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GenXYZ 2023 — Kelly O’Donnell

They’re uncommon achievers, whether as entrepreneurs, CEOs, nonprofit leaders, visionaries critical to their companies’ success or, in some cases, all of those roles. This year’s Top 25 Young Professionals figure to continue making a difference professionally and in their communities for years to come.

Read on to learn about the 2023 Top 25 Young Professionals and to see the list of this year’s top 50 finalists.

READ: GenXYZ 2023 — Top 25

Kelly O’Donnell, 34

National Business Banking Merchant Sales Leader, KeyBank | Denver

As KeyBank’s first National Business Banking Merchant Sales Leader, Kelly O’Donnell has helped build out the Business Banking Merchant Sales team, playbook, incentives, goals and more. O’Donnell leads a team spanning 21 states, and has helped pave a successful strategic plan within each market. She took a team that partnered with branches and business bankers across the bank’s coverage area and built a high-performing team focused solely on partnering with business bankers and working with business banking clients.

A top-performing salesperson, O’Donnell jumped into leadership three years ago. She was very thoughtful in her approach and quickly adapted to the world of leadership. She has now led two different high-performing teams and continues to help KeyBank evolve as a merchant sales organization. Leading a team of 18 across 21 states is not an easy task, but it is one that O’Donnell has been able to do successfully while leading different product rollouts and participating in employee groups across KeyBank. 

O’Donnell has helped lead, develop and mentor more than 100 future professionals and leaders across Colorado during her time with KeyBank. Her partnerships and direct supervision have created many leaders across KeyBank and within other businesses. She is involved with Ronald McDonald House charities and in an annual Neighbors Make A Difference Day at The Action Center.