Dr. Rob McKenna - Speaker

Named one of the top 30 I-O Psychologists alive today, Dr. McKenna is passionate about developing leaders and about transforming the way we see the people in our organizations. As he will tell you, we have the tools at our fingertips to invest in our people in ways that are meaningful to them and will get the results we need. Thirty years of research has taught us much how people learn and grow on the job. We have what it takes to create rich learning environments for the people we lead, and all we have to do is begin to act on what we know.

Dr. McKenna brings a combination of approachability, authenticity, expert knowledge, and humor to his talks. Whether you are interested in character development, dealing with conflict, creating engaging learning cultures, or developing the next generation of leaders, his approach of getting real about what’s going on in your life and work brings people alongside him in a way that inspires change. The models he uses in his talks are based on decades of research on leadership, team functioning, organizational health, and individual development.


Composed: The Heart & Science of Leading Under Pressure  – Based on his latest book by the same title, Dr. McKenna highlights the power of composure under pressure and the specific strategies you can use to be a better version of yourself when it matters most.

Whole + Intentional Leader Development – There has never been a more important time in history than the present to develop Whole leaders. As leaders or potential leaders, our whole story is personal, sometimes complicated, and oftentimes difficult to tell because our whole and real stories include both our brokenness and our strengths.

Sacrificial Leadership in a Self-Centered World – A counterculture approach to leading in a self-centered world. From his book Dying to Lead: Sacrificial Leadership in a Self-Centered World, Dr. McKenna unpacks sacrificial leadership in a way that prompts leaders to consider the most basic sacrifices for the sake of something bigger than themselves.

“Dr. McKenna is a dynamic speaker who communicates his thought-provoking ideas with passion and clarity. He’s not just knowledgeable about the topics he discusses, but he knows how to add a good dose of humor to the mix. Dr. McKenna is a talented speaker and presenter — a true master of his craft.”

Kent J. Ingle, DMin, President
Southeastern University

“What I appreciate most about Dr. McKenna’s speaking style is his ability to use humorous stories to tie into the points he is trying to convey. He delivers them in a real and engaging manner that we all can relate to and the result is a lasting impression and a desire to hear more. Dr. McKenna speaks from both an academic and real world perspective providing additional credibility to his subject matter.”

Jeff Smiley, Regional Director


“Rob McKenna’s talks reflect a great grasp of today’s business, and a fresh and powerful perspective on how leaders can be developed, at a time when this does not seem to be on many corporations agendas. Provocative and powerful.”

John Brewer, Managing Director

eCommerce & Distribution

Alaska Airlines

“Dr. Mckenna is a dynamic and engaging speaker who pushes normal conventions with new and thought-provoking ideas.  His conversational style, mixed with humor, leaves his audiences wanting more and often begins a conversation, pushing people to ask the really hard questions.  His authentic approach is refreshing.”

Greg HunterPresident/Global Client Lead


“Dr. Rob’s unique approach to thought patterns shakes the listener out of commonly accepted modalities. He invites you to sketch on the whiteboard with him while challenging his audiences to reconsider the very assumption platforms from which the dialogue is engaged. If you are comfortable with chaos uniquely leading to a deeper understanding of the subject, engage with Dr. McKenna. You’ll be better for it.”

Matt Woll, Executive Pastor

Rain City Church