organizational change agent.

In the Navy, Commander Kelly was in intelligence and logistics. One of her favorite jobs was as a chief of police. As a human resources director, Dr. Kelly, developed a business model for the computer and telecommunications organization for personnel hiring, training and retention that was adopted globally by the U. S. Navy. Managing culturally diverse teams, she orchestrated organizational changes for over 3,000 personnel for 2 military base closures. Her ability to problem solve and provide innovative solutions enabled her to transform the Navy’s largest pay and personnel organization from the lowest in customer satisfaction to the highest in the nation in 18 months, with 23% fewer employees.

As an educator, Dr. Kelly created a mandatory curriculum for a college student body of 4,500 students. She has been responsible for teaching 31 university courses in the areas of business management, economics, history, geography, political science, human resources and international relations. Kelly has taught remote course work for multiple colleges over the last 15 years, while creating 4 distance learning courses using online lectures, interactive exercises and she was one of the first to use podcasting.

As a speaker and presenter, Mary Kelly pulls from her diverse experience to provide keynote presentations that are engaging and compelling, leaving audiences wanting more. With a warm, entertaining, and sincere style, Dr. Kelly uses her vast knowledge to provide informative presentations that hold the interest of her audience.

After over 20 of years of leading diverse teams all over the world, Kelly’s approach to leadership is immediately practical and applicable. She had real world experience and she shares it with her groups.

Her Master Your World: Leadership Lessons from the Dog keynote is an enjoyable, interactive approach to getting the behaviors you want from the people who surround you. The communication session, Stop the Barking, focuses on solving and resolving common misunderstandings in the workplace. Kelly helps her audiences stay mindful of what is important. While other programs on communication and leadership exhort leadership quotes and may be easily forgotten, Kelly’s program can be applied as the audience leaves the room with immediate results.

She was a popular speaker for both the U. S. Naval Academy and Hawaii Pacific University’s Speakers’ Bureaus on topics of finance, leadership, communication, and management. As a communicator, she has chaired academic and military panels for economics, political science and historical conferences. She has conducted over 1,400 seminars on financial, business, human resources, management and leadership topics to all levels of private and government corporations.

Kelly is a graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy, earned an M.A. in economics from the University of Oklahoma, an M.A. in history from the University of Hawaii, and a PhD in economics from Greenwich University.

Mary is a member of the National Speakers’ Association, the American Speakers’ Association, the Colorado Speakers’ Association, the North Texas Speakers’ Association, the World Speakers' Association, MENSA and the Colorado Springs Junior League. She is an active volunteer and her two dogs are Therapy Dog Teams, visiting nursing homes, shelters, and hospitals.

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