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Learn. Lead.

James is a consultant, speaker, author, learning architect, and expert in inclusive learning.

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I'm James McKenna.

I have a bone to pick with lost potential. I help people, teams, and organizations learn, improve, and thrive by designing and delivering learning environments and ecosystems that are inclusive, innovative, and impactful.

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Book cover "Upskill, Reskill, Thrive! Optimizing Learning & Development in the Workplace" by James McKenna, EdD

About the Book

​Upskill, Reskill, Thrive! illustrates how to create and sustain learning and work environments that honor and empower individuals in ways that promote knowledge generation and sharing. This book will help L&D, educators, and corporate leaders motivate their teams from the inside to improve performance and become part of an inclusive culture across an organization.


Whether you need a thought partner, a capacity builder, or a motivating speaker, James is ready to exceed your expectations.


Looking to rethink your current efforts? Trying to build a learning ecosystem that embraces all your people AND drives outcomes? James can help you build and enhance your expert learning efforts

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Training and Coaching

James is can provide teams with training and coaching in: Expert Learning/Universal Design for Learning; designing learning ecosystems; and learning and motivation science. 

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Keynotes and Presentations

James is available to provide customized presentations. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences and can engage, entertain, and enlighten your audience. 

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“[James] is an expert on how learning occurs and he knows what conditions need to be present in order for it to happen effectively.”

John Paramo, Ed.D.

"James is knowledgeable, practical, and engaging, and has done a superb job of customizing professional learning sessions for our needs.

Hanan Thornton, Ed.D.

"James McKenna hit it out of the park with Upskill, Reskill, Thrive. The text weaves together evidence and concrete guidance from multiple companies and industries including 3M, Walmart, and the U.S. Marine Corps, to reimagine what professional learning can look like in the world of work.

Katie Novak
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