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Katie McKenna ’04


Katie McKenna is a professional speaker, leadership coach and bestselling author, living in Vermont. People often say, “I feel like I’ve been run over by a truck.” Katie actually was. On a sunny morning bike ride in Brooklyn, 24-year-old Katie McKenna was forever changed when she was run over by an 18-wheeler. Being crushed under a massive semi wasn’t something Katie should have survived. After 10 hours of emergency surgery, she woke to find herself in a body and a life that would never be the same. What began as a journal entry on a borrowed laptop during her extended hospital stay, became the best-selling memoir, How to Get Run Over by a Truck. Katie now travels the country, speaking to a vast array of audiences on how to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles with resilience, hope, humor and gratitude. As a professional coach, Katie has made it her mission to use her life experience, insights and passion to inspire and support others. Through one-on-one coaching, she gives clients the tools to tap into your grit, personal courage, and joy to overcome challenges big and small. Her story inspires others to see how kindness can change
the course of a person’s life, to delight in the beauty of the everyday, and to see the strength that lives within themselves. Katie’s work has been featured in Health Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and the Daily Mail as well as many other publications. Katie has spoken at Fortune 500 companies, and Hospitals, Medical Schools ,Conferences and Universities across the country. Most recently, Ellen DeGeneres and the writers of the award winning Broadway musical “Come from Away” have teamed up with Warner Brothers to develop a 1 hour drama based on Katie’s story.