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Do you have a group of driven, high-performing women?  Book Laura to speak at your next event for women’s empowerment, leadership, or women’s wellness!  

Empowering Driven, High-Performing Women to Transform Exhaustion into Energy

Laura McKenna, M.Ed., FDN-P

Laura McKenna is a dynamic and high energy presenter who provides compelling presentations for high-performing women who are exhausted and burned out.

Her talks provide practical inspiration to empower high-performing women to experience exuberant, optimal energy, feel fully present, be optimally productive, accomplish goals, and truly enjoy life.  Audiences leave empowered and uplifted with clear strategies to make a difference immediately for energized living and working.

A West Point graduate, former Army Officer and Afghanistan Veteran, Laura has over 20 years of experience leading high-performing people and organizations, teaching, coaching, and speaking. Laura transitioned from the military after teaching at West Point. 

An award-winning educator, Laura is now a Health Detective, inspirational speaker, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, and Clarity Coach.  Known for her warmth, vibrant energy, transparency and ability to create emotional safety, Laura connects with and uplifts others, is naturally inclusive, creates community, and inspires joy and alignment.  

Book Laura to speak at your next event!  Laura’s warm, engaging, intelligent style connects deeply with driven, high-performing women.  She provides life-changing inspiration and action steps that you don’t want to miss!  

Speaking Topics Available:

Signature Leadership Talks

We know that great leaders inspire respect and loyalty while creating outcomes and accomplishing goals.  But how does a leader do both? 

Leadership isn’t about simply managing performance, it’s about empowering alignment and creating an environment in which team members can do their best work.

In this compelling discussion, Laura provides an insightful look into what leadership really is.  You will learn practical steps for achieving your leadership potential and creating team member alignment so that your team can do their best work and create the best outcomes.  You will leave with a new perspective on how to lead effectively!

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Elite athletes don’t eat crap, skip sleep, and beat their bodies up…and then expect to be able to perform.  

As a leader, you need to be at your best.  And yet, our culture has this ridiculous notion that we can abuse our bodies and still be at the top of our game as leaders.  

Our culture has this absurd idea that we can get a pedicure, call it “self-care,” and still perform optimally.  

Self-care isn’t a thing you do occasionally.  Everything you choose, every minute of the day, every day of the week, is either self-care or self-harm.  

For leaders who want to be at your best, self-care is a habit and a mindset.  

In this talk, Laura provides deeply emotional and paradigm-shifting insight into why leaders need self-care, and how leaders can take better care of themselves all day, every day.  

You will leave with a new way of thinking about self-care, and practical actions you can take immediately to take better care of yourself, so that you can take better care of those whom you’ve been called to lead.

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Is it possible to lead a “balanced” life while in a leadership position?  You’re expected to be always on, right?  Leaders check email while on PTO, and respond immediately to all inquiries whether they are urgent or not, right?  

For the leader who is truly inspired to serve and support your team, you want to be available and present.  

But what if I told you that being “on” all the time, even as a leader, not only hurts you, but also hurts your team?  

The best leaders are the ones who have clear boundaries, respect their work AND personal priorities, and encourage others to do the same.  

In this discussion, Laura will share the common pitfalls that wreck the lives, performance, and effectiveness of servant leaders.  You’ll leave with a deeper understanding of why boundaries and balance are necessary components of effective leadership, and with practical steps for creating a leadership culture that supports health, productivity, performance, and happiness for both you AND your team.

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Experts tell us that chronic stress is the root cause of medical illness, divorce, murder hornets, and pretty much anything we would categorize as bad.  

And yet, without stress and struggle, we’d never learn, grow, or achieve our full potential.  

So how do we discern which stress is the illness-and-murder-hornets-inducing kind and which stress is the challenging, invigorating, growth-inducing kind? 

And more importantly, what steps can we take as leaders to protect our teams from the kind of stress that is dysfunctional and harmful and foster learning, growth, and optimal outcomes?  

