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With over twenty years of leadership experience and a diverse background leading teams in the U.S. and abroad, Dr. Mary Kelly makes leadership a reality for all levels of an organization. She trained over 10,000 military personnel and led multi-cultural teams in 11 countries.

Dr. Kelly delivers tools that increase productivity and profits. She is a renowned leadership coach, speaker and author, specializing in maximizing available resources. She has extensive experience in human resources, finance, insurance, organizational leadership, and project development.

Dr. Kelly generates solutions to complex business problems. She is energetic, engaging and perceptive, and as an executive decision maker, she knows the importance of strategic planning. Her entrepreneurial acumen, and insightful ability to creatively problem solve enable her to transform corporate cultures and structures.

Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership
  • Management Skills
  • Business Coaching
  • Time Management/Organization
  • Financial Issues
  • Communication Skills
  • Customer Service
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Strategic Planning

Industry Experience

  • Transportation
  • Insurance
  • Business Services
  • Public Administration

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Awards/ Certifications/ Honors

  • B.S. in History from United States Naval Academy
  • M.A. in Economics from The University of Oklahoma
  • M.A. in History from The University of Hawaii
  • Ph.D. in Economics from Greenwich University
  • Ph.D. in Political Science from The University of Hawaii (2010)

Professional Associations

  • American Economics Association
  • National Speakers Association

Professional Bio

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 the economy, academic development, human resources, finance, organizational 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.

maryinuniformsmlAs 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 over the last 15 years, 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 conceived 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.

maryseminarsmlAs 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 has been a popular speaker for both the US Naval Academy and Hawaii Pacific University 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, and she has conducted over 1,400 seminars on financial, business, human resources, management and leadership topics to all levels of civilian corporations.

Productive Leaders is based out of Dallas, TX. Mary enjoys skiing, kayaking, time outside with her dogs, and philanthropic activities. maryNASCARsml

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