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Mary Choi Kelly, PhD


About Mary

For over two decades, Mary has worked with leaders in global companies and diverse industries helping them develop courage, drive change and build culture.  She has a deep passion for helping leaders and organizations realize their greatest potential in work and life.

Mary has cultivated an extensive portfolio of experience and best practices through senior leadership roles in organizations that include Marriott International, Honeywell International, Mattel Inc., New Century Financial, Pacific Sunwear of California, Bank of America and MGM Resorts International.  In her most recent role at MGM Resorts International, she served as SVP, Talent & Organization Effectiveness where she was responsible for all talent, leadership, organization development and change management processes and initiatives company-wide, impacting over 80,0000 employees.

Additionally, she has led the growth of a global e-commerce company as the head of human resources during the internet startup boom.  She is recognized as a “truth teller” that leaders trust and rely on for practical solutions that deliver business results. Mary is also the co-founder of the Women’s Hospitality Initiative, a Las Vegas-based nonprofit organization, a component fund of Nevada Community Foundation, committed to developing and implementing programs for women to grow and achieve leadership positions.

Mary holds a PhD and MA in Organizational Psychology from Alliant University and a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine.  She is an advisor, author and speaker on The Future of Leadership and Women in Leadership. 

Overview of Services


  • Talent Management strategy and roadmap

  • Organization design and competency design

  • Performance Management process and tools

  • Talent review process and succession planning

  • Career pathing and talent pipeline strategy



  • Leadership assessment

  • Leadership onboarding process

  • Team assessment and development

  • Executive coaching and development

  • Leadership development strategy and program development

  • Diverse leadership pipeline strategy and roadmap



  • Culture assessment and roadmap

  • Employee journey mapping

  • Employee engagement assessment and strategy

  • Integration and Transformation strategy

  • Change management process and tools



  • Leadership Development Programs

  • Speaking Engagements on The Future of Leadership and Women in Leadership

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