Max McGee
President HYA, Former Superintendent, and CEO, The Education Collaborative LLC
Chicago, IL.
Glenn “Max” McGee ( is a dynamic leader and speaker on critical issues concerning leadership, student mental health, and racial equity. He has made it his life’s work to advocate and act decisively to support underrepresented students to assure their opportunity and access to impactful programs and services. Max’s passions lie in developing the potential of historically underrepresented youth and leading school districts through turbulent times. He has served in every education position from substitute teacher to State Superintendent and is currently CEO of The Education Collaborative.

Upcoming Events

The T.R.I.C.K. to Successful Leadership with Esther Wojcicki Aug 2020
Trauma Informed Leadership:  Taking Care of Teachers and Parents with Jan Fitzsimmons Apr 2021
What To Do When the Board Falls Out of Love with You with Bhavna Sharma and Greg Krikorian Oct 2020
Investing in Teacher Leadership as an Equity Imperative with Jan Fitzsimmons Nov 2020
Distress to Success: Policies and Practices that Foster Student and Staff Health and Wellness with Katey McPherson Dec 2020
What Would Ethical Leaders Do:  Case Studies in Ethical Dilemmas with Shelly Berman and Jay Goldman Jan 2021
TBD Feb 2021
Trust is a Must: How to Attract and Keep the Best Teachers of Color for Your District with Teach Plus Leadership Mar 2021
Cultivating a Culture of Trust, Commitment, and Connection with Esther Wojcicki Sep 2020

Past Events

Expertise In

  • Leadership Development / Preparing Aspiring Leaders
  • Student and Staff Mental Health
  • Equity and Opportunity
  • Community Engagement
  • Work / life Balance

Audience & Industry

  • Education
  • Leadership


  • Interactive professional development
  • Facilitating focus groups and forums
  • Individual and small group coaching


Fun Facts

Why Book This Expert For Your Event


On behalf of the Illinois Association of School Boards, we are grateful for your keynote speech at our event. Your enthusiasm and passion captivated the audience.  The topic, From Distress to Success, is certainly timely and pertinent to all in education. I enjoyed examples from your personal experience and your sense of humor was enjoyed by all.

- Dee Molinaro


I want to thank you for your commitment to all of our students and, specifically, for your support around mindfulness and social-emotional learning in PAUSD. I appreciate your passion for helping students feel safe and welcomed and ready for optimal learning at school. To this end, you provided an incredible gift to Barron Park in the way of lessons for all K-5 students that cultivated mindfulness, self-regulation, awareness of self and others, empathy, kindness and much more.

-Jennifer Harvey Landisky


Thank you for supporting students of color.
Thank you for honoring the social and emotional well-being of students.
Thank you for your welcoming smiles.
Thank you for sharing yourself and your family with us and reminding us what is most important.
These gifts will linger and support us as we strive to do our best to educate and care for ALL students.

Thank you, Dr. McGee!

-Susan Chakos



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