Author of leadership and business growth books, Mary develops and implements strategic vision and business growth techniques to improve profits and productivity.
With over twenty years of leadership experience and a diverse background in the U.S. and abroad, Dr. Kelly provides a wealth of offerings in her portfolio. She has extensive experience in the areas of Leadership, Productivity, Business Growth, Human Resources, Organizational Management, and Economic Development. Mary has a track record for success as an organizational change agent.
In her role as a human resources director, Dr. Kelly, developed a business model for the computer and telecommunications organization for personnel hiring, training and retention that was adopted globally by the U. S. Navy. Managing culturally diverse teams, she orchestrated organizational changes for over 3,000 personnel for 2 military base closures. Her ability to problem solve and provide innovative solutions enabled her to transform the Navy's largest pay and personnel organization from the lowest in customer satisfaction to the highest in the nation in 18 months, with 23% fewer employees.
As an educator, Dr. Kelly created a mandatory curriculum for a college student body of 4,500 students. She was responsible for teaching 31 university courses in the areas of business management, economics, history, geography, political science, human resources and international relations. Kelly has taught remote course work for multiple colleges over the last 15 years, creating 4 distance learning courses using online lectures and interactive exercises, and she was one of the first to use pod casting.
In addition to leadership development, Dr. Kelly personally coached 450 students on life skills and organization, and conceived and taught a wealth building and personal finance seminar to students at the United States Naval Academy, resulting in a student body educated on budgeting and retirement planning before leaving the security of a university setting.
As a speaker and presenter, Mary Kelly pulls from her diverse experience to provide keynote presentations that are engaging and compelling, leaving audiences wanting more. With a warm, entertaining, and sincere style, Dr. Kelly uses her vast knowledge to provide informative presentations that hold the interest of her audience.
She authored "A 56 Year Old Tale of Moral and Physical Courage" Leadership Embodied, Naval Institute Press, December 2004, "Sit, Save, Good Boy" Honolulu Star Bulletin, July 2004, "In the classroom - how students learn best" Po'okela, September 2004, "Are you a great boss? Find out" Honolulu Star Bulletin, September 2003,"Work like a dog? Well, perhaps you should." Honolulu Star Bulletin, September, 2003, "The (unfortunately) real boss" Honolulu Star Bulletin, May 2003, "Want your child to grow up and get a good paying job? Teach her to read" Honolulu Star Bulletin, February 2003,"Money talks" Honolulu Star Bulletin, February 2003, "Throwing Management to the Dogs" Honolulu Star Bulletin, August 2002, "The Buck Stops Here" Honolulu Star Bulletin, August 2002, "Cheerleading: How to Reward Employees" Honolulu Star Bulletin, September 2002, "Hawaii's Economy" Hawaii 2000: 201 Ways to Get There, 2001, "Why is my Double Grande Latte so Expensive?" The Vantage Point, 2001, "Special Report: Conference on Trade and Investment in Vietnam" The Vantage Point, 2001, "Harvest of Sorrows" The Vantage Point, 2001, "International Competition" Saigon Times, 2000.
After over 20 of years of leading diverse teams all over the world, Kelly's approach to leadership is immediately practical and applicable. She had real world experience and she shares it with her groups. Her Leadership Lessons from the Dog discussion is an enjoyable, interactive approach to getting the behaviors you want from the people who surround you. The communication session focuses on solving and resolving common misunderstandings in the workplace. Finally, Dr. Kelly helps her audiences stay mindful of what is important. While other programs on communication and leadership exhort leadership quotes and may be easily forgotten, Kelly's program can be applied as the audience leaves the room with immediate results.
As a popular speaker for both the U. S. Naval Academy and Hawaii Pacific University's Speakers' Bureaus on topics of finance, leadership, communication, and management. As a communicator, she has chaired academic and military panels for economics, political science and historical conferences. She has conducted over 1,400 seminars on financial, business, human resources, management and leadership topics to all levels of private and government corporations.
Dr. Kelly is a graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy, earned an M.A. in economics from the University of Oklahoma, and M.A. in history from the University of Hawaii, and a PhD in economics from Greenwich University.