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Leading Through Crisis, Challenge, And Change
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10 Programs By This Presenter

75 million baby boomers are reaching retirement age in the next several years. Whether you are one of them or one of the many leaders who will be navigating the changes, it is imperative that you have a plan.

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

For meeting planners:

• Innovative, high-energy, in-demand topic

• Perfect for an opening or closing keynote, providing profitable information your attendees need to take back to the office.

• Based on Who Comes Next? Leadership Succession Planning Made Easy, Dr. Kelly’s newest book

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

For meeting planners:

• Based on Mary’s book of the same title, this is an audience favorite, perfect for a high-energy opening session or stamina-filled closing keynote

• Audience access to Mary’s 5-minute Business Series plans to organize, brainstorm, and map out goals

• Entertaining, content-rich, and data-based general session

Changes in interest rates, imports, investments, housing trends, trade, and tariffs…do today’s news headlines have your stomach in knots? What do the changes in the current economy mean for your business? What do they mean for your own career? Heck, what do they mean for your family?

Join Dr. Mary Kelly, one of the world’s most valued economists, as she exposes the true meaning of the current economic structure and what that means for your organization’s future. 

• Learn to operate and make decisions from facts and data, not emotions

• Understand what the changes in international trade mean for your industry

• Gain a valuable understanding of today’s economy to improve profits and safeguard your businesses’ bottom line

• Prepare your team for what is to come in 2025 and beyond

For meeting planners:

• No economic overwhelm here – this session is funny and informative – and really is different than any your members have seen before!

• Popular with organizations that highly value economic information, such as manufacturing, medical, and financial associations

• Economic information plus bonus productivity and profitability tips

• Perfect for an opening or closing keynote, providing profitable information your attendees need to take back to the office.

We hear the word leadership a lot around the office. But, do we understand what it means to be a leader – regardless of our job title or our place on the ladder? Leadership isn’t just a plan for the supervisors and CEOs.  Leadership is a set of principles that affects every employee, every team member, and every consumer. Leadership is what differentiates the ordinary from the amazing.

Would you like to know if your employees are searching LinkedIn for their next job? Or, if your boss has your back at the board meeting? Dr. Mary Kelly has some surprising insight into these questions as she guides you through a session that is a true investment in yourself and your career.

• Understand how leadership creates a productive and constructive team

• Learn how loyalty and relationships affect your bottom line

• Realize what most employees say they are not getting from their supervisors and leaders that causes them to leave

• Create a culture of dynamic communication

For meeting planners:

• Perfect as a highly motivational leadership opening or closing keynote, with funny military and corporate examples, this program includes actionable takeaways that attendees can use as soon as they get back to the office.

• Based on Mary’s book, Master Your World, this is a humorous and valuable journey through leadership in today’s workplace.

• Audience gets access to Mary’s 5-minute Leadership Success Series plans to provide feedback that works, improve employee engagement, and triage communication to save time and produce results

You’ve seen the statistics….

More than 45% of today’s workforce are millennials. Ten thousand boomers are retiring each day. There are six million vacant job opportunities in the US.

Companies are on a race to secure the right talent that will ensure their business survives the shifting workforce. Team leaders are navigating the new ways of the workplace….remote work, less direct communication, employee loneliness, and dissatisfaction. It’s a brave new world and you’ve got to be A.R.M.E.D.

In one of Mary’s most popular keynotes, you’ll learn to:

• Attract the right customers and people to your organization

• Recruit/Retain the right talent to serve customers and create experiences

• Mentor/Manage current and emerging leaders to full potential

• Evolve forward-thinking leadership as the corporate culture

• Develop teams and talent for future success

Ridiculous gossip, petty competitions, office drama…it’s the stuff you tell your family members about over the dinner table. We laugh and exchange knowing glances, but it’s also what’s keeping your organization from being successful. Workplace distractions, desire for credit, and personal agendas are what stops your team from being productive and accomplishing their goals. Goals are something that the military knows a lot about! 

Did you ever wonder how the armed forces deal with these challenges in tough situations? How does the military turn inexperience into cooperative and successful team members? Retired Navy Commander, Dr. Mary C. Kelly lets you in on the top secrets of the military and how they can turn your team around.

Mary will give you the information to:

• Identify the strengths and weaknesses of those around you

• Learn to work together to set and surpass goals

• Conquer the obstacles that are poisonous to a productive workplace

• Communicate with each generation, personality, and background

For meeting planners:

• Perfect for professionals of all levels

• Works best as an opening or closing keynote session

• Highly entertaining and content-filled

For meeting planners:

• THE session for human resource professionals and leadership audiences

• A challenging and enlightening opening or closing keynote option

• Highly interactive, this program addresses generational, gender, and geographical differences and similarities as well as tactics to win the war for talent

The economy is always changing, and external shocks can affect our business.  Tax increases and tax credits, regulatory changes, and of course, this global pandemic is changing how we run our businesses.  Great leaders need to respond to the current environment, market shifts, and customers needs

Use the 12 Months of Business Growth Resource Manual (included) to build and grow your business in every economy.

In this in-demand session you’ll learn to:

• Put together a concise and effective business plan

• Manage and optimize the strengths and weaknesses of your team

• Embrace people’s differences and differentiation

• Take action to better engage those around you

• Optimize your business relationships to ensure your career is viable and thriving

Audience members get access to some of Mary’s top 5-Minute Business and Leadership Success Plans to fix problems instead of blame, take advantage of diverse opinions and ideas, coalesce teams, align your vision and mission, and get people focused on the strategic vision.

Do your people understand the six stages of a crisis?

