Productive Leaders

Ph.D., CSP, CDR, US Navy Ret.,
CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame
  • t CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame
  • t Certified Virtual Presenter
  • t 56th Most Influential Economist in the World
  • t Commander, US Navy (Ret.)/USNA 1987

Mary Inducted into Speaker Hall of Fame

So much love and gratitude to all of my clients and audiences who supported this journey! Being inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame is a huge honor that is only made possible by my great team, amazing friends, and fellow speakers! This is truly a career highlight!

This induction (only 5 people per year) into the Council of Peer Award of Excellence Speaker Hall of Fame is a lifetime award for speaking excellence and professionalism. Inductees are evaluated by their peers through a rigorous and demanding process.

Each candidate must excel in the following five categories:

  • Message
  • Presentation and Delivery
  • Experience
  • Professionalism
  • Collateral Material


Direct, interactive, motivational, and memorable


Author of 15 business and leadership books


Naval Officer and Commander (ret.) Trained over 40,000 personnel


Transforming leaders and businesses with insightful techniques


Professor at the Naval Academy, Airforce Academy, CSU, and HPU

Mary at a Glance

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 master’s degrees in history and economics, and a PhD in economics.

Mary Kelly has EXPERIENCE, and it’s this experience that helps your executives and your audiences change the way they view crises, challenges, and changes. Mary turns obstacles into opportunities.

Mary was a professor for over 30 years, and she loves helping others navigate the economy, build their businesses, become even better leaders, and accomplish more in less time. Combining inspirational military and corporate stories, unforgettable energy, and a little comedy, Mary delivers customized and memorable programs every time!

Keynote Speaker

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 speaks to 100+ organizations a year and has worked with organizations such as AMC Institute, National Association of REALTORS, HealthOne, U.S. Air Force, LPL Financial and many more.

See a full list of Mary’s sessions here.

Mary has a unique ability to reach executives and help them attain their goals through leadership training, professional development, and succession planning.

Education / Awards

  • B.S. in History from the 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
  • ABD in Political Science from the University of Hawaii
  • American Economics Association
  • National Speakers Association Magazine Editorial Chair
  • National Speakers Association, CO Member of the Year 2015
  • 2020 Top 50 Keynote Speaker

Best-selling author

Mary is the author of 15 books on business, leadership, and economics. Her most recent books, Better in 52 Weeks, The Five Minute Leadership Guide, and Who Comes Next? Leadership Succession Planning Made Easy.

Mary has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, MENSA, Men’s Magazine, and thousands of additional media outlets.

Please see Mary’s books here.

Featured in

Glam Magazine

Mary is published in The Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, Success, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Entrepreneur, Reuters, Yahoo Finance, and many, many more!

“Mary changed the energy in the room! After a long day of regulatory updates, Mary’s content and humor was just what we needed!”

“Mary incorporated economics into our leadership program, and I am suddenly fascinated by the economy!”

“I am so glad I brought Mary in to lead my strategic planning session. She made the process fast, efficient, effective, and fun. We are bringing her back next year!”