Mary Kelly: An Officer and a Gentlewoman

When your titles are longer than your name, you know you are a force to be reckoned with. Case in point: Mary Kelly, PhD, CSP, CDR, US Navy (Ret).

Mary isn’t your typical leadership consultant. She leads by example; a 21 year officer in the Navy, recently retired as Commander, she has trained over 40,000 military and civilian personnel around the world. She is an award winning and best selling author of many books, including Master Your World, 15 Ways to Grow Your Business in any Economy, and Money Smart; 360 Degrees of Leadership, Stop the Barking, and In Case of Emergency Break Glass. She is a professional speaker, and has earned the designation of Certified Speaking Professional from the National Speakers Association. She is a university professor with a PhD in Economics, and teaches at the US Air Force Academy, where she was recognized as Instructor of the Year.

One of my favorite images - the five, all-powerful Marys!

One of my favorite images – the five, all-powerful Marys!

The list of her accomplishments goes on, but I’ll stop there from sheer exhaustion!

However, if you’re imagining that Mary is something like George C. Scott in heels, you’d be in for a big surprise. She counters her intense work ethic, dedication, and drive with her charm, kindness and sense of humor.

In short, she’s someone you’d want on your team. On this episode, she is exactly that – openly sharing her advice and expertise to help us all succeed.


Her latest book, Why Leaders Fail – and the 7 Prescriptions for Success”, delves deep into the surprisingly common mistakes managers, CEOs, and supervisors unknowingly make that derail their successes. The book comes with a bonus of over $700 worth of select business and leadership extras from some of the top names in the business! 

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Finally, here’s that now famous bathtub picture from one of our all-too-serious Mastermind meetings!

The Fantastic Five: Jill Schiefelbein, David Newman, Mary Kelly, Nick Night and (not pictured) Laurie Guest

The Fantastic Five: Jill Schiefelbein, David Newman, Mary Kelly, Nick Night and (not pictured) Laurie Guest


About Author: Nick Night
Nick Night is CEO and Co-Founder of Revizzit, the platform for Connected Online Learning products. After experiencing difficulties with piracy, unauthorized sharing, and ineffective digital distribution methods, Nick was inspired to build the platform that would finally allow creators and entrepreneurs to have a viable, flexible, and most importantly, profitable way to sell enhanced e-books, videos, e-courses and software. As a milestone toward that goal, Revizzit was recently named one of the top 100 companies in the digital content industry. Nick also consults on digital product strategies for many top business leaders, industry experts, and hall of fame speakers, and is the author of the book, Synced: Supercharge Your Business With The Power Of Connected Products. As a software developer and entrepreneur, Nick Night has created unique digital products for niche audiences, including his renowned BeatNik line of ukulele software products. Formerly, Nick was an executive in television animation and online games - and if you Google “Nicholas Night and Kinga”, you'll also discover that he was once a world famous magician, appearing with his wife, Kinga, on stage and television in over 30 countries.

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