Do your leaders recognize the stage their people are in and do they react appropriately?

  • Are your leaders leading, or just hoping for the right outcomes?
  • Understand the six stages of any change, challenge, or crisis.
  • 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 change, challenge, or crisis.

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, 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.

Would your office staff know what actions to take?

If you had to evacuate, could you grab all of your important paperwork in less than 30 seconds?

The reality is no one wants to think about the time when they are not around. No one ever thinks anything tragic is going to happen to them.

Great leaders need to make sure they are personally prepared, that their families are protected, and that their employees have their important life documents in order.

Can we do all of this in less than an hour? Yes!

Can Mary guide us through what we need to know? Yes!

Can it be funny and entertaining? Yes!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand and assemble an organized system of life paperwork, including letters of instruction, wills, trusts, health care directives, insurance, and end-of-life planning with Mary’s In Case of Emergency, Break Glass! workbook.
  • Assess the needs of a personal business plan that does not involve you.
  • Design a legacy plan that encompasses your business’s specific needs and protects your family.
  • Get the important paperwork and critical information in ONE place so your personal representative can start right away working on your behalf and protesting everything you work for.
  • Less than 40.% of Americans have a current will, and a will is only the beginning. Don’t be left unprepared!

Commander Mary Kelly’s keynote “How to Lead Yourself and Your Teams Through Crises, Challenges, and Changes,” delves into the six stages of any tough situation, whether it is a leadership shift, a geographical change, or a product development challenge.

Mary then introduces her P.I.V.O.T. strategy (Purpose, Inspire, Volatility, Opportunities, Tools) attendees can use immediately to become even more effective leaders. Drawing from her extensive military experience, she offers insights into enhancing personal resilience, emotional intelligence, and strategies for leading individuals and teams with clarity and adaptability in challenging situations.

For leaders looking to hone their crisis management skills and inspire their teams to thrive through adversity – ideal for corporate leaders, managers, HR professionals, team leaders, and anyone facing challenging environments.

– Explore the six distinct stages that define reactions to a crisis, challenge, or change.

– Understand Mary’s P.I.V.O.T. method as an effective response to crises.

P: Purpose – Establishing a clear sense of direction and objectives.

I: Inspire – Motivating oneself and the team to rise above challenges.

V: Volatility – Understanding and navigating through unpredictable conditions.

O: Opportunities – Identifying and seizing growth possibilities in adversity.

T: Tools, Training, and Tactics

– Equipping oneself and the team with necessary skills and strategies.

– Maintain focus, perspective, and emotional intelligence during difficult situations.

– Build team resilience and adaptability.
– Elevate strategic communication and planning to increase team productivity and individual leadership effectiveness.


“In a world where we are given infinite choices for how to receive information, I would choose Mary’s style 10 out of 10 times!”

— Women’s Financial Summit

“When I first heard Mary speak, I knew five minutes into her keynote that our attendees were hooked. Leaning forward in their seats, eyes focused, and smiling, they were surprised and delighted by her presentation and couldn’t get enough of her.

Mary fits into my favorite category of speaker – she’s both educational and entertaining. She delivers relevant and practical information with an engaging and humorous style. And a bonus for meeting planners, Mary does her homework, always knows her audience, and is a dream to work with.”

— Communications and Programs, Texas Municipal Director

“I can unequivocally state that in my 20+ years of knowing Mary, she is truly one of the most engaging, interesting, and optimistic persons I know. Her motivation, intellect, and ability to communicate with such a wide breadth of individuals on such varied topics is amazing. Her understanding of human nature and how to connect to people is inspiring. I can without hesitation support her on any endeavor and know when she gets involved with something it is going to be accomplished with flying colors.”

— Director, FTI Consulting

“Dr. Mary Kelly is an amazingly effective leadership expert. Her educational background along with the practical skills she has acquired truly allows her to walk her talk. I literally watched her transform lives. She is inspirational, motivational, and full of immediately practical business ideas. Her passion for learning and relationship skills make her a dream to work with. If you are serious about improving your leadership skills she is the one you want. I can’t wait to hear Mary speak again!”

— Crime Prevention Practitioner and Saftey & Security Consultant, Safety Awareness Firearms Education S.A.F.E.

“Mary conducted a 3 hour leadership workshop/presentation for our state (police department) conference. She is a true professional who brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience. Her presentation was well received and extremely valuable.”

— Chief of Police, Coppell Police Department

“Mary is an outstanding professional speaker. As a leadership expert, she helps people and businesses become wildly successful. Every group that experiences her talk agrees that she is amazing! (I) highly recommend Mary for your next conference, retreat, or business training.”

— CFP Morally Responsible Investing

“If you’re not working with Mary, you’re missing out on the best! At Pathos Leadership Group, we have high standards when we reach out and strategically partner. What can I tell you about Mary? Her professionalism astounds me, her intelligence is incredible and her humor is boundless. I recommend running, not walking, to see if you can get her to work with you and your organization right now.

Still reading this recommendation… What are you waiting for?”

— Business Advisory Services, Venture Capital & Private Equity

“What an AMAZING woman! So incredibly knowledgeable (PhD in economics? who does that?) and so generous with that knowledge. She is a catalyst for [meaningful] change and instantly designs recommendations or jump starting change that inspire, encourage and energize. A force with which to be reckoned (only in the best way) her genuine enthusiasm for authentic leadership, fullness of life and lovable dogs is contagious. Doesn’t hurt that her sense of humor is FABULOUS, too! I feel so fortunate and blessed to call Mary colleague and friend.”

— Certified Kolbe Consultant
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