Who Comes Next?
Leadership Succession Planning Made Easy

Competitive, challenging, and constantly shifting – that is today’s marketplace. To successfully compete, organizations need to build depth of experience, perspective, and increase the knowledge base of their leadership bench.  

Leaders and organizations need to start planning now to:
1. Invest in attracting top talent
2. Develop leadership skills
3. Design a succession plan that gets results

With more than 75 million baby-boomers reaching retirement age, you need to be managerially prepared. You need answers to important organizational and leadership questions:
What will the new roles and responsibilities look like in the future?
What do we need to build an organizational plan for new challenges?
Who is going to move into more senior positions?  Who comes next?

Dr. Mary Kelly and Meridith Elliott Powell have developed an innovative, high-energy keynote based on their succession planning book, Who Comes Next? 

They share what it takes to build a strong talent pipeline, develop your future leaders, and create a succession plan that gives you clear competitive advantage.   

Key Takeaways:

  • Proven methodology for building your leadership bench
  • Powerful techniques to build long, loyal and highly engaged leaders
  • Secrets to aligning your succession plan to your strategic objectives
  • Innovative strategies to get you out of the “urgent” phase, and into a culture of continuous leadership development
  • A customized succession plan ready for immediate implementation

Why Leaders Fail and the 7 Prescriptions for Success

Leaders know that success at work starts with helping others do what you know they need to do.  Thousands of leadership programs tell you how to be successful, but few delve deeper into the surprisingly common mistakes supervisors, managers, and even CEOs unknowingly make that derail their team’s effectiveness and productivity. 

Mary Kelly  examined data from over 100,000 employee surveys to pinpoint the 7 most common reasons some business professionals fail while others are so successful. Whether in your first year of management or your 30th, the 7 Prescriptions for Leadership Success shows participants hidden pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Mary’s program also outlines specific actions that lead to short and long-term success.  

Based on the book of the same title, this content-rich, data-based program is also entertaining and full of actions that participants can use to further develop their leadership skills, outcomes, and organizational morale.


  • Gain insight into behaviors that may be sabotaging the loyalty and productivity of the people around you.
  • Understand why top talent may not be performing up to their potential.
  • Use Mary’s 5-Minute Business Success Series plans to help you align team goals with the organizational mission.
  • Enhance awareness of how you are perceived by your team, peers, and supervisors.
  • Personalize the experience with access to your individual leadership assessment to identify your leadership strengths and weaknesses.

FutureNomics for Associations – What Associations Need To Do to Be Invaluable in 2025

Mary is the bridge between economics and leadership.  She has several interactive leadership programs, and her keynotes are full of actionable takeaways.  

Her program, Futurenomics: An Economic Snapshot and What To Do Next, gives leaders and managers economic information in a fun and informative way, as well as leadership recommendations to improve productivity and profitability.  It is VERY different, and audiences love it.  

Mary’s programs are most popular with organizations and industries that value economic information that is presented in a useful and entertaining way, such as credit unions, banks, insurance companies, and medical practices. 

Master Your World: 10 Leadership Strategies to Improve Productivity, Profits, and Communication

Leadership is creating a vision as well as executing the strategy. Leadership is also why people, and companies, succeed or fail. Some people believe leadership is limited to the people at the top, but real leadership happens at all levels in every organization. True leaders strategically plan and implement long-term programs to take advantage of talent and increase morale throughout the organization.

Everyone benefits when leaders apply three core techniques and then refine them with seven critical applications. Engaging and immediately applicable, this inspirational program is packed with templates and tools so leaders can achieve optimal results.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn what most employees are not getting from their leaders and managers that they need to be more effective.
  • Implement actionable items to create cohesive teamwork and better engage those around you.
  • Improve personal and professional productivity with less stress.
  • Discover how to best use your networks and relationships to further your influence and your business.
  • Find the keys to being happier and more productive at work (and at home) by applying the Master Your World techniques.


Getting people to work together is challenging. Office tension, competition, gossip, personal agendas and pettiness reduce morale and productivity.

How to Attract, Recruit, Mentor, Evolve and Develop the Next Generation of Leaders for corporations and associations. By 2020, millennials will be 50% of the American workforce. That number jumps to 75% by 2025. Is your organization attracting and keeping the talent you need to lead into the future? Do you have a succession plan for your senior people? Are you ready for the shifting workforce?

U.S. unemployment levels are at record lows. Ten thousand baby boomers are retiring every day. Thousands of human resource directors are struggling to fill the 6 million vacant job opportunities in the US as competitors race for employees. Once they are hired, how do you keep them? How can you ensure that your employees, both new hires, and your current team, are ready for upcoming roles and responsibilities?

In this highly interactive session, Mary discusses how to Attract talent by being attractive to current and prospective team members, how to Recruit the right people, how to Mentor and manage emerging employees, how to Evolve, structurally and culturally to stay relevant, and how to Develop the next tier of talent for future success.

Top Secret Leadership – Military Leadership You Need Now

Getting people to work together is challenging. Office tension, competition, gossip, personal agendas and pettiness reduce morale and productivity.

Do you ever wonder how the military recruits people from diverse environments and coalesces them into cooperative, fighting teams? Find out how you can use military approaches to enhance communication and teamwork, develop integration, and facilitate a positive work environment.

  • Learning Outcomes:
  • Be more productive in less time
  • Work together to accomplish more
  • Communicate clearly among all levels
  • Set and exceed expectations
  • Conquer the obstacles that create barriers to effective teamwork.
  • Cross generational gaps and use the strengths of the people you work with

The military forges cohesive teams and leaders and you can too!

15 Ways to Grow Your Business in Every Economy

You are wonderful with clients, you understand what you need to do to stay current in your field, and you have a great staff, but running a business is tough. Working in the financial profession today involves all kinds of other tasks as well. In this fast-paced, dynamic, and fun session, Mary incorporates workable solutions for today’s tough business problems. Learn how to maximize your time and resources for greater productivity and profits.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how to put together a dynamite, well-organized business plan that defines your business strategy with Mary’s easy-to-use, fill-in-the-blank templates.
  • Discover how to use your business relationships to further your business with a structured referral system.
  • Be able to track the strengths and weaknesses of your teams to best assign tasks, align goals, and achieve optimal outcomes.
  • Implement actionable items to create cohesive teamwork, improve personal and professional productivity, and better engage those around you using a daily tracking tool.
  • And 11 other actions that grow your business.
360° of Leadership – Steering Around the Icebergs

Navigating the World of Leadership

Great leadership is an upside down pyramid. You as the leader are there to support the people working for you. Great leaders build effective teams and remind managers and leaders to communicate, develop employees, listen, and strategize for optimal results.

Learning Outcomes:

  • What to consider as you assume a new role with new responsibilities
  • How to communicate effectively with your diverse workforce
    What most employees wish their leaders knew
  • Ways to use the strengths of your workplace demographics
  • How to motivate employees even without a budget

The military asks employees to sleep at work. You probably don’t expect your people to work for several weeks without a day off. Learn the secrets of leadership and motivation from a 21-year Navy veteran who lead multi-cultural teams all over the world in this thought-provoking, action-packed session.  Designed for teambuilding, experienced managers, and senior management.


Lack of Recognition


Internal Politics


Lack of Empowerment


Don't like their Boss

2 million Americans voluntarily
leave their jobs every month.

Forbes / Accenture


Be a true leader. Take care of your team.



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