Prestigious Women Awards Honorees: Kelly Merbler

Kelly Merbler is the founding Principal of The Kelly Merbler Company, LLC which is a leadership consulting firm based in South Florida specializing in Strengths-Based employee engagement programs, executive coaching, keynote speaking and leadership development programs. She works with a variety of senior leaders and corporate clients such as Converse/Nike, NextEra Energy, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, Hotwire Communications, Tenet Health, City Furniture, etc.

Favorite quote: “Go after what gives you goosebumps.” — Kelly Merbler

Fun fact: I began producing humorous ‘closet confessions’ for LinkedIn during the COVID-19 pandemic, which spotlights many of the real (and funny) challenges we all can relate to from being stuck at home.

How do you unwind after a long day of work? Anything to do with horses!

What challenges have you faced in your career, and how did you overcome them? The greatest challenge was launching my own leadership consulting company three years ago after making the difficult decision to leave my corporate job where I had spent twenty-one years as a regional executive with a global staffing organization.

What has been the most monumental moment of your career thus far? Being mentored by Dr. John Maxwell; travelling to Paraguay with John to create leadership change in their country.

Who are your role models? Dr. John Maxwell, Sara Blakely

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten? “Love The Journey”

What advice would you give a young woman at the start of her career? Surround yourself with people that are smarter and more successful than you.

How has being a woman impacted your career? I have never focused on being a female, but rather always doing my best to succeed in whatever goal I have established.


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