McKenna Reitz is a sought-after TEDx speaker, an award-winning high school AP Psychology teacher with a remarkable 18-year career, and a resilient alopecia warrior. Her journey of transformation and empowerment began with a personal challenge: losing all her hair due to Alopecia. Embracing this life-changing event, McKenna turned her struggle into a source of strength for herself and others facing similar challenges. Her approach is about reframing life’s hurdles into valuable gifts and opportunities, enabling individuals to lead with confidence and purpose.
As an AP Psychology Teacher, McKenna has been honored with numerous accolades, including being named the 'I Make a Difference' teacher twice. This recognition underscores her dedication to fostering growth and understanding among her students. Additionally, her tenure as a Varsity Volleyball Coach for 19 years further highlights her leadership and motivational skills, having earned the Coach of the Year award multiple times.
McKenna's personal life as a mother of two daughters, aged 11 and 8, and a devoted wife adds a rich layer to her professional endeavors. She brings this blend of personal and professional experiences to her speaking engagements, offering relatable and powerful insights.
Her speaking career is marked by significant achievements. She has been a featured speaker for leading organizations such as Cigna, United Way, Lightforce, and GLATA and at prestigious academic institutions like the University of Michigan, University of Toledo, and Hope College Athletics. McKenna’s expertise is not confined to one sector; she is an inspirational force across various domains, assisting teams in excelling amidst challenges and change.
McKenna's impact has been widely recognized in the media. She has been featured in Forbes, Woman’s Day, USA Today, Yahoo! News, U.S. News & World Report, Good Housekeeping, Business Insider, VeryWell, and MindBodyGreen. Her compelling story and insights have also been showcased on Good Morning America, The Jennifer Hudson Show, Good Day DC, Good Morning Washington, and Cheddar News.
As a speaker, McKenna specializes in key topics that resonate with a wide audience. Her keynote titles like "Elevate Your Leadership Brand" and "Finding Your Purpose" reflect her deep understanding of personal development and leadership. These themes are not just theoretical for her; they are lived experiences she shares with authenticity and passion. McKenna is more than a speaker and educator; she is a source of inspiration and a catalyst for change. Through her speaking engagements, teaching, and coaching, she continues to empower and inspire, demonstrating that life’s challenges, when embraced, can become powerful opportunities for growth and transformation.
EMBRACING LOSS + FAILURE: THE PATH TO TRUE SUCCESS
Drawing from personal experiences, inspiring anecdotes, andextensive research, McKenna reveals how loss and failure cancatalyze growth and ultimate success. Through engagingstorytelling and interactive exercises, participants will explore themindset shifts required to harness failure as a stepping stonetoward achieving their goals.
ELEVATE YOUR LEADERSHIP BRAND
Developing your leadership brand requires time, effort, andcommitment to take action consistently. It requires. a firmresolve to be known for your mission, values, and purpose andan action plan to translate your vision into reality -- a reality thatreflects your reputation and credibility.
FINDING YOUR PURPOSE
In the "Finding Your Purpose" keynote, McKenna Reitz shares her inspiring journey as an educator, coach, alopecia warrior, and mother, illustrating how life's challenges can lead to discovering one's true purpose. She combines personal anecdotes with practical advice, empowering the audience to identify and embrace their unique purpose through self-reflection, resilience, and the integration of personal and professional experiences.
Award-winning and best-selling author and global executive with deep experience in inclusion
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