Lois Kelly is a fire starter and possibility hunter

Lois Kelly, co-author of the bestselling "Rebels at Work: A Handbook for Leading Change from Within,"  inspires and teaches people in organizations to see possibilities within their reach – and advocate for change and better ways to work.

For the past 20 years Lois helped some of the most respected companies in the world create new ways to launch products, communicate complicated issues, influence public opinion, deal with crises, go public, adopt innovative business practices, and occasionally try to move mountains.

Her work now is helping organizations create the conditions and habits to thrive and adapt to change -- through workshops, speaking and team coaching.

emerging possibilities and change

Lois co-founded one of the first digital marketing agencies, positioned high-tech companies for IPOs, led Fortune 500 companies into the strategic potential of digital, social and word of mouth marketing, co-created the Rebels at Work movement, and wrote several books along the way.

From what seems like always being on the forefront of introducing new concepts and ways of doing business, Lois has become a student of change, examining what it takes to introduce new ideas, adapt to change, shift perceptions, and build relationships.

She finds meaning in coaching Fortune 500 executives on how to develop their points of view and communicate in ways that tap into their individual strengths and unique points of view. (Authenticity with meat on the bones and no corporate jargon fat.)

Most of all, she finds joy helping organizations create the conditions and habits to thrive and adapt to change, and helping teams achieve more than they ever thought possible by working in new ways and incorporating positive psychology practices into their day-to-day work lives.

Lois' obsession is creating clarity from complexity. She is known for her approach to leading workshops and important offsite meetings that ignite new thinking from the head, heart and gut. (The best ideas always come from people within an organization IF you know how to create the conditions for their voices to be heard.)

Fascinated with important emerging trends Lois recently earned a certificate in Positive Psychology and is integrating this behavioral science into new ways to lead, work and communicate.

Books

Lois is co-author of the best-selling “Rebels at Work: A Handbook for Leading Change.”  She is also the author of the award-winning “Beyond Buzz: The Next Generation Word of Mouth Marketing” and “Naked-Hearted: How Bullshit, Parkinson’s and John Lennon Changed My Life," and "Be the Noodle: 50 Ways to Be a Courageous, Compassionate, Crazy-Good Caregiver."

Tribes

Her two favorite professional tribes are Rebels at Work, which she co-founded with Carmen Medina to encourage and teach people to create positive change in the workplace, and Change Agents Worldwide, of which she is a charter member.

 

Origin Story:  asking questions, finding good stories

I started interviewing and writing at 14 years-old, working for a suburban Boston newspaper. Here I am meeting the late Senator Ted Kennedy. The newspaper owners/editors were extraordinary mentors, teaching me to how to land an interview, ask good questions, write well and fast, pursue oft-beat story ideas, and keep going despite the inevitable obstacles.

I started interviewing and writing at 14 years-old, working for a suburban Boston newspaper. Here I am meeting the late Senator Ted Kennedy. The newspaper owners/editors were extraordinary mentors, teaching me to how to land an interview, ask good questions, write well and fast, pursue oft-beat story ideas, and keep going despite the inevitable obstacles.

Stomping grounds

 Lois lives in Rhode Island, the smallest and perhaps most creative state in the United States.

Why I call Rhode Island home: my backyard.

Why I call Rhode Island home: my backyard.