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Commander Mary Kelly, US Navy

Mary Kelly

Leadership expert specializing in the fields of leadership, productivity, communication, and business profit growth

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Fee Range: 10000-19999
  • Just named number 12 in the world of top economists
  • Internationally renowned author and speaker in the fields of leadership, productivity, communication and business to improve profit growth.
  • Author of many books, including award winning and best selling Master Your World, 15 Ways to Grow Your Business in any Economy, and Money Smart; 360 Degrees of Leadership, Stop the Barking, and In Case of Emergency Break Glass.
  • Published in 100’s of magazines, newspapers and journals worldwide.
  • In her 21 years as a Naval Military Officer (retiring as a Commander), she trained over 40,000 military civilians and personnel.

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From her days as a naval intelligence officer to her role as one of today’s most influential economists, Commander/Dr. Mary C. Kelly has carved out an unforgettable career in leadership. Former chief of police, professor, realtor and HR Director – Mary has spent over 25 years teaching and training more than 40,000 military and civilian personnel. Mary is now on a mission to spread her message of success with audiences worldwide, sharing with them the secrets to being a true leader in today’s workplace.

A high-energy keynote speaker, Mary is focused on using research, laughter, and experience to show professionals how to excel. Mary’s relatable, no-nonsense approach inspires audiences to embrace their roles, surpass their goals, and plan for the future.

Mary is the author of 13 books on business growth, leadership, and today’s economy. She is a speaker, coach and trainer who has worked with hundreds of organizations and companies across the globe.

​Why Leaders Fail and the 7 Prescriptions for Success

Many good people, when they rise to leadership positions, fail. Good leadership seems easy in
theory but actually living, executing, and fostering strong, effective leadership in corporations
and organizations is tough.

How can we ensure success? What do successful leaders do differently? What are the surprisingly common mistakes that many leaders unknowingly make that derail their success? Using current data and case studies collected through years of corporate and military leadership, you’ll learn why so many leaders fail, and how to avoid the hidden pitfalls, Leadership is most critical during times of crisis. Leadership happens when things are tough and there are problems to solve. Why Leaders Fail shows audiences how to be even better leaders.

  • Gain insights into behaviors that may be sabotaging the loyalty of direct reports
  • Understand why their top talent may not be performing up to their potential
  • Align team goals with organizational mission using Mary’s tools to maximize profitability
  • Develop awareness of how leaders are perceived by their direct reports, peers, and supervisors
  • Includes a personalized leadership assessment to help identify leadership strengths and weaknesses
Who Comes Next? Leadership Succession Planning Made Easy

Competitive, challenging and constantly shifting – that is today’s marketplace.

To successfully compete, organizations need to build depth of experience, perspective, and increase the knowledge base of the leadership bench.

Leaders and organizations need to start planning now to:

1) Invest in attracting top talent

2) Develop leadership skills

3) Design a Succession Plan that gets results.

With more the 75 million baby-boomers reaching retirement age, you need to be managerially prepared. You need answers to important organizational and leadership questions:

  • What will the new roles and responsibilities look like in the future?
  • What do we need to build an organizational plan for new challenges?
  • Who is going to move into more senior positions? Who comes next?

Key Takeaways:

  • Proven methodology for building your leadership bench
  • Powerful techniques to build long, loyal and highly engaged leaders
  • Secrets to aligning your succession plan to your strategic objectives
  • Innovative strategies to get you out of the “urgent” phase, and into a culture of continuous leadership development
  • A customized succession plan ready for immediate implementation
Master Your World: Leadership Strategies to Improve Productivity, Profits & Communication
  • Learn what most employees need from their leaders and managers to be more effective
  • Implement actionable items to create cohesive teamwork and better engage those around you
  • Improve personal and professional productivity with less stress
Futurenomics: An Economic Snapshot and What To Do Next
  • Understand the bridge between economics and leadership
  • Use economic data to grow your business and safeguard your bottom line
  • Prepare your team to weather economic uncertainty
A.R.M.E.D. How to Attract, Retain, Mentor, Evolve, and Develop the Next Generation of Leaders and Employees

Getting people to work together is challenging. Office tension, competition, gossip, personal agendas and pettiness reduce morale and productivity.

How to Attract, Recruit, Mentor, Evolve and Develop the Next Generation of Leaders for corporations and associations. By 2020, millennials will be 50% of the American workforce. That number jumps to 75% by 2025. Is your organization attracting and keeping the talent you need to lead into the future? Do you have a succession plan for your senior people? Are you ready for the shifting workforce?

U.S. unemployment levels are at record lows. Ten thousand baby boomers are retiring every day. Thousands of human resource directors are struggling to fill the 6 million vacant job opportunities in the US as competitors race for employees. Once they are hired, how do you keep them? How can you ensure that your employees, both new hires, and your current team, are ready for upcoming roles and responsibilities?

In this highly interactive session, Mary discusses how to Attract talent by being attractive to current and prospective team members, how to Recruit the right people, how to Mentor and manage emerging employees, how to Evolve, structurally and culturally to stay relevant, and how to Develop the next tier of talent for future success.

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