Commander Mary Kelly Renowned Economist and Leadership Expert

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  • 15 Ways to Grow Your Business in Every Economy
  • 360° of Leadership: Steering Around the Icebergs
  • A.R.M.E.D.
  • FutureNomics for Associations – What Associations Need To Do to Be Invaluable in 2025
  • Master Your World: 10 Executive Leadership Strategies to Improve Productivity, Profits, and Communication
  • Top Secret Leadership – Military Leadership You Need Now
  • Who Comes Next? Leadership Succession Planning Made Easy
  • Why Leaders Fail and the 7 Prescriptions for Success

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  • 2019 249 Minutes to Increase Leadership and Productivity
  • 2019 Who Comes Next? Leadership Succession Planning Made Easy
  • 2016 Why Leaders Fail and the 7 Critical Skills for Dynamic Success
  • 2013 Money Smart: How Not To Buy Cat Food When You Don't Have a Cat - Personal finance for 18-30 year olds who want to live well and retire comfortably
  • 2012 15 Ways To Grow Your Business in Every Economy
  • 2011 Master Your World: 10 Dog-Inspired Leadership Lessons to Improve Productivity, Profits, and Communication
  • 2010 In Case of Emergency, Break Glass! Life documents - what you need and when
  • 2010 360 Degrees of Leadership: Steering Around the Icebergs

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Mary Kelly is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and spent over 20 years on active duty in intelligence and logistics. She retired from the Navy as a commander. She has masters’ degrees in history and economics, and a PhD in economics.

With over 20 years combined teaching experience at both the Naval Academy and at Hawaii Pacific University, she taught economics, finance, history and management. She has extensive experience in business coaching, management, economics, finance, banking, insurance, real estate, government, organizational leadership, communication, business growth, teamwork, strategic planning, human resources, customer service, time management, and project development. Mary has a track record for success as an organizational change agent.

In her role 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 and a 19% budget decrease.

As an educator, Dr. Kelly created a mandatory curriculum for a college student body of 4,500 students. During her teaching career, she developed 31 university courses in the areas of business management, economics, history, management, geography, political science, human resources and international relations. Mary taught remote course work for multiple colleges while creating 4 distance learning courses using online lectures, webinars, interactive exercises and podcasting. In addition to standard curriculums, Dr. Kelly coached 450 students on life skills and time-management. She created and taught wealth building and personal finance to students at the United States Naval Academy, resulting in a student body educated on budgeting and retirement planning before graduation.

As a speaker and presenter, Mary Kelly pulls from her diverse experience to provide keynote presentations that are engaging and compelling, leaving the audience wanting more. With a warm and sincere style, Mary takes her vast knowledge and provides an educational presentation that holds the interest of her audience. She is a popular speaker on topics of leadership, communication, financial planning, and management. As a communicator, she has chaired academic and military panels for economics, political science and historical conferences, and she has conducted over 2,200 seminars on financial, business, management and leadership topics.

Productive Leaders maintains sites in Dallas TX and Denver CO. Mary enjoys skiing, kayaking, time outside with her dogs, and philanthropic activities.


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