In this discussion about how great leaders overcome toxic, harmful stress to create optimally functioning teams, Laura describes what stress really is, how to tell the difference between good stress and bad stress, and how to create a space in which your team members can perform optimally.  

You will leave with a deeper understanding of what stress is and how it impacts you and your team, and you’ll learn practical ways to foster an environment in which good stress contributes to goal achievement.

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Signature Women’s Empowerment & Wellness Talks

You know that you can’t just keep missing your life.  You know that you can’t just keep on keeping on, telling yourself to keep grinding, that the grind will eventually pay off and create change in your life.  

You know it doesn’t actually work that way: you don’t work yourself to death so that you can rest.  

You live rested so that you can do great work.  

You live rested so that you can experience actual JOY.  

The science is there – healthy rest and healthy sleep have so many physiological and psychological benefits.  When you are well-rested, you’re better at literally everything you do.

Most of us know this.  And yet, we don’t make rest a priority.  We see it as an obstacle or another task on our to-do list, rather than an enabler, a super-power activating elixir of awesomeness that empowers us to experience joy, feel fully present, and do great work.  

In this deeply emotional, insightful discussion about empowering purpose, Laura shares the reasons why women don’t make rest a priority, and practical steps to take RIGHT NOW to beat burnout, experience exuberant energy, feel genuine joy, and achieve your potential.

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There are myths that our culture perpetuates: 

We’re told that “self-care” is a thing we do occasionally, and usually involves getting a pedicure.  

We’re told that achieving “work-life balance” is possible if we only give up a, b, or c and do x, y, and z.  

These are false.  

Everything we choose is either self-care or self-harm.  There is no “Self-Care Saturday,” unless you only eat, sleep, drink water, spend time with friends, pray, exercise, engage in self-talk and pet your dog on Saturdays.  

The “balance” between life and work isn’t achievable – because your work is PART OF YOUR LIFE, not something you do apart from or in opposition to your life.  

In her talk on transforming from exhausted and burned out to energized and aligned, Laura debunks these common myths that keep you from experiencing joy and achieving your potential.  

You will leave with a new perspective on what self-care and balance really are.  You’ll receive practical, empowering action steps that you can take right away to beat burnout, improve your energy, and live with purpose!

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Experts tell us that chronic stress is the root cause of medical illness, divorce, murder hornets, and pretty much anything we would categorize as bad.  

And yet, without stress and struggle, we’d never learn, grow, or achieve our full potential.  

So how do we discern which stress is the illness-and-murder-hornets-inducing kind and which stress is the challenging, invigorating, growth-inducing kind?  

And more importantly, what steps can we take to avoid the kind of stress that is dysfunctional and harmful, and instead foster learning, growth, and optimal energy?  

In this discussion, Laura shares how high-performing women can overcome toxic, harmful stress to beat burnout and create an optimally energetic, joyful life.  You’ll leave with a deeper understanding of what stress really is, how to tell the difference between good stress and bad stress, how to let go of your struggle identity, and how to create the life you really want.

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Do you dream of being able to feel awake, present, and focused, but you’re struggling with feeling tired and drained all the time?

Do you feel like you’re missing your life because you’re so tired?  

Here’s the real problem…

You’ve been led to believe that drugs and surgery are the only ways to fix your health issues…

You’ve been dismissed by medical “experts” who don’t take your symptoms seriously…

You’ve been set up to fail by a culture that insists you have to prove your value and earn love…

You’ve been led to believe that being busy is the same as being purpose-driven…

You’ve been pressured into accepting that being available means being committed…

You’ve been overwhelmed by unreasonable expectations and a debilitating mental load…

In this scientific, practical, and interactive talk, Laura shares her personal story of transforming exhaustion into energy, and the exact steps she teaches her clients to experience optimal energy, feel fully present, and stop missing their lives.  

You’ll leave with a new perspective on what really causes exhaustion and burnout, inspired to take the action required to live energized!

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Not sure which talk is the right fit for your group, or want to talk with Laura about speaking on a different topic?  Set up a call with Laura!