Jen Manly

Jen Manly helps people avoid burnout through her action-oriented approach to purposeful productivity and empowered boundaries. With a focus on making work sustainable, she empowers audiences to take back their time and energy to do more of what they love without compromising their impact.


  • Leadership
  • Professional & Staff Development
  • Personal Growth
  • Burnout Prevention
  • Well-Being
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • K-12 Education


Primary/Secondary Education Specific

Getting to know

Jan Manly

Jen believes that people deserve to do BIG, meaningful work while also prioritizing themselves. She is passionate about helping people maximize their productivity to make time for what is most important, all without compromising their impact. Jen discovered her passion for intentional work initially as a teacher, where she found herself on the brink of burnout less than three years into a profession that she loved. Through applying productivity science and clearly articulated boundaries, Jen learned that by prioritizing the most impactful work, she was able to better serve students while also prioritizing her needs, passions, and the people she loves.

Jen has spent nearly a decade in education, teaching computer science at the middle, high school, and college levels. She is an education pioneer, bringing student-centered learning to a new level with the implementation of agile project management in her classroom. She is a co-author of the Agile Educator Guide, a two-time national teaching excellence awardee, and has served on curriculum writing teams at the local, state, and national levels. Her work has been featured in Edutopia, ISTE, and Glamour Magazine.

Jen received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and her Masters of Arts in STEM Education from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.


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Impactful Keynotes for All

Chasing Impact

The old saying goes: do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. Why is it then that so many passionate leaders burn out?

Through over 15 years of passion-centered work, ranging from leading her chapter’s sorority recruitment to non-profit experience and nearly a decade as a classroom teacher, Jen Manly intimately understands how doing work that matters can come at a price: your health and well-being.

Through her empowering keynote, Jen Manly challenges the notion that you have to do more to have a greater impact. Through her message of purposeful productivity, Jen shares a blend of actionable strategies grounded in productivity science, the importance of impact-focused prioritization, and real self-care that centers on setting boundaries and managing stress.

Audiences will leave with immediately implementable strategies to take back their time and energy so that they can avoid burnout while increasing their impact.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending the program, students will learn:

  • How to prioritize work based on impact
  • Strategies to tackle the most impactful work first
  • How to set boundaries with different stakeholders to prioritize well-being and self-care
  • How to manage guilt and stress associated with cause-centered roles
  • Systems to streamline work and improve efficiency

Impactful Keynotes for Educators

The Student-Led Classroom Toolkit

All students deserve learning experiences focused on solving real-world, authentic problems, allowing them to practice collaboration, communication, and creativity. In a world where more tasks and jobs are becoming automated, empowering our students to be collaborative problem solvers, creative innovators, and reflective, lifelong learners make them indispensable.

Imagine: a classroom of 30 students, each working on their own, individual project on a real-world client. Both inspiring and daunting, right? While “21st century learning” is a popular ideal in today’s education conversation, few tools exist to help teachers facilitate authentic, meaningful learning on a full class scale.

In this interactive program, Jen Manly will lead participants through learning tangible tools and strategies to help transform their classrooms into places where students do work that matters to THEM right now. Through classroom management methods that empower student coaching and collaboration, assessment tools that amplify and inspire creativity, tips for building student tenacity, and strategies to manage 100+ unique projects all at once without losing your mind, teachers will leave this session ready to transform their classroom from student-centered to student-led.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending the program, students will learn:

  • The difference between classroom management and classroom leadership
  • How to lead students through authentic learning experiences
  • Different strategies to create systems and space for student leadership
  • How to authentically assess work in a student-led classroom
  • Tools to implement these strategies within your own classroom
You First

You know that stress, well, stresses you out, but do you know the impact it can have on your physical, mental, and emotional health? Ever been told to “just relax” or “practice self-care?”

What does that even mean?

At 21 years old, Jen Manly found herself in her campus health center with a really bad sunburn that just wouldn’t go away. A few hours later, she was diagnosed with Shingles and learned that the likely cause was excessive stress, brought on by a combination of sorority recruitment and an overload of classes. Over the next 14 years, Jen’s recurring shingles have served as a reminder to slow down and led her to challenge the expectation that passion-centered work has to happen at the expense of your own health and well-being.

This program dives deeper into the mental and physical impacts of prolonged stress and burnout. Participants will explore their own relationship with burnout and challenge the notion that they need to choose between work or themselves. Through actionable tools and strategies, audiences will leave with a plan to prioritize their needs while understanding that putting themselves first ultimately allows them to better serve.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending the program, students will learn:

  • How burnout can negatively impact physical, mental, and emotional health
  • The physical and mental signs of burnout
  • How prioritizing personal well-being enhances both efficiency and effectiveness
  • How to reclaim personal time for self-care, passions, and interests
  • How to establish and maintain healthy boundaries between personal life and professional responsibilities
Group Work that Works

Isn’t it time that classroom group work evolves to meet the demands of the 21st century workplace? Through true project-based learning, students break down large-scale group projects, learn to prioritize the most important tasks, and hold check-in meetings and retrospectives. Agile brings learning to life and gives them skills that mirror those used in the real world. What’s more, students effectively collaborate, communicate, and create, giving meaning to lessons and increasing student agency.

In this talk, Jen Manly redefines what group work could look like in the classroom, giving educators strategy and structure to bring their students innovative, real world experiences. Participants will leave understanding how agile education empowers students to utilize structures to better assess, self-monitor, plan and reflect on their own learning. Experience how agile solves common classroom challenges, evokes engagement, fosters human connection and empowers student growth.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending the program, students will learn:

  • How agile project management supports student choice and collaboration
  • How agile helps to facilitate effective group work as a student
  • Considerations for assessment and classroom management with an agile approach to group work
  • Implementable tools and resources that they can use immediately to implement agile strategies in their classroom
The Boundaries Blueprint

You’ve likely heard of setting boundaries in your personal life, but no one talks about how a lack of boundaries in organization, volunteer, or work commitments can leave you feeling stretched thin, overworked, and stressed. Sometimes, when you feel deeply connected to a cause, you continue to give because you believe in it or because you’re afraid of letting others down.

This keynote starts with exploring possible boundaries and, more importantly, how to define the relationship you want with your commitments. Jen Manly breaks down how to communicate the boundaries you’ve set and empowers audiences to let go of things outside of their control, including others’ reactions to newly articulated boundaries.

This keynote combines actionable takeaways, including articulated boundaries and strategies to communicate them, with a deeply empowering message of prioritizing your own needs without guilt. Audiences will leave with a blueprint for building boundaries don’t just benefit them, but are for the good of their cause, too.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending the program, students will learn:

  • How overwork leads to stress and depletes energy
  • How setting boundaries limits overwork while increasing impact
  • How to define the relationship you want with work in four different areas: time, communication, tasks, and emotions
  • How to communicate boundaries with different stakeholders
  • Strategies for communicating when boundaries are met with resistance
For Corporate & Non-Profit Clients
For Corporate & Non-Profit Clients
Corporate – Non-Profit – Military Audiences