Mary Kelly, PhD, CSP, CDR, US Navy (ret) Leadership Speaker/Author

  • The Speaker


  • The Author

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  • The Commander

    Naval Officer 21 years.
    Trained over 40,000
    military and civilian
    personnel. Retired Commander.

  • The Consultant

    Captures and transforms audiences with creative and insightful problem-solving techniques.

  • The Professor

    University professor, organizational leadership, strategic planning, finance, and project development.

Dr. Mary Kelly is an internationally renowned author and keynote speaker on leadership, productivity, and business growth. In 21 years as a Navy intelligence and logistics officer, Mary trained more than 40,000 military and civilian personnel.

She has spent 25 years on active duty in the Navy leading multi-national teams throughout Asia.  She was an intelligence officer specializing in Asia and Russia, an HR director, a chief of police, and a professor at the Naval Academy.  Her Ph.D. is in economics, and she specializes in development.  Mary is the author of 11 books on business growth and leadership. 


Mary Kelly, Ph.D., CSP, CDR, US Navy (ret)
Leadership Speaker/Author for CSP

Meet Mary Kelly – Leadership and Business Keynoter


Mary holds a degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, master’s degrees in both in Economics and History, and a PhD in economics. She has more than 20 years experience teaching economics, finance, leadership, and management at the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, and Hawaii Pacific University.

Mary is also a member of MENSA and the American Economics Association. She is the recipient of the U.S. Air Force Academy Outstanding Educator and Instructor of the Year awards.


Mary has published books on leadership, productivity, communication, and business growth. Her best-selling book, “Master Your World” launched her international leadership speaking career.
Her other titles include:

  • 15 Ways to Grow Your Business in Every Economy
  • Money Smart: How Not to Buy Cat Food When You Don’t Have a Cat
  • 360 Degrees of Leadership: Navigating Around the Icebergs
  • Stop the Barking
  • In Case of Emergency, Break Glass!
  • Why Leaders Fail and the 7 Prescriptions for Success

Hundreds of Mary’s articles have been published in thousands of magazines, newspapers, and journals worldwide.

Keynote Speaking

Today, Mary is a popular motivational leadership keynote speaker for conferences and events. Mary earned the CSP, the Certified Speaking Professional designation, which is earned by less than 1% of professional speakers and is the highest designation awarded by the National Speakers Association.  In 2015 Mary was the National Speakers Association Member of the Year in Colorado.

Executive Coaching

Mary loves business strategy, succession planning, and leadership development that yields results.  She also loves helping other people succeed, which is what makes her an effective executive business coach.

Mary Kelly with her Horse

Personal Life

In her spare time, Mary is active in her community. She is on several local and national boards, and she travels internationally for charity work. On the weekends, you can find Mary whitewater rafting, enjoying a glass of red wine, and thinking about running with her dogs.

See the charities that Mary loves!

See Mary’s wild adventures!




“I’ve known Mary since 1997. She is an amazingly effective leader, manager, and coach. She is creative, inspirational, and energetic. She embodies the highest sense of personal integrity and commitment.”

Rod Gibbons, APR, Vice President of Corporate Communications at Amtrak

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