What I Like to talk About


The economic and political landscape is rapidly changing in the US as well as in Europe and Asia. Socio-political events are impacting the financial markets as never before. What do you need to know? How is the economy going to impact your business?

  • Understand the economic issues that make headlines is critical to making good decisions. What happens now will impact markets for the next 5 years. What trends should we watch and where should we look for more information?

  • Learn what you need to track to protect and guide your business and your clients in this volatile environment.

Mary provides an engaging and interesting economic update on the latest trends and forecasts. Specifically, she will review US spending and budget issues, tax changes, and legislative actions that impact advisors and business owners.

 15 Ways Grow Your Business in Every Economy

Perfect for sales teams, business owners, entrepreneurs, and business teams, this fast paced and humorous program discusses how to strategically plan and improve business, develop a successful marketing plan, effectively use available networks, improve focus, save time, and ultimately, increase profits.

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. Wouldn't it be great to prosper all the time? Would you like to grow your business regardless of the economy? Do you want to be recession-proof?

In this fast-paced, dynamic, and fun session, renowned economist, speaker and leadership expert, Mary Kelly, covers 15 ways to assist business owners in more effective marketing, enhanced productivity, and achieving greater profits all the time. Mary would love to help you grow your business!

 Why Leaders Fail

The news is full of leadership failures. Many good people, when they rise to leadership positions, fail. Good leadership seems easy in theory but actually living, executing, and fostering strong, effective leadership in corporations and organizations is tough.

How can we ensure success? What do successful leaders do differently? What are the surprisingly common mistakes that many leaders unknowingly make that derail their success? Using current data and case studies collected through years of corporate and military leadership, you’ll learn why so many leaders fail, and how to avoid the pitfalls.

The military focus on leadership is not an accident. Leadership is most critical during times of crisis. Leadership happens when things are tough and there are problems to solve.

  Master Your World:

Everyone benefits when managers and leaders apply 3 core principles, and then refines them with 7 critical applications. Audiences can immediately use these practices at work and at home. Fun, engaging, and eminently applicable to a wide range of audiences, this popular talk is packed with information and useful ways to get the behavior you want from people around you for greater results with less stress.

You’ll learn what it takes to be a great leader, which will, in turn, result in a great team. Leadership is all about 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.

Mary can’t wait to share these key pieces of leadership knowledge with you! This program is engaging and immediately applicable. Master Your World is packed with templates and tools so leaders can achieve optimal results.

My Background

Mary Kelly, PhD, CSP, CDR, US Navy (ret) is an internationally known economist and leadership expert, specializing in productivity, communication, and business profit growth. Mary is the CEO of Productive Leaders, with sites in Dallas, Texas and Denver, Colorado.

Mary has been quoted in hundreds of periodicals including Forbes, Money Magazine, Entrepreneur, Yahoo Finance, Success, the Wall Street Journal, and dozens of business journals.

A MENSA member, Mary has received several speaking accolades including the Air Force Academy Instructor of the Year, Outstanding Educator Award, National Speakers Association-Colorado Member of the Year, and the Navy League Leadership Award, in addition to her military awards.

Mary is the author of 11 books, including:

  • Master Your World:10 Dog-Inspired Leadership Lessons to Improve Productivity, Profits, & Communication

  • 15 Ways to Grow Your Business in Every Economy and

  • 360 Degrees of Leadership

  • Stop the Barking

  • Money Smart: How Not To Buy Cat Food When You Don’t Have a Cat

  • Why Leaders Fail and the 7 Prescriptions for Success

While in the Navy, Mary served as an intelligence officer, and she later specialized in running military bases. With extensive experience in human resources, finance, insurance, organizational leadership, strategic planning, and project development, she focuses on building successful strategies for business leaders at all levels of an organization.

Mary earned a BS from the United States Naval Academy, an MA in Economics from the University of Oklahoma, an MA in History and Foreign Policy from the University of Hawaii, and a PhD in Economics from Greenwich University.


Mary Kelly is a joy to work with. She is attentive, quick to respond and an absolute professional. Her topics are applicable and her delivery method refreshing. I’d highly recommend her as a speaker to any organization! - Colorado Association of Realtors

Mary fits into my favorite category of speaker. She’s both educational and entertaining. She delivers relevant and practical information with an engaging and humorous style. And a bonus for meeting planners, Mary does her homework, always knows her audience, and is a dream to work with.- Texas Municpal League TML

Mary is a TEN out of TEN! - State Farm

Other clients include: Medical Group Management Association, Papa Johns, Edward Jones, and Qudoba Mexican Eats.



Dallas, Texas




I specialize in leadership development, communication and teamwork, business growth and economics.

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