Dr. Mary Kelly

Speaker, Author, Economist 
Economic and Leadership Development

From her days as a naval intelligence officer to her role as one of today’s most influential economists, Commander/Dr. Mary C. Kelly has carved out an unforgettable career in leadership. Former chief of police, professor, realtor and HR Director – Mary has spent over 25 years teaching and training more than 40,000 military and civilian personnel. 

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 is the author of 13 books on business growth, leadership, and today’s economy. She is a speaker, coach, and trainer who has worked with hundreds of organizations and companies across the globe. 

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Professional Summary

Dr. 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. Dr. Kelly has masters’ degrees in history and economics, and a PhD in economics. With over 20 years combined teaching experience at both the Naval Academy and at Hawaii Pacific University, she taught economics, finance, history, and management. She has extensive experience in business coaching, management, economics, finance, banking, insurance, real estate, government, organizational leadership, communication, business growth, teamwork, strategic planning, human resources, customer service, time management, and project development. As a speaker and presenter,



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Effective Leader

"Mary 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 | VP of Corporate Communications, Amtrak


“Mary hit it out of the park with our Wine Ambassadors. She taught them how to manage their time, be productive leaders, and most importantly how to create business plans. She understood our business very well. Bravo!”

Melissa Lynch | GM Boisset Collection, Ambassador Program


“Working with Mary and her team ahead of our Global Symposium was so easy and organized and then to see her on stage was UNBELIEVABLE. Mary is sharp, kind, enthusiastic, knowledgable and a JOY to be around. She left our attendees feeling inspired and energized.”

Kyndal Korsgaden | Director of Operations, Women of the Vine & Spirits