Kelly Tyler Byrnes is the Chief Talent Officer/Director of Learning for MRIGlobal. MRIGlobal is an independent, not-for-profit research organization working in energy, health, and defense for government and industry. Kelly is responsible for corporate leadership development, management training, emerging leadership development, succession planning, and other corporate programs.

For the ten years prior to joining MRIGlobal in 2012, Kelly was an entrepreneur who ran a management consulting firm specializing in corporate culture and training. The firm served clients in the financial services, consumer products, health care, marketing, and defense research industries across the United States. Kelly’s career began with the publishing division of the Sprint Corporation, where she worked in operations, marketing, and strategic planning. After more than six years with Sprint Publishing and Advertising, Kelly spent five years with the American Management Association, where she was awarded their prestigious Quality Award twice.

In recent years, Kelly has worked with the Kauffman FastTrac team as a facilitator of their Growth Venture program and has advised other small business owners about their strategic and marketing plans.

In 2010, Kelly captured the All-In mindset of high performance in the book Put Your Whole Self In! Life and Leadership the Hokey Pokey Way. She speaks nationally and writes about how leaders and companies can be All-In to drive performance and results. Her first book, Secrets of Seasoned Professionals, was published in 2008 and serves as an onboarding tool for companies who hire recent college graduates.

Kelly serves the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Bloch School of Management as an adjunct professor of management in the graduate and undergraduate degree programs. She holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Rockhurst University (Kansas City MO) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s College (Notre Dame IN). She also holds the Senior Professional Human Resources certification.