P.I.V.O.T.: How to Lead Teams through Change, Challenge, and Crisis

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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.

Who Comes Next?
Leadership Succession Planning Made Easy

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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


Why Leaders Fail and the 7 Prescriptions for Success

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Why Leaders Fail and the 7 Prescriptions for Success is a corporate training and conference keynote that is based on data and delivered in a way that entertains and engages audiences of all levels.  

Great leadership, if you are doing it right, is hard.  Being a great leader is more than just showing up, going through the motions, sitting in the big chair, and getting paid. 

Great leaders are always thinking about how they can become even better for their organizations, their people, and themselves. Our goal with this research was to identify areas where great leaders can become even better. 

We surveyed over 100,000 employees in over 70 different industries. We asked a variety of questions, such as:

  • “What gets in the way of you doing your job more effectively?”
  • “What could leadership do at your organization that would help you be more productive?”
  • “What tools or training do you need so that you can function more efficiently?”

And delved into specific frustrations:

  • “Have you ever seen a really good person be promoted to a leadership position and struggled?”
  • “Why did they struggle?”
  • “What does your leadership do that frustrates you?”
  • “What are your leaders and managers doing that cause them to sabotage their own success, even though they may have the best of intentions?”

We gathered the data and then categorized it into seven critical areas which define successful leaders.
The 7 critical areas are Vision, Trust, Teamwork, Empathy, Fairness, Humility, and Decision-making.  

Commander Mary Kelly, US Navy (retired) spent 25 years of active duty in the Navy. She was a military professor at the Naval Academy and a civilian professor at the Air Force Academy. She learned lessons in leadership in the first and second gulf wars and during 911. She uses real-world military and industry examples that resonate with participants.

In this highly engaging and deeply effective book and program, leaders will gain insights to:

  • Understand why your top talent is not performing up to their top potential
  • Learn specific actions that lead to both short-term and long-term success
  • Control and manage how you are perceived by your team, your peers, and your leadership
  • Identify small actions that sabotage the loyalty and productivity of the people around you

Using the 7 Prescriptions for Success Assessment, leaders are able to focus their energies on the activities that maximize their time and resources.  

This program comes with a vault of materials that includes:

    • The 7 Prescriptions for Success course handout
    • The 7 Prescriptions for Success workbook
    • The 7 Prescriptions for Success Assessment
    • The 12-Month Business Success and Accountability Planner
    • The 90-Day Business Bootcamp Project Management tool
    • Resiliency: 7 Skills To Bounce Back During Tough Times and more!

“WLF is one of the best conferences I’ve ever been to. Please just keep up the great work!”

Futurenomics:  The Economic Snapshot You Need to See Today

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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.

Master Your World: Today’s Game Plan for Maximum Profits, Peak Productivity, and Top Communication

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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


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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

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

CLASSIFIED! The Military’s Top Secret Leadership Secrets

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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

15 Ways to Grow Your Business in 2021 and Beyond

PROGRAM DELIVERY:  Live Presentation | Virtual Keynote | Live Streaming I Webinar | Keynote and Full-Day Program

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.

Iceberg ahead! Navigating the World of Business & Leadership

PROGRAM DELIVERY:  Live Presentation | Virtual Keynote | Live Streaming I Webinar | Keynote and Full-Day Program

In this uplifting and inspiring keynote, Dr. Mary Kelly gives you a peek into the lessons she has learned about leadership over a decades-long career in the Navy, corporate America and beyond. Mary delights in getting down to business and sharing what most employees wish their leaders knew.

With encouraging stories and true tales from the armed forces, you’ll learn to:

  • Communicate like a champ
  • Embrace the strengths of your teammates
  • Motivate staff with little or no budget
  • Take on a new role with grace and ease

For meeting planners:

  • Thought-provoking, action packed session sure to wow audiences
  • High-energy, high-content keynote option
  • Custom built for team-building experiences, management, and senior management
  • Based on Mary’s book, 360 Degrees of Leadership


Money Smart: Personal Finance to Live Well
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Money Smart is directed toward 18-30-year-olds who want to build wealth and live well. Easy to read, and quick to implement, this guide explains:

  • how to buy a car,
  • whether to rent or buy a house,
  • how to develop effective saving and spending plans,
  • how compound interest works,
  • how to plan for retirement, and
  • how and where to invest.  

Dr. Mary Kelly was once asked if she was afraid of the risk involved with investing. Mary’s answer was, “I am far more afraid of having to buy cat food when I don’t have a cat.” This became part of the many personal finance courses Mary has taught for three universities to thousands of students. Money Smart is dedicated to Mary’s students, with the hope that they will make smart decisions, live well, and help others. Being smart about personal finances has never been more important. Start now! Perfect for college students, new managers, or anyone who needs guidance and motivation on how to be smart with money.

Reuters-Money-Smart Link GraphicMoney Smart is dedicated to my students, with my hope that they will make smart decisions, live well, and help others. Mary has been published by The Wall Street Journal, the Denver Business Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, Yahoo Finance, News 9, PR Newswire, Seeking Alpha, KCTV, Reuters, Vimeo, and eMag.   Read full article…

In Case of Emergency, Break Glass!
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A systematic and humorous program to organize important life documents.

5 out of 5 people surveyed discovered that none of us are going to live forever.

If something catastrophic happened to you today, would your family know what to do? 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!

“Mary Kelly was a great choice to be our opening keynote speaker at HBMA 2019 this year. Her energy is infectious and got everyone excited for both her content and the conference as a whole. In the world of conference planning, it is always wonderful to find a speaker who is excited to spend time with your members before and after her 60-minute presentation.”

Lindsey Sullivan, Education Manager, Healthcare Business Management Association (HBMA)

“The conference was great with dynamic speakers and content-rich sessions.”

“Excellent presenters and relevant topics for women leaders.”

“Great topics, great speaker, well planned.”

“Mary’s speaker sessions always provide relevant information. I leave the event pumped and charged to put in the work that will benefit my work and personal life.”

“I truly enjoyed Mary Kelly and feel that the information provided can/will be used in a typical day. Found the information to be extremely helpful in my growth but personally and professionally.”

“I absolutely loved the morning and afternoon Education Sessions that I attended. Both sessions provided me with wonderful tools to use throughout my career.”

“Dr. Mary Kelly is amazing and inspiring.”


Lack of Recognition


Internal Politics


Lack of Empowerment


Don't like their Boss

2 million Americans voluntarily
leave their jobs every month.

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Be a true leader. Take care of your team.



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