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Kelly McDonald , Marketing Speaker
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Kelly McDonald

    • Consumer Trends, Marketing, and Customer Experience Expert
    • Founder McDonald Marketing - Twice Named Top Agency by Advertising Age
    • Selling to People Not Like You
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How to Work With & Lead People Not Like You – Preview Video 720p

How to Work With & Lead People Not Like You – Preview Video 720p

Key Macro Trends You Need To Leverage Now

Key Macro Trends You Need To Leverage Now

Crafting the Customer Experience for People Not Like You - Kelly McDonald

Crafting the Customer Experience for People Not Like You - Kelly McDonald

Kelly McDonald Speaker Biography

Kelly McDonald is considered one of the nation’s top experts in diversity & inclusion, leadership, marketing, customer experience, and consumer trends.  She is the founder of McDonald Marketing, which has twice been named one of the “Top Ad Agencies in the U.S.” by Advertising Age magazine and ranked as one of the fastest-growing independently-owned companies in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine.

Her client experience includes brands such as Toyota, Chubb, NASA, Kimberly-Clark, Nike, Harley-Davidson, Miller-Coors, and Sherwin-Williams.

Kelly was named one of the “10 Most Booked Speakers in the U.S.” and ranked #1 on the list of “25 Hot Speakers” by Successful Meetings Magazine.

She has been featured on CNBC, in Forbes, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company, on CNNMoney.com, and more.

She is the author of four bestselling books on diversity & inclusion, marketing, the customer experience, and leadership.

Her latest, “It’s Time to Talk about Race at Work:  Every Leader’s Guide to Making Progress on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion” debuted as the #1 Bestselling Business Book in the U.S.

Kelly lives in Denver and when she’s not on the road speaking, she enjoys boxing (yes, boxing, not kickboxing) – and shopping for high heels.

To book marketing speaker Kelly McDonald, call Executive Speakers Bureau 901-754-9404.

How to Wow, Work With & Win Customers NOW

Right now, your customers need you more than ever. But not in the usual way. What your customers want and expect from you now is radically different because we’ve changed the way we work in some fundamental ways.  Now, more than ever, you must differentiate yourself and your company on the experience that your customers have, rather than simply the products and services you offer.

You now have a unique opportunity to “wow” your customers, by demonstrating that you have their back and that you’re here to help and serve them as they navigate whatever is around the next corner.

You can work with your customers in new ways by being “quietly helpful”.   The work you do now, in this way, will position you for the WIN:  how you, your company, brand, people, and products will be seen long-term, not just when times are difficult or uncertain.

In this session, you’ll learn new approaches and mindsets that will make you better, smarter, and more effective in serving your customers – and you’ll cement the bond for increased sales and loyalty.

This session will cover:

• How to address the concerns your customers have right NOW – and how you can tie those into exceptional sales and customer service

• How to stay visible without spamming your customers

• 5 low-cost, no-cost action items that you can apply immediately

• What to do – and NOT do – when things go wrong

• Consumer trends and insights to leverage to grow business now

It’s Time to Talk About Race at Work:
How to Make Progress on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Corporate America is not very diverse; we're a long way off from having equal representation of people of color in many organizations, especially in key executive and leadership positions. Many leaders want to create change but don't know-how.  How do you know where your blind spots are that can create obstacles for diverse talent?

And how do you address the issues and comments that come up when employees feel nervous, resentful, or uncomfortable as you make headway on diversity, equity, and inclusion in your organization? 

Your intentions may be sincere and heartfelt, but intentions aren't enough.  If you don't know how you come across to others and you don't know how to build bridges, people can be offended, jobs can be lost, and lawsuits can be filed.  This session (and the book) does not approach this from the standpoint of social activism, political ideology, or an HR perspective. This is the roadmap for how businesspeople can successfully create a fair and equitable workplace, one that recognizes diverse talent and fosters productive and constructive conversations across different perspectives that make business better - for everyone.

Not a bunch of theories, this session provides specific, actionable, no-cost tactics that you can implement immediately.  When it comes to talking about race at work, attendees will move from “uncomfortable and unsure” to “confident and empowered”, using proven tools that get real results.  And that’s the language everyone values. 

This session will illuminate:
• The well-intended things people say that are hurtful or offensive to others
• The excuses people use to avoid doing anything about diversity
• Why your diversity & inclusion efforts haven’t done the job

You’ll learn:
• How to talk about race in helpful and positive ways:  do’s & don’ts
• Answers to tough employee questions or racist remarks
• Where to start when you don’t know where to start – an 8-step framework that will show you, step-by-step, how to become a more diverse and inclusive company, department, or team.  
• How to effectively recruit, interview, and support diverse candidates 
• How to build business relationships with people who are different from you
• For leaders, how to set the example, reduce tokenism, and deal with naysayers and derailers.  How to avoid “Launch & Abandon” with your diversity efforts.

How to Work With & Lead People Not Like You

We all know that a diverse workforce leads to better decisions and solutions - it has been proven to grow business and profits.

