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Kelly Merbler



Leadership Development

Building Culture

Employee Engagement & Retention

Servant Leadership

Leading Teams

Women in Leadership

Gallup-certified Strengths Coach


Cracking the Culture Code

Finders Keepers: Winning the Talent Challenge

Fire the Inner Boss: Unleash the Brilliance of Your Frontline Leaders

Burnt Out to Fired Up: Build a Culture that Sparks Greatness 

Keynote & Workshop Topics

Video Experience




Kelly Merbler is an award-winning keynote speaker, executive coach, and the founding principal of The Kelly Merbler Company, a consulting firm specializing in strengths-based employee engagement and retention programs, leadership development, and culture building.


Kelly believes everyone has the ability to be an inspired and transformational leader who empowers others to rise to their greatest potential. She sparks organizations, leaders, and teams to find their passion and purpose by operating in their strengths, leading to more fulfilling personal and professional lives. 

Twenty-one years as a regional executive with a global staffing organization taught Kelly that the secret to success is not just hiring the right talent but activating that talent by identifying what people do best and aligning them in the right role for maximum impact. 


Following the loss of her mother to dementia in 2014, Kelly discovered her passion for helping others discover their purpose when she attended a leadership conference where her now-mentor, Dr. John C. Maxwell, was the keynote speaker. Since then, she has become a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach and faculty member for Maxwell Leadership.


Kelly’s client list includes JUKG, Memorial Healthcare System, Texas Payroll Association, Waste Management, The Ritz-Carlton, Converse, Chen-Med, and HR Florida among many others.


Kelly received her undergraduate degree in Business and Corporate Communications from the University of Central Florida and lives in South Florida with her husband and two teenage boys. 


"Kelly was our "virtual" keynote speaker at a WM inclusion, equity, and diversity event. Her presentation, "The Power Within," was absolutely spot-on with our focus on professional development! We received a tremendous amount of positive feedback from our employees and it was very clear that her presentation resonated very well with them. She tailored her presentation to fit exactly the focus of our group. I wholeheartedly recommend Kelly Merbler to any organization looking for a dynamic, relatable, personable speaker that will energize your group."

Dina H., Waste Management

“It is my pleasure to recommend Kelly Merbler since she is an amazing speaker, leader, and coach. Her enthusiasm is completely contagious. She acts as a courageous pioneer, setting an example for all of us on how to do what you love and love what you do.”

Donna D., ShipMonk

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