Dr. Desiree` Kelly
Workplace Wellness and Mental Health Advocate
For 10 years, Dr. Desireè Kelly has helped leaders around the state reach their potential.
Dr. Desireè Kelly is the Workforce Strategies and Evaluation Manager at Tennessee Primary Care Association. Over the past 5 years, she has developed mental health resources, mental illness education campaigns, and workplace wellness content to educate over 50,000 adults, teens, and children. Before departing Mental Health America of the MidSouth she launched their Mind the Workplace Wellness Program. Since COVID, she has collaborated with faith based organizations, universities, and many non-profits to advocate “the importance of self care” and “activating circle of supports”.
Dr. Kelly has 27 years of combined experience as a public health speaker, content developer, and facilitator. She specializes in designing and implementing curricula for various generational cohorts surrounding diverse public health topics, mental health education, and self-care management resources.
Dr. Kelly has her certification in Executive Coaching and Volunteer Management. She usually coaches mid level leaders, executives, and entrepreneurs using a blend of holistic and vision centered approaches.
She holds various certifications in suicide prevention, and certifies trainers in QPR and YMHFA. Dr. Kelly has a BS from the University of Memphis, a MS from the University of Central Arkansas, and a DrPH in public health advocacy and leadership from Capella University. In 2020, Dr. Kelly was nominated for the Education Award for Nashville 2020 Women Who Rocks.
Why She Is Your Speaker
"Dr. Kelly provided a Workplace Wellness workshop for the Nashville Repertory Theatre for our very out-of-work artists. Not only did Dr. Kelly take the time to find out what unique challenges artists are facing right now, she modified her presentation to better reflect the life-changing situation that anyone in the entertainment industry is dealing with. Our artists were provided with a basic understanding of what they may be going through mental-healthwise and ways to cope with day to day challenges, they were also given pages and pages of resources for them to seek further help."
Erica Jo Lloyd
"Our teachers were very impressed with your presentation. Many of them needed your message of hope and self-care. While others are talking about how to help our teachers and students with mental health issues, you are doing it. We all love your idea of a mental health day and hope you continue to spread this message throughout the state."
"Our students at GES had the opportunity to hear the Bully presentation and Dr. Kelly was fantastic! She was so relatable to the students, she held their attention, she used their “language” and they truly listened to what she had to share. We will definitely be asking for Dr. Kelly to come back and speak to our students again."
Most Requested Talks
Speak Out: Starting the conversation about Suicide
Mental Health & Stigmas
Stress in the Workplace
COVID 19 & Employees Mental Health
Risky Decisions and Substance Abuse