About Jen

My Biography

Jen McDonough, Motivational Storyteller / Engaging Author / Empowering CoachHi, thanks for taking the time to read. My name is Jen McDonough (aka The Iron Jen). Not long ago, my family found ourselves living a life of fear when our son was diagnosed with a lifetime medical condition. We were devastated both financially and emotionally. During this very painful, embarrassing, and fearful time, we went through many obstacles in not only in our finances, but also in our relationships, health, and jobs. Using the strategies learned from being an athletic champion, we were able to create incredible outcomes. Our story would go on to reach people through local, national, and international media (including being featured in a German documentary film) Today, I assist in building stronger organizations, communities, and families by helping the Everyday Hero unleash their very best using my background training and from my 20+ year experiences of becoming a:

  • Ironman triathlete after not being able to run, bike, or swim.
  • Eight-time national Olympic-style weightlifter and two-time U.S. Olympic Festival medal winner after starting off with a broomstick.
  • Author of three Amazon Top 100 books in one year after being ridiculed as a child and an adult for my grammar skills (one of those books has been in Amazon’s Kindle Top 100 for over 3 years while another one hit #1 in Amazon’s budgeting category).
  • Debt free family after having paid off over $212,000 worth of debt & medical expenses in 4 years after not being able to pay our monthly expenses.
  • Certified firefighter 1 & 2 and first responder after not being all that fond of heights, confined spaces, and fire.
  • Empowered parent of a child who was diagnosed with an incurable lifetime medical condition after being emotionally & financially devastated.

Through my roles as a motivational storyteller, engaging author, and empowering coach, I am passionate about helping the Everyday Hero unleash their very best. Everyday Heroes relate to my stories as they can see it isn’t from some flashy Ken or Barbie doll type person who portrays an unrealistic perfect life, but rather through the viewpoint of an authentic working mom of four who faces challenges just as they do. I have been married to my awesome husband Bob for twenty-three years. We have four kids…one daughter and three boys. We live in Lindstrom, Minnesota. In my free time, I enjoy being a volunteer firefighter / first responder in our community, doing triathlons, reading, walking, and hanging out with my family.

How Can You Work With Me?

I love serving the Everyday Hero and their organizations though keynote presentations, workshop sessions, group coaching, individual 1:1 coaching, and seminar training. To find out more about my speaking, please click HERE.

Where Can You Find Me On Social Media?

You can contact me via e-mail or follow me on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn. Please find my books on Amazon HERE. McDonough Family 2015


In her roles as a motivational storyteller and engaging Amazon Top 100 author, Jen McDonough (pronounced “McDunna”) aka The Iron Jen works with first responders and high stress organizations in helping them build resiliency, reduce stress, and calm chaos.

Jen and her family are most known for paying off over $212,000 worth of debt and medical expenses in 4 years. Their story has been featured in local, national and international media.

She is also an 8-time national weightlifter, MN Hall of Fame inductee, and 2-time US Olympic Festival medal winner as well as an Ironman triathlete.

All 3 of her books have hit Amazon’s Top 100 categories including her book 5 Minutes a Day to Living Beyond Rich which hit #1 under Amazon’s budgeting category.

Jen recently obtained her firefighter 1 and firefighter 2 certifications & is a new Fire Chaplain, however she still needs to get over her fear of tight spaces, heights, and fire as well as drop her habit of cussing out people who don’t get out of the way of emergency vehicles. 

She lives in Lindstrom MN with her 4 awesome kids, 1 handsome husband, and 1 ugly mortgage.

You can find out more about her at www.TheIronJen.com.

G.R.I.T. (Growing Resilient Individuals & Teams) with Jen leads to learning to learning how to:
~ Build Resiliency
~ Become situationally aware of complacency
~ Adapt to change
~ Recover from setbacks
~ Reduce stress
~ Overcome obstacles
~ Removal of self-limting barriers

Looking forward to serving you.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.