But when the person in the next cube or office is different from you, friction can arise. Different people may not see eye-to-eye on an issue. They may have vastly different approaches to work. Their communication styles may be very different. Their comfort in working with technology may be miles apart. They may see work as a formal environment or one that is casual.They may even have different reasons and motivations for working in the first place. Cultural backgrounds and norms can differ. Even men and women can see situations differently. How do you work alongside someone who may be quite different from you, respect those differences and be effective in your role?

And what about leading a diverse team? Leaders face daily the challenges of inspiring, communicating and executing strategy with their teams. Now imagine the challenges of leading teams that may be incredibly diverse! How does one motivate and lead groups of people who come from different backgrounds? How do you do that when people are motivated by different values and view the world and work through different lenses?

This session will cover the many ways we can be different from one another and how those differences manifest themselves in work situations. It will show how employees can succeed in today's diverse workplace without losing their minds or becoming frustrated by approaches to work that may differ from theirs. For those in leadership positions or those who aspire to manage and lead others, this session will identify key ways in which you can effectively communicate, guide, and lead associates and colleagues who are not like you.

Whether you're working with internal associates or external clients and customers, it's imperative that you know what motivates people - and what doesn't. Leadership isn't about seniority or position - it's about influence, forming connections and building trust. It's the ability to move the business forward.

Regardless of gender, age, life stage, race, ethnicity or even communication preferences, you'll learn to create a deep, values-based connection between you and your associates, clients, and prospect.

How to Market & Sell to People Not Like You

Our marketing environment has become more complex, and consumers have become more sophisticated. Diversity marketing is the new norm, and this doesn't simply mean racial diversity. Diversity comes in many forms: gender, race, age, life stage, language preference, sexuality, and hobbies or special interests are all ways in which people's differences are recognized.

By recognizing these differences and tailoring your product, message or marketing efforts to reflect consumers' uniqueness, you are validating the importance of a consumer group. It may be counterintuitive to focus on differences rather than similarities, but this can really stretch your marketing muscles and bring incremental results.


  • Learn about the hottest new market segments and how they're shaping culture.
  • Learn the key emotional drivers for important target segments and how your business can leverage those in marketing messages.
  • Learn which group represents the largest opportunity for your business right now and which group will be your greatest opportunity tomorrow.
  • Specific strategies and tactics will be discussed for identifying your high-potential prospects and reaching them effectively.

Crafting the Customer Experience for People Not Like You: How to Delight & Engage the Customers Your Competitors Don't Understand


Deliver a better business experience, for every kind of customer.

This session will show how companies, brands and products struggling to differentiate themselves in a sea of sameness can foster long-term loyalty and brand preference with exceptional and customized customer service.

A "one-size fits all" approach to customer service is no longer viable. Businesses competing on service need to understand and cater to customers' racial, ethnic, religious, generational, lifestyle and geographic differences in order to meet or exceed customers' service expectations.

Core customer groups will be covered, including women, the five generations (Matures, Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y and Gen Z), racial and ethnic segments, such as Hispanics, Asians and African-Americans, as well as those who are defined by key lifestyle and life-stage attributes. Includes consumer insights that will help you deliver a better business experience for every customer.

You cannot control the economy, the stock market or the costs of goods and labor. But you can control your organization's customer experience. It's an empowering thought. Customer service is 100% in your control at all times and it's more important than ever in today's competitive business environment.

And terrific customer service doesn't have to break the bank: it's about understanding your customer's values and catering to their priorities. 


  • Learn the latest techniques that innovative companies are using today to train their staff to deliver exceptional customer service.
  • Best practices among leading companies and brands will be reviewed.
  • Learn how to listen for what a customer wants, not just what he/she may ask for.
  • Learn key insights into delivering terrific customer service to the Hispanic customer.
  • Specific strategies and tactics will be discussed as well as Do's and Don'ts.

Other Speaker Topics:

Working within Franchise Teams
Why Do I Have to be Politically Correct?
Six Consumer Trends You Need to Leverage Right Now
Finding Future Hires in a Gig Economy:  How to Recruit, Train & Retain Young Talent Now
The New Demographics & How They Affect Your Business, Today & Tomorrow
Marketing & Selling to Women:  How to Win the Hearts and Reach the Wallets of Today’s Modern Woman
Come Together:  How to Work with Someone Much Older or Younger than You
Disaster Recovery & Crisis Management Using Social Media
Social Media & Marketing: How to use It to Grow Business in a Low-Cost/No-Cost Manner
Tips & Tricks for Taking Social Media to the Next Level
Marketing 101:  the Essentials of Advertising & Marketing and How to Implement Them
How to Connect with Others, Regardless of Age, Wage or Lifestage
How to Be a Culturally-Ready, Culturally-Friendly Employer:  Insights Into Your Diverse Workforce
Relating, Not Translating:  How to Market to U.S. Hispanics

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January 28, 2021

Kelly is the ultimate professional and just right on it! Also bonus- her camera is great and background it awesome (important in the virtual world)!

Signia USA

January 28, 2021


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