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Visionary.
Transformational.

Game Changer.

Michelle McKenna Has Spent Two Decades Creating And Leveraging Technology To Improve The Human Experience With Some Of The World's Largest Brands.

Learn More About Michelle
2022
Hall of fame Inductee
CIO
2020
Honoree
Outlier Awards
2019
ONE OF THE MOST
NOTABLE WOMEN IN TECH
2014
GAME-CHANGER AWARD WINNER
Sports Business Journal
2013
Women to watch
Forbes

Michelle In Action

Get To Know
Michelle McKenna

Michelle McKenna is a dynamic and visionary senior business leader, corporate officer, keynote speaker, media commentator, public board director, and executive advisor. 

She has multifaceted experience in the media, entertainment, energy, and sports industries and brings a proven track record of driving digital transformation and organizational change at The NFL, The Walt Disney Company, and Universal Studios.

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Invite Michelle
To Speak

Ms. McKenna is a frequent keynote speaker and media commentator on matters relating to technology and digital transformation in sports, media and large enterprises. 

Conferences she has recently keynoted include Information Week, Extreme Connect, LiveWorx, and Microsoft Ignite. She has provided on-air commentary for a wide range of media outlets including CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Morning Joe, Good Day New York and The Huffington Post, and has been a guest on Amy Poehler's "Smart Girls. She is a member of the CNBC Technology Executive Council.

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What People Say About Michelle

Roger Goodell
Commissioner, National Football League
Whitney Johnson
CEO, Disruption Advisors
Austin Ramos
Founding Partner,BVG
Kim Pegula
President/CEO,
Pegula Sports and Entertainment,
Buffalo Bills, and Buffalo Sabres
Al Weiss
Former President of Worldwide Operations, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
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She is a smart growth leader - grows herself to grow her people to grow her organization

I first connected with Michelle nearly a decade ago. She had recently started at the NFL and we honored her on our Forbes" Forty Women over 40 to Watch. I have subsequently featured her in my Harvard Business Press books, Disrupt Yourself, Build an A Team, and Smart Growth. She not only pulled off the feat that was the NFLs virtual draft in 2020, but has helped orchestrate huge technological advancement at the NFL, by inspiring and elevating her team. She is a smart growth leader: grows herself to grow her people to grow her organization. She's a real-life Madame Secretary. Only it's not politics. It's football.

Whitney Johnson

WSJ Bestselling Author, Smart Growth, Top #10 Management Thinker, Thinkers50

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Michelle Is An Amazing Leader!

During the time we worked together at Constellation, she was a champion for change. She brought ideas to the table that were cutting edge. Michelle’s focus on innovative thinking and collaboration were cornerstones of her IT strategy. Michelle is also a fabulous mentor. She takes a personal interest in the people she works with. She quickly assesses strengths and areas of development within those around her and uses that to provide opportunities. Michelle is a true leadership role model.

Roslyn BROWN
VP, IT Corporate Systems and Services
Constellation

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Michelle brings tremendous insight, passion and leadership to her work

An extremely effective executive. She has the rare ability to truly bridge the worlds of business and technology.

Howard Tiersky
CEO
FROM, The Digital Transformation Agency

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She has a unique ability to link business strategy to technology solutions while keeping our guest experience at the center of all processes and solutions

Michelle is a true change agent with a passion for solving complex problems with solutions requiring the integration of people, process, and technology. At Disney she was an innovator, a team builder, and a well respected member of the executive team. She led one of the largest technology transformation projects ever undertaken in theme parks and had a unique ability to link business strategy to technology solutions while keeping our guest experience at the center of all processes and solutions.


Lee Cockerell
Executive Vice President (Ret.)
Walt Disney World

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A true agent of change and innovation, and a pleasure to work with in any situation no matter how challenging

Rarely have I encountered a senior level IT leader that understood the transformative power of IT for improving Marketing capability as well as Michelle, and the conviction to take on the really tough enterprise-wide projects that matter. A true agent of change and innovation, and a pleasure to work with in any situation no matter how challenging.

If you have a chance to work with her you'll see what I mean...

Algernon Callier
Head of Business Development
Jiffy.ai

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Feed Your mind

How The Nfl's Cancer Awareness Campaign Helped Save My Life

The NFL's annual Crucial Catch campaign has personal meaning to Michelle McKenna, Chief Information Officer for the NFL, who shares the story of how a simple reminder had a profound impact.

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What's "Luck" Got To
Do With It?

I recently had a long conversation with someone I was just getting to know and we were sharing our life stories. As is often the case when yov are first meeting someone - you tend to hit the high points...

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5 Boardroom Tactics For Female Directors.

As CIO of the NFL, I had a lot of experience often being the only female, and had learned how to make sure I was heard, however, I found the boardroom dynamics even harder.

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What People Say About Michelle

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Michelle Is An Amazing Leader!

During the time we worked together at Constellation, she was a champion for change.
She brought ideas to the table that were cutting edge. Michelle's focus on innovative
thinking and collaboration were cornerstones of her IT strategy. Michelle is also a fabulous mentor. She takes a personal interest in the people she works with. She quickly assesses
strengths and areas of development within those around her and uses that to provide
opportunities. Michelle is a true leadership role model."

ROSLYN B.
VP, IT Corporate Systems and Services

Feed Your mind

The NFL's annual Crucial Catch campaign has personal meaning to Michelle McKenna, chief information officer for the NFL, who shares the story of how a simple reminder had a profound impact.

read post

The McKenna
Collaborative
Podcast

Ms. McKenna is a frequent keynote speaker and media commentator on matters relating to technology and digital transformation in sports, media and large enterprises. Conferences she has recently keynoted include Information Week, Extreme Connect, LiveWorx, and Microsoft Ignite. She has provided on-air commentary for a wide range of media outlets including CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Morning Joe, Good Day New York and The Huffington Post, and has been a guest on Amy Poehler's "Smart Girls". She is a member of the CNBC Technology Executive Council.

Books By Michelle

From the first in her family to go to college to the first female C level executive at the NFL, Michelle's story is a real-life Sweet Home Alabama meets Working Girl under the bright lights on the biggest stage of professional sports. Her journey was a long and winding one focused on breaking stereotypes, pursuing goals, and being resilient. Transforming herself along with some of America's largest brands -Disney, Universal and the NFL, her book is a transformation roadmap, for your life or for your organization.

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Michelle McKenna is a superstar! Her book will be a must read for anyone looking to drive transformation in their organization or in their life.

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whitney johnson
WSJ Bestselling Author, Smart Growth, Top #10 Management Thinker, Thinkers50