THE WiLD TEAM
Recently named among the top 30 most influential I-O Psychologists and featured in Forbes, Dr. Rob McKenna is the founder of WiLD Leaders, Inc., creator of the WiLD Toolkit, and Chair of Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. His research and coaching with leaders across corporate, not-for-profit and university settings has given him insight into the real and gritty experience of leaders. His clients have included the Boeing Company, Microsoft, Heineken, Foster Farms, the United Way, Alaska Airlines and Children’s Hospital. He is the author of numerous articles and chapters on leadership character, calling, effectiveness, and leadership under pressure. His latest book, Composed: The Heart and Science of Leading Under Pressure, focuses the specific strategies leaders can use to stay true to themselves and connected to others when it matters most.
“I don’t care about leadership, I care about leaders.”
Nothing gets Dr. Daniel Hallak more excited than the opportunity to build authentic relationships and intentionally develop leaders. As the Chief Commercial Officer at WiLD Leaders, Daniel drives strategic commercial initiatives, and other operations, product development, and marketing efforts that support the development of whole leaders. He is known for bringing energy and thoughtful research-based practices that actually make a difference. Before WiLD, he spent over a decade developing whole leaders in business, academic, and not-for-profit settings. He’s run his own coaching practice and has had experiences as a recruiter at Microsoft, a Career Management Consultant at Right Management Consultants and in a leadership development role at Slalom, an award-winning consulting firm. He’s also served as a coach, professor, and advisor at three higher education institutions including Seattle Pacific University where he helped build a new graduate business program from the ground up. Daniel has spoken at countless events, conferences, and professional associations. His research and writing focus on how to develop people and build authentic relationships founded on generosity. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Seattle Pacific University, his B.A. in Psychology from Northwest University and achieved Eagle Scout Rank with the Boy Scouts of America. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Kristin, and their three children.
“I care about connecting and developing people.”
This position at WiLD Leaders is a dream job for Megan. Taking her entrepreneurial spirit and passion for communication and event planning into a company that focuses on the development of leaders is a combination of all her experiences into one role. Before WiLD, Megan was a wedding and event planner and florist in LA and has had a variety of roles in higher education, as well as managerial roles in small businesses. Megan has a masters in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, and cares deeply about women in leadership and helping small business become efficient and effective. She’s married to her husband Mark and they have an awesome dog named Truvy.
“Everything starts with communication.”
Born and raised in Oklahoma, JD moved to the Seattle area after graduating from Oklahoma State University in 2016 with a degree in Psychology. As the Administrative and Operations Lead, JD Landers keeps things running in order to free up the team to change the hearts and minds of leaders.
As a doctoral student on Dr. McKenna’s research team at Seattle Pacific University, JD is passionate about developing leaders and teams, as well as the ability of leaders to adapt in an ever-changing workplace. During his time in the I-O Psychology doctoral program, JD has had the opportunity to work with large companies, small non-profits, and private consulting firms in the Seattle area.