KJ McNamara

KJ McNamara

KJ McNamara has spent over 15 years working on developing confidence and relationship skills with college students, and equipping communities to grow and flourish.

KJ McNamara has spent over 15 years working on developing confidence and relationship skills with college students, and equipping communities to grow and flourish.

As a trusted and requested speaker, with campus/organizational partners asking her to return time and time again, KJ delivers an honest and curated curriculum designed to cut to the heart of the topic. A successful entrepreneur, she owns Pure Barre studios and works with her clients and teams on positivity, progress, and whole health. Confidence and mental health are a focal point of her everyday career as well as driving results in her client’s lives.

KJ graduated with her B.S in Psychology and B.A. in Communications from Washington State University and her M.P.A. from the University of Missouri.

PROGRAMS

Finding Our Place: Creating Belonging Through Purposeful Recruitment

Keynote | Workshop | Virtual

We all want a place to belong. We want a place where we feel comfortable being who we are, surrounded by friends who support and help us to become who we aspire to be. We want a culture deeper than the surface level and better than the toxic ones that are all too prevalent.

We want purpose… 

 …and we want to have fun!

For years KJ McNamara has been a trusted partner in helping organizations, communities, and chapters grow their membership and now she has a new program to achieve even greater levels of recruitment, retention, and sisterhood. She believes sorority is the “third place” for prospective members and, by harnessing an understanding of how to create it, new and existing members will want to be engaged. 

Learning how create and harness the power of the third space on your campus is the key to recruiting incredible people and revitalizing existing members.

Ideal Audiences

  • Sorority Chapters/Organizations
  • New Member Orientation

Audience members will…

  • Explore ways in which third space is created in sorority

  • Consider the fundamental elements of what prospective and current members want in membership

  • Develop strategies to implement to produce short- and long-term recruitment success 

  • Practice recruitment and retention strategies that promote belonging

How To Fight Fair: Navigating Conflict as a Woman in Leadership

Keynote | Workshop | Virtual

Conflict is inevitable in any leadership role. In fact, it is often impossible to avoid if you really want to make a difference in your organization. Navigating it creates so much anxiety in us because we are afraid of hurting our reputation, failing, or ending relationships.

As women in leadership, conflict is even more tricky because we are expected to behave and act in a friendly and likable way. This feels like the opposite of conflict, doesn’t it?

In this engaging and empowering program, KJ helps audience to dive into why we are so triggered by conflict as well as explore different approaches and tools that help us find a resolution.

Ideal Audiences

  • Leadership Development
  • Professional Development
  • Sorority Chapters/Organizations
  • Panhellenic Councils

Audience members will…

  • Consider the science behind why conflict is more challenging to navigate as a woman

  • Evaluate the different approaches to conflict and why we tend to lean on one or the other

  • Develop strategies to manage healthy conflict to create more positive relationships, sisterhood
    and leadership skills

Red Flag Relationships

Keynote | Workshop | Virtual

What are your rules for dating?

What are your non-negotiables for friendships and relationships?

Have you ever stopped to consider what your boundaries are?

What are your red flags?

Whether we want to admit it or not, most of us have dated a “red flag” or had a friend who has! It starts out exciting and thrilling, then ends in flames. But do we move on from these experiences happier, healthier, wiser, and more prepared to know what a healthy relationship is for us?

Too often not…

Learning how to help someone in a dangerous dating situation is a difficult skill, not to mention knowing when it is time for you to call it quits on a toxic relationship.  In this thought-provoking and action-focused new program from KJ McNamara, you will learn how spot a healthy and unhealthy relationships from the very beginning and develop the tools to step in for a friend or get out.

Audience members will…

  • Consider the warning signs of a harmful relationship

  • Develop strategies to approach a member or friend in a harmful relationship

  • Evaluate ways in which they can create and maintain healthy boundaries in relationships and dating

Ideal Audiences

  • Sorority Chapters/Organizations
  • Leadership Development  
  • Community Colleges

Recruit Like a Pro: Tools Necessary to Excel at Sorority Recruitment

Keynote | Workshop | Virtual

KJ McNamara believes sorority recruitment is the most important time for your chapter and community. Yes, you read that correctly. The most important time. If you want to see major improvement in retention, morale, and quality of the sorority experience, it starts with recruitment.

There is a lot of preparation that can be done to take control of your recruitment to create quality results. For years KJ has helped equip communities to grow and flourish and bring in thousands of new members! In this dynamic program, audiences will learn the best tactics, tips, and tools to ensure your recruitment processes will thrive. This training will help your chapters and members feel confident, prepared, and genuine in recruitment.

Audience members will…

  • Explore how to generate conversations with new people

  • Develop the best ways to navigate a conversation to more meaningful connections

Ideal Audiences

  • Sorority Chapters
  • Panhellenic Councils

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