Jen McNally is a director of mental health and wellness, psychotherapist and a national speaker who has dedicated her career to helping empower others. Her work emphasizes the importance of maintaining productive mental health holistically, both inside and out of the workplace. She consults nationally by helping private and public institutions implement effective strategies to promote engagement in the workplace and minimize professional burnout. She has been providing mental health services, psychoeducation, and administration nearing 20 years to children and families in a variety of settings, including residential treatment facilities, outpatient treatment, and schools.
Having previously served on Nebraska’s Children’s Commission (LB821), Jen was appointed as Nebraska’s Psychotropic Medication Committee’s chairperson. She currently works as a director of mental health and wellness, employing trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and CBT, among other modalities.
She also provides training for school districts on suicide awareness as a QPR Institute instructor. Jen presents across the country on trauma-informed care, mental wellness, self-care strategies, and empowerment for public and private institutions.
Jen’s a dynamic and relatable presenter who empowers audience members with her stories and personable demeanor. In the mental health challenges of today’s workplace environment, her interactive approach and attention-grabbing presence keeps audiences entertained and engaged throughout her entire presentation.
“When Coffee Isn’t Enough: Strategies for Self-Care & Empowerment”
Self-care is how you take your power back! This powerful presentation provides attendees 10 readily available strategies to promote positive mental wellness in all areas of life. Be prepared to leave engaged and renewed to give not only the best of you to others, but to yourself!
“Trauma: The Ripple Effect”
The mind replays what the heart can’t delete. Traumatic events in childhood or adulthood are life-changing. Learn through this valuable presentation not only about the impacts of trauma but also what you can do to support the process of hope and healing.
“Helping Leaders Develop Professional Resiliency in Their Educators” presented with Dr. Jim Sutfin
Individual and collective efficacy within a school are key components when cultivating a culture and climate where resiliency blossoms. During this past year, we have seen now more than ever the need to ensure school districts have the tools at hand to support the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of educators. This interactive presentation will provide school district leaders with a step-by-step process on how to build and sustain a culture and climate which promotes efficacy for all. Attendees will leave with readily available tools to help with cultivating, celebrating and checking in with educators to help ensure they move from doubt to empowerment.
“Jen’s message was exactly what we needed to hear, even if you’re not a coffee drinker! She kept a large group of teachers and administrators engaged during her keynote, which is difficult to do virtually. She made us laugh and cry, shared personal stories, and included everyone in her presentation. Several comments from the evaluations noted that her message was exactly what we all needed to hear! During the “Lunch and Learn” session, Jen led a conversation with the conference participants. They loved being able to ask questions, make comments via the zoom chat, and share their experiences. I’ve heard Jen speak multiple times and every time, she gives me a new nugget to grab on to and integrate into my own self-care journey. Her passion and enthusiasm for supporting teachers, administrators, and especially students is inspiring. Thank you, Jen!! Can’t wait to work with you again!”
Ellen Stokebrand, Director of Special Education, ESU 4
“Jen McNally has been instrumental in the development of our teacher education program here at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. For many of our young educators, they have not engaged in conversations around mental health and wellbeing. Jen’s approach in speaking about these deep, personal conversations and reflections centers on an honest and humorous delivery that resonates with students and teachers alike. In ‘When Coffee Isn’t Enough: Strategies for Self-Care and Empowerment,’ Jen delivers an energetic, honest, and useful presentation that engages all audience members. Our students left that discussion feeling empowered to address their own mental health and how to take care of their peers. Additionally, some students reflected on how they can incorporate mental health into their careers long-term. What has impressed me most about Jen is her follow-up after a presentation. Jen believes in personal connections and relationship building. By doing so and making herself available, students feel the presentation lasts long beyond the official discussion. Jen is an enlightened role-model who is ready to put in the work well beyond the scope of her duties.”
Braden Foreman, M.A., UNL Teacher Scholars Academy Coordinator
“I would never have imagined that a virtual presentation to our teachers and administrators could pack the same punch and have the same heart that Jen’s moving message does in person, but I was wrong. Her energy and engaging style came right through the screen. Our teachers laughed and cried and felt nurtured and supported as much on that Zoom as they would have in a room with Jen. They left with the tools to care for themselves in the most difficult of times. Everyone should have the chance to hear her message in any format they can arrange!”
