Kelly (Mittelman) Hager received the honor of being inducted into the Clayton Alumni Hall of Fame.
The Clayton Alumni Hall of Fame was established in conjunction with the celebration of the 100th graduating class from Clayton High School in 2010. The Hall of Fame recognizes and honors the accomplishments of Clayton graduates who continue to bring pride and inspiration to the School District of Clayton, the community and society.
A little bit about Kelly…
A lifelong resident of the St. Louis area, Kelly (Mittelman) Hager (’90) was raised in Clayton, Missouri, where her parents co-owned the well-known family business, Library Ltd. Bookstore.
After graduating with a degree in political science from Maryville University in Missouri, she moved to Los Angeles, CA and even spent time living in Australia. In 2000, St. Louis drew her back to re-establish her roots and start a family.
Kelly held management positions at a handful of local companies, but real estate was always in the background. Her great grandfather, grandfather, and her uncle worked in the real estate industry, and her own parents held investment properties. She accepted her calling in 2005 when she founded The Kelly Hager Group.
As her company gained recognition and Hager established herself as the area’s real estate expert, an unexpected near death experience almost took it all away.
In July 2010, a mysterious illness suddenly caused her to be put into a medically induced coma. When she awoke, she was unable to see, walk, make cognitive decisions, and struggled with memory. After being out of the ICU for just a day, her husband said that he wanted a divorce, and left Kelly to care for their 3-year-old son on her own. Despite the dire circumstances, Kelly battled through extensive physical/occupational therapy and recovered, determined to see past what she had experienced and to focus on what she could make of the future; namely taking care of her son and creating a thriving and unique real estate company.
Motivated by her life’s circumstances and team’s achievements, Kelly launched her second corporation, LiveTeamLife. Her company encompasses international keynote speaking, business consulting, development and is now in production of a new documentary series ARRAS WOMEN, discussing women’s’ initiatives and celebrating the lives of women who have gone from ordinary to extraordinary. 104 documentaries will be filmed across the US, Australia, London and Haiti over the next 24 months. Her desire to build community and push forward through education, resources and empowerment is inspiring. Kelly’s speaking topics include Leadership and Empowerment, Team Development, Overcoming Adversity and Building Community.
Kelly credits her near-death experience with giving her the clarity to enjoy life, family, her profession and giving back. Her ultimate goal is to impact the lives of others. Kelly has also contributed to The Huffington Post and Fox Business news on topics of building business teams, developing business culture, empowering entrepreneurs, and overcoming adversity.
Kelly has received numerous awards and recognition. A few of Kelly’s awards include the Wall Street Journal Real Trends Top 200 of 1,000,000 award in 2016,2015 and Top 250 of 2014, 2014 and 2015 Finalist in the St. Louis Business Journal Best Places to Work, St. Louis Business Journal 5th Highest-Selling Real Estate Team, Cultural Icon Award for three years from Keller Williams, the Athena Award from The Hellenic Spirit Foundation, the Number One Mega Team award from the St. Charles Association of REALTORS®, the BOLD Award, the Quadruple Gold and Triple Gold awards from Keller Williams. Perhaps the crowning achievement, Kelly and her team has received the Award for Excellence for Real Estate Services from real estate mogul and business entrepreneurial expert Barbara Corcoran for three consecutive years.
Never forgetting the importance of giving back, a trait passed down to her from her philanthropic grandmother, Kelly has been extensively involved in the local community and charities, and holds a special passion for helping children with cancer.