Motivational Speaking for Businesses
“Your ability to engage the audience caused them to look introspectively and evaluate ways to improve their ability to influence and impact. I found your presentation to our top female leaders to be thought provoking, easy to put into practice and convincing in terms of the potential to change their lives. As a female executive, I did not discover valuable resources such as you which could have assisted me greatly as I was developing and growing as a leader. I would like to thank you again for engaging with our women and leaving them with some very insightful leadership practices to help them grow.”
“Thank you all so very much for the program last week. We truly feel that it was a huge success. Mary, your presentation was wonderful, and really resonated with everyone in the room. The program Mary presented as part of our Working Women in Baseball, “Keys to Success: Advancing Your Career,” was a huge success. Mary was able to educate and inspire everyone in the room, and we all walked away with newfound energy and optimism about advancing our careers, as well as with a higher level of professional self-awareness and respect for our colleagues.
Vice President, Development
"Mary has a keen ability to lead and deliver high quality strategic workshops and seminars with CEOs and other executives. She combines process with intuitive and intelligent insights to facilitate productive events with high value."
Bernie Borges, President
Find and Convert
“I want to compliment you on the keynote address you gave to the top 100 Ericsson managers in North America. Your talk was inspiring, engaged the audience and helped us to better understand the importance of right focus, right people and right execution”
Angel Ruiz, President & CEO
Ericsson North America
“Mary is a dynamic and engaging speaker. Her warmth, humor, and depth of knowledge really made her keynote a winner. She made us look terrific at our largest customer conference of the year.
Sandy McMahon, President
Executive Forums of Silicon Valley
“Your talk was very well received which I can attest to because of the feedback we received by many of those in attendance. Your clever, witty and animated presentation was just right to follow a somewhat prolonged dinner. Thank you for being a great keynote speaker.”
William Z. McLear III, MD
Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs
“This was our largest conference -- your presentation provided valuable insights that our clients can put to good use -- you did a great job!"
Mark E. Dorn, President
DORN Technology Group, Inc.
“Not only did our management team enjoy the learning, but they really embraced the whole program. I’ve been doing these annual manager meetings for over 10 years with outside help. Never before did I see the management team give anyone a standing ovation.”
Pete DeSoto, President
Metal Industries Inc.
Mary Key, Ph.D., Speaker
In addition to her writing and consulting work at Key Associates, Dr. Mary Key is a sought after professional keynote speaker. As a motivational speaker for business, she has brought her messages on how we all can learn to be entrepreneurial leaders in our own lives and find balance as well as fulfillment to thousands of people annually. She has been the motivational keynote speaker at industry conventions, association meetings, and management seminars. Among Key Associates’ speaking clients are some of the largest public and private companies in the United States, major colleges and universities, non-profits, and charities.
Areas of Expertise:
Decision makers, top leadership, executive leadership teams, anyone in a leadership role or who aspires to be, all associates in an organization
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Leadership and Legacy: What’s the impact of the gift you’ll leave behind?
More than 60% of the CEOs interviewed by Dr. Mary Key in her book, CEO Road Rules: Right Focus, Right People, Right Execution, stated that developing others as leaders and helping them succeed at work and in life has been their most fulfilling career achievement. Some described it as their legacy.
How much thought have you given to defining your legacy? What’s the impact of the gift you’d like to leave behind? In this dynamic and interactive session, you will discover more about what’s purposeful and fulfilling for you as a leader and ways your “legacy” might enfold to align with your values. You’ll also experience “time travel” - a tool that will help you remember what’s been a reoccurring theme in your life so that you can include your insights into your life’s plan.
As a motivational keynote speaker, Dr. Mary Key will share observations, stories and insights from her book as a catalyst to stimulate your thinking and “put feet” on your ideas.
Thanks, I needed that!
A not-so-gentle slap into the realities of truly successful leadership
Sometimes we just need a slap to wake us up. This keynote presentation by Dr. Mary Key wakes people up to the true realities of successful leadership and successful living.
“We’ve been tricked,” she says, “into using the wrong rule book.”
The tragedy of that deception is that many of us are losing the game so badly we can’t even talk about it. Some won’t even know they’re losing until it’s too late. We pulled off the ultimate merger, but our marriage split up or important relationships ended. Our shareholders love us, but our kids don’t call. Our business has never been healthier, but we’ve been sent to three specialists about our stress level.
“This is successful leadership?” challenges Dr. Key. Backed by extensive research and true senior executive stories, Dr. Key takes us step-by-step to a new awareness of how we can literally have it all. She introduces us to new Road Rules that enable us to have the Right Focus, assemble the Right People around us and strategize the Right Execution.
Forget “life balance,” she says, that whole idea is part of the deception. It’s not about “balance”; it’s about being totally and fully “present” -- intellectually, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Her wise insights as a keynote motivational business speaker will prove beyond a doubt that the right blend of purpose, passion, people, plans and performance will lead to a level of peace and prosperity we can barely imagine.