Heather Phipps, Ed.D., Associate Supt. of Educational Services, Millard Public Schools
“As Chair of the Diverse Perspectives Speakers Series (DPSS) at Doane University, I was especially pleased with the performance of Jen McNally as a speaker. She is a polished, skilled, engaging, and innovative presenter. As a speaker, she was one of the very best that we have had in the history of DPSS. She encourages and gets audience participation, and turns her education-themed talks into a truly interactive experience for those in attendance. She also set an all-time attendance record for the DPSS series. I most highly recommend her!”
Dr. Mark Orsag, Chair DPSS Committee, Doane University
“In the high demand world of education, Jen McNally provides practical ways for educators to put their oxygen masks on so they may better serve their students while strengthening their own well-being. Her engaging presentation is interlaced with great stories and messages applicable to every level of educator. Above everything, Jen brings a down to earth, heartfelt message of hope around ‘Why’ educators do what they do. You will not want to miss having Jen work with your administrators and teachers.”
Dr. Jim Sutfin, Superintendent, Millard Public Schools
“Jen brings a distinct energy which is reinforced by her passion related to the presentation content. Jen engages the participants with her motivational concepts and effervescent personality. She maintains a professional decorum while engaging participants on a grassroots level. Her presentation goals are consistent and on point with a clear delineation on presentation outcomes. She has high energy and is forthcoming. She is able to maintain participant’s attention throughout her presentation. She utilizes humor and stories to connect the topic with a logistic reality. She keeps participants on the edge of their seats! I’m never tired of hearing Jen present. Quality speaker!”
Ed Travis, Director of Admissions & Special Education, Brookfield Schools, New Jersey
“Jen’s message of caring for yourself before you can care for others took hold with our staff and the strategies she gave the staff to build relationships with students created a powerful culture of care and support for everyone at North Platte Public Schools. Her message hit home with our staff and they were completely engaged throughout the presentation. The impact she has made to our district is immeasurable and anyone working in a high-stress job would benefit from hearing Jen’s presentation. I can’t say enough how impressed I am with Jen and all she does for the betterment of schools.”
Brandy Buscher, Director of Student Services, North Platte Public Schools
“Jen McNally gave a presentation on personal wellness to start our school year. Long-term employees shared it was the best opening session they had attended. She is engaging, informative, and we felt energized and empowered.”
Drew Harris, Administrator, Educational Service Unit #9
“Jen McNally’s presentation When Coffee Isn’t Enough is both engaging and informative. She delivers this with a passion students and faculty could both see and feel. She is informed on the realities facing schools, individual teachers and students that are translating into mental health issues from suicide to anxiety. Her talk features hands-on practical strategies that cut across disciplines and generations. While her prime focus is learning institutions, the message has no bounds.”
Dr. Linda Kalbach, Chair of Undergraduate Education Program, Doane University
“Jen helped me with my mental health greatly. She really does care about teachers and keeping us happy and healthy in a profession that can really test our patience. Not only is she a great presenter but she is a great person. When I feel like I don’t know what to do anymore or am having a hard time seeing the rewards in teaching, she is someone that I know I can go to and she can reassure me as to why I am doing what I am doing. She does a great job of giving very valuable advice that somehow always gives me the energy and motivation to continue on and be the best version of myself that I can be. If it wasn’t for Jen, I am not sure I would still be in the teaching profession. She has reminded me why I am in this profession and has given me tools to realize this myself.”
Jarrod Bazata, Teacher, Wisner-Pilger Public Schools
“Jen’s expertise in the area of mental health is changing our schools for the better. Her impact is felt by our administration, staff, and students. In our district, we are prioritizing mental health and self-care. We are using self-care strategies with intention, and staff are willingly taking part in wellness initiatives that target all aspects of our health. Our staff and students understand that the best learning occurs when all aspects of a person’s health are taken care of. Jen’s dedication to impacting mental health with the youth across our state is incredible and very appreciated.”
Lyndsey Douglas, Principal, North Platte Public Schools
“We all know the challenges that 2020 has and is currently presenting to all of us. During these uncertain times, Jen McNally’s presentation to our staff on self-care and wellness is just what we needed to hear. In order to be the best for our students and each other, we must take care of ourselves. Jen shared practical, simple, and easy to apply strategies to get our staff on the road to self-care and wellness. Jen’s presentation was engaging, applicable, and aligned with our current needs. Her passion and enthusiasm for mental health came through loud and clear. Everyone walked away energized, empowered, and with an idea or two to implement.”
Jeff Vercellino, Principal, Cavett Elementary (Lincoln Public Schools)