Jenny Mackenzie, Ph.D. is an award winning documentary filmmaker whose mission is to produce films that create and promote social change. In 2005, after a 20-year career working as a clinician, researcher, and developing programs for non-profit organizations, she went back to film school to persue her life long passion- documentary filmmaking. Since then, her award winning films have aired on top broadcast channels such as HBO and PBS, and have received praise in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and others. From topics about public health epidemics to gender equity, and the risks of retirement, Jenny tells stories with compassion, honesty, humor, and hope. KICK LIKE A GIRL has played at over 50 international film festivals, premiered on HBO, and is currently being used by the US State Department to discuss gender equity globally.
Jenny Mackenzie Films is now in post-production with Sugar Babies: Two Epidemics of Diabetes in Our Children, a groundbreaking documentary where Mackenzie exposes the spiraling epidemics of both type 1 and 2 diabetes in children through five real-life stories, including her own.
Jenny holds a bachelors degree from Brown University, an MSW from Simmons College, and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah. As a clinician, researcher, former non-profit administrator, and mother of three, Jenny also uses her professional experience, humor, and real life passion to address a wide variety of topics as an inspirational trainer and motivational speaker.