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“McKenna is a bright light both on and off the stage! She is a real-life example of strength, power, and perseverance.”


I help empower men and women to reframe life challenges to lead with confidence and purpose.

Ready to ignite the fire in your team, company, or community? McKenna knows how to ignite that fire and how to keep it burning long after she’s left the stage.

McKenna is known as an inspirational force for leadership, team building, and extreme performance, helping build world-class teams that succeed time and again in the face of great challenges and change.

LOGISTICS: Headquartered in Toledo, Ohio

TRAVELS from Detroit, Michigan.

AVAILABLE FOR: Keynotes, Corporate Training, Team Training, and Workshop Sessions

EMAIL: mckenna@mckennareitz.com

CALL: 419.344.0371

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Speaking Topics

  • Classroom Catalysts:
    Change Through Leadership and SEL

  • Igniting Transformation:
    Leading with
    Purpose + Impact

  • Cultivating
    a Resilient Culture:
    Empowering Teams
    through Inclusivity, Trust, + Adaptability

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What people are saying about McKenna

"McKenna is a beautiful example of the power of making your mess your message. I was thrilled to share her powerful story in Woman's Day."

Meaghan B Murphy Author Your Fully Charged Life, Editor-in-Chief Woman's Day, Co-Host Off the Gram Podcast

"McKenna is such a force. She wears her own challenges so visibly and beautifully in a way that encourages other people to put themselves out there, to come forward, to speak up, and to go after what they want, no matter what might be holding them back. She encourages you to turn your challenges into your biggest triumphs and to put yourself out there in such a big way, no matter your obstacles because you are worth it."

AMY PORTERFIELD Online Marketing Expert, Author of Two Weeks Notice, Podcast Host

“McKenna drew immense positive feedback and a standing ovation. McKenna’s sharing of personable anecdotes, along with actionable strategies, made a profound impact on conference attendees. She closed our conference with a message, leaving everyone feeling inspired and renewed. Thank you, McKenna!”

KATHY DEMERS Director of Member Development, Buckeye Association of School Administrators

“McKenna is a bright light both on and off the stage! She is a real-life example of strength, power, and perseverance.”

 Author, Co-Founder at Super Connector Media,

“I had the pleasure of collaborating with McKenna during a leadership breakfast at our 2024 National Kickoff meeting. Her session, centered on crafting a personal leadership brand, was truly transformative. The internal teams were captivated by McKenna's inspirational story and dynamic presentation, making her one of our top-rated speakers. McKenna's unique ability to inspire left a lasting impact on our teams.”

SASHA HIBBARD Sr., Director of Marketing, LIGHTFORCE

"McKenna presented at our 2023 Women in Leadership Retreat. What a great way to help individuals reframe their own personal narrative and focus on moving forward, not looking in the rear view mirror. She is engaging and inspiring!"

ANN SERVAIS Cigna Healthcare: Senior Sales Director

"McKenna has a powerful story about grit and the opportunities that exist in the face of adversity. We were also challenged to find our desired brand by discovering our strengths and values. Each of our student athletes left the presentation more equipped to face the challenges of the world while living their lives to make a difference in the lives of others."

KEVIN WOLMA Hope College: Assistant AD for Student Wellness and Compliance

“Coach Reitz insight into sports, players, coaches, and being a strong leader is so passionate that it is hard not to spend time with her and feel driven to be your very best as a person! She has creative ways to connect both players and coaches so that everyone can be on the same page and reach the goals they set together. In one word, Coach Reitz is AMAZING!”

TANDY BRADFORD Lourdes University Women's Basketball Coach

"McKenna is an excellent speaker and I highly recommend her for any organization, school or community event that needs an uplifting voice, and a powerful message of compassion, truth, hope, and love."

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Meet McKenna

McKenna Reitz embodies resilience and transformative leadership, acclaimed for her impactful TEDx talks and a distinguished 18-year career as an award-winning Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology teacher. An alopecia warrior, McKenna transforms personal trials into empowerment, urging others to convert challenges into growth opportunities. Her academic achievements include a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from Hope College and a Master of Educational Technology from the University of Toledo, underscoring her educational and leadership prowess. Celebrated with accolades like Toledo 20 Under 40 and 'I Make a Difference' teacher award, her influence extends beyond the classroom to her role as a varsity volleyball coach, earning her the BCSN Top 20 Coaches of the Past 20 Years recognition multiple 'Coach of the Year' honors.

Her extensive experience in motivational speaking and her impactful work with organizations and universities underscores her ability to inspire diverse audiences with messages of resilience, purpose, and empowerment. McKenna’s insights have graced media outlets like Forbes, Good Morning America, and The Jennifer Hudson Show, amplifying her strength and purposeful leadership narrative. Based in Sylvania, Ohio, with her family, she leverages her life experiences and professional expertise to inspire change and foster a culture of empowerment, proving that adversity can lead to profound personal and professional development.

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