Having dramatically transformed her own life, Jennifer McKenna (a.k.a. JMac) has been empowering both individuals and business leaders to seize their highest potential for the last 15 years. Guided by universal principles, the JMac methodology provides a straightforward approach to conquering lifelong beliefs that hold a person back from creating his or her best self and living the life each person longs to experience. Exceptional Leadership is not limited to the workplace - though it is an essential component for a thriving organization or business. Each individual must first become a leader in his or her own life by learning how to master the art of becoming one's most authentic self.
I have known and worked with Jennifer for almost two decades. In fact, I hired her to build and lead part of my business several years ago. Jennifer has great strength and the capacity in working with individuals and large groups to assess intended goals, identify known or unknown issue,s and uncover barriers that prevent growth, expansion and desired success. Unlike other coaches or strategic consultants, Jennifer possesses tremendous human empathy, allowing leaders and teams to see disconnects, find common ground and come together to grow to greater places. That's not as common as it should be in corporate and nonprofit worlds. I highly recommend engaging Jennifer to reach higher levels that you can't get to alone.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 90 minutes
What to Expect
The name of the JMac game is Change. Not the type of change that is inevitable. Those changes happen to us. Jennifer's gift is to help you and your audience understand why you have never been able to proactively make the changes you desire, much less sustain them.
Having been graced with a personality much larger than her 4'10" frame, Jennifer is a bold motivational speaker who will humble you with the transparency of her own story while inspiring you to take your life to the next level - as you envision it to be.
One of the most common challenges Jennifer sees in her clients is the lack of clarity about what they hope their life to be. She finds that the most difficult question she asks is, "What do you want?" Rarely does she encounter a client that can provide a definitive answer. Likewise, nearly everyone can articulate in great detail what they don't want.
This is because most people are living a passive life, allowing the circumstances to dictate the outcome.
If you were to hire Jennifer to speak to your audience, she would first ask you why. Loaded with innumerable stories, angles and tools, she wants to understand the purpose of the event in order to customize her message appropriately. Jennifer will be driven to ensure that attendees leave with a deep desire to make a new, profound decision about the direction of their life, behavior and attitude.
As a motivational speaker, Jennifer derives her message from her own authenticity. Though she may retell the same stories, no two speeches are ever alike. The best approach to working with Jennifer is to have a candid conversation with her in preparation of the speech. Open up to her about what you absolutely want, what you absolutely don't want and what you don't know at all. Jennifer loves collaboration and believes that your knowledge + her wisdom = exceptional results.
Twenty years ago Jennifer (a.k.a. ‘JMac’) was a young non-profit executive, ready to set the world on fire with her passion for doing good. Armed with a strong set of leadership skills she had acquired from mentors, Jennifer holistically transformed an entire fundraising platform.
Though the organization began to thrive, Jennifer’s body weakened. What eventually became bigger than her ambition was her inability to function. Working 90+ hour weeks for an extended period finally caught up. It didn’t matter that she loved what she was doing.
It turned out, she was confusing love for an addiction.
From the moment she was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in the late 90s, Jennifer was determined to avoid a life of pharmaceutical dependency – even though that was the only option she was given. Eighteen months later she weened herself off the prescription drugs by leveraging her newfound knowledge about universal principles (which she likens to the physics of our thoughts) and the mind-body connection.
Today she is 15 years into a career as a Change Consultant and Transformational Coach. Fibromyalgia was only the initial excuse for massive change. Jennifer also experienced divorce, breast cancer and the resultant financial ruin. A former smoker, Jennifer now looks forward to starting every day with an exercise regimen she never dreamed she could handle.
As a single, self-employed mother of two teenagers, a dog and a cat, Jennifer still understands the stressors of adult life. What she shares is a fresh, energizing perspective and the tools to create a life of joy, strength, courage and fulfillment.
Now passionate about the increasing need for more conscious business leaders, Jennifer is on a new mission: to motivate leaders to take bold, positive action in a direction that leads the world to new heights.
Having helped one business increase their revenues by over 350% in three years while supporting the launch of a new sustainable food product, Jennifer has also facilitated national panel discussions containing highly sensitive, confidential subject matter. She is called on to both prevent crisis and intervene when it hits.
Without her high heels, Jennifer stands at 4'10" tall; yet she has been lovingly nicknamed "The Heavy" by one client. As they say, looks are deceiving. If you seek a speaker who will move your audience to tears and roars of laughter, but most importantly, motivate them to take new steps toward an awesome goal, Jennifer is for you.
"Though she be but little, she is fierce." - Shakespeare
Additional Booking Notes
Regardless of the amount of attendees or the size of the room, creating a sense of intimacy is key. This often includes the use of a lavaliere microphone, a projector and screen(s). Allowing everyone in the audience to see Jennifer's facial expressions as she's speaking enhances their experience. Depending on the environment, special lighting or a spotlight may be necessary to ensure this.
Intimacy is key, and so is mobility. Jennifer is a lively speaker who adapts easily to any environment. If the room and audience warrant a large stage, she simply requests a barstool and glass of water.
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