Keynote Speaker / Motivational Speaker / Workshop Presenter

 “I can’t tell you how many great compliments we received from our attendees after having Jen keynote at our annual conference.  I especially appreciate her tying in our profession to her talk – made all the difference in the world when it came to solidifying the audience’s attention and our appreciation!” – Roger Martin, Chair, Missouri Public Safety Communications Conference (MPSCC)


My topics of expertise revolve around:

  • Cultivating Courageous Mindsets  
  • Building Resilient Team Members
  • Stress Reduction
  • Creating Drama Free Teams & Environments


Here are some of my most requested talks and training sessions:

Cultivating Courageous Leaders

Courageous leaders are in high demand and short supply. As history has shown, leaders who have the guts to step forward, take some risks, and lead with courage during times of turmoil and times of prosperity will be winners. While this sounds great on paper, in all reality, how does this work in our busy world today?

In this talk, leaders will discover how to become courageous leaders both in their professional and personal lives.   

Results & Benefits for Your Group

The outcomes of this session are to build courageous leaders, no matter what their titles are in the organization, by teaching them ways to OWN their ZONE through:

  • Becoming situationally aware of how stress and chaos shows up in their personal and work lives
  • Looking past their obstacles using a ‘legacy’ mindset
  • Finding ways to surround themselves with positive resources
  • Discovering the gift of perspective so that they can positively impact those around them


Organizational benefits include:

  • Increase team member engagement 
  • Reduce costs associated with staff turnover
  • Empower courageous leaders to strengthen not only themselves, but also raise up their communities, organizations, and families

Calming the Chaos 

Besides working in ever-changing work environments, our EveryDay Heroes are fatigued, stressed out, and often times, are on their way to becoming burnt out from all the day-to-day pressures. These negative consequences can lead to dangerous and chaotic outcomes for not only the employees themselves, but also for their organizations, communities, and families.

In this talk, audiences will discover how to calm the chaos in their work and home environments using simple techniques that will empower them to overcome their obstacles.

Results & Benefits for Your Group

The outcomes of this session are to build stronger individuals, teams, organizations, communities, and families by:

  • Recognizing how chaos shows up in our personal and professional lives
  • Becoming self aware of what issues can stem as a result of not addressing chaos
  • Teaching 4 simple steps to help calm chaos, reduce stress, and build resiliency 


Organizational benefits include:

  • Reduction in costly workplace errors
  • Reduction in healthcare related expenses
  • Reduction in costs associated with staff turnover
  • Reduction in lost time due to unproductive and unfocused team members


Reducing Workplace Trauma & Drama (Understanding Personality Styles 101)

Chaos, trauma, and drama due to communication breakdown is one of our biggest issues facing organizations, communities, and families today. In this fun and engaging session, the audience members will learn how to recognize the strengths, weaknesses, fears, stress triggers, communication preferences, and motivators for each of the personality styles so that they can build resiliency, reduce stress, and create drama free environments. 

This session is especially empowering if organizations are dealing with team members that are disengaged, are having a difficult time dealing with change, and/or are dealing with drama and trauma as it relates to communication.

This can be geared as a keynote or hands on workshop session.

NOTE: We have heard over and over from audience members that these sessions are not like other typical trainings they have attended in the past. It is common to