Change: Are you Resilient and Agile?
Practical and effective strategies for responding to continuous or traumatic change for leaders with the duty to formulate winning responses.
How leaders respond to change is the most important factor in determining their success or failure. Yet few business schools teach future leaders what they need to know about change for today’s business climate. In this engaging talk, Dr. Key shares her proven formulas and strategies for responding effectively to both continuous and traumatic change.
It’s no secret that the inability to effectively deal with change is among the biggest reasons executives fail. Hear about strategies and tools that can make you more effective in your work and life.
You’ll learn effective strategies for:
Taking the Hit -- absorbing initial shocks and surprises
Thinking creatively -- developing an array of winning alternatives during a crisis
Activating networks and alliances -- calling upon external support and resources
Executing transformational change -- reinventing yourself, your team and your organization over time while preserving a valued core identity and purpose
High-octane fuel for managers looking for ways to sharpen their leadership skills and achieve measurable results for their enterprises.
“There has never been a time when effective leadership was more difficult or more crucial for business and government leaders than it is right now,” says professional keynote speaker Dr. Mary Key. In this talk, Dr. Key reveals how to make the leap from managing to leading. Based upon her extensive study of the most effective leaders and their practices, Dr. Key will offer practical steps that those in a management position can take to become more effective immediately.
“Even a tiny improvement in leadership skills can produce dramatic results in the business world,” says Dr. Mary Key.
A dynamic and interactive motivational keynote speaker, Dr. Key has helped thousands of new and experienced managers achieve their number one objective: effective leadership. As an experienced manager and international consultant, she shares the secrets to high-octane leadership performance with warmth, humor, and high energy.
The foundation of great achievement is focus. As a keynote motivational business speaker, Dr. Mary Key draws on her recent interviews with the nation’s top CEOs for her book, CEO Road Rules, and shares what she knows about setting the right priorities for explosive business success.
Every executive has experienced the frustration of being forced to set aside a long-term objective to deal with a short-term crisis. In this talk, Dr. Key outlines what she has learned from the nation’s top private-company CEOs about setting the right priorities and enduring until those goals are met.
“These CEO interviews were very revealing,” says Dr, Key. “Some of what managers face at every level is universal and so are a few of the strategies that the most successful executives use to set priorities effectively.”
Along with some not-to-be-missed stories and practical tools, you will learn winning strategies to increase your effectiveness at work and in life.
Right Focus, Right People, and Right Execution
Dr. Key’s careful study of the world’s most effective teams and organizations has revealed some insights into why they outshine the competition.
Would you like to know what makes some work teams champions and others merely average -- or worse? Would you like to know what the market-leading companies know about organizational effectiveness?
In the course of writing her new book, CEO Road Rules, Dr. Key gathered some vital answers to these questions by interviewing CEOs of America’s best privately held companies. As a motivational speaker for business, she shares those insights in this informative talk about winning in all three crucial phases of business success: Right Focus, Right People, and Right Execution. You will also learn more about what creates not only success, but true Significance.
Developing a Genius Level EQ
EQ stands for emotional intelligence and Dr. Mary Key will share some battle-tested techniques for improving your EQ and your results in the workplace.
Participants will learn how EQ is measured and how to use it to attract the “Right People” for their teams and projects.
“High Emotional Intelligence is a greater predictor of success in business than high IQ,” says Dr. Mary Key. “And EQ can be developed.”
This fun, interactive learning session will help you begin the journey to a higher EQ and also help you to better select and hire those who have it.
Creating an Entrepreneurial Culture: A Cat’s View
Using a fun analogy, Dr. Mary Key explores the many lessons cats can teach business people seeking to infuse their organizations with entrepreneurial spirit.
“Many businesses would love to have cultures that celebrate the best attributes of the entrepreneur,” says Dr. Key. “And by following the ways of the cat, they can.”
Drawing from her popular business book The Entrepreneurial Cat: 13 Ways to Transform Your Worklife, Dr. Key will give you practical techniques and strategies for producing a culture that thinks and acts with the best entrepreneurial instincts.
“Mary’s excellent presentation skills and her way of actively involving audience members in her subject matter create an interactive, high-quality learning experience for everyone.“
William C. Taylor
Harvard Health Care Conferences
"As Chairman of the Centre Club Business Committee I want to personally thank you for the outstanding presentation you gave to our audience. Your talk on ”Maximizing Business Performance with the Right Focus" was very well received. Allow me to quote some of the survey results from your talk:
“Mary was great! Very motivating”
“Excellent presentation. Very enlightening!”
“Excellent – this presentation triggered much thought and ultimatelymuch action”
“Excellent role model, great motivational speaker”
You certainly gave me a lot to think about with my own business."
BJ Ryan , Chairman
Centre Club Business Committee
"Mary Key was an energetic, informative, entertaining speaker who received high evaluations from our attendees. She and her staff are delightful to work with. She made everything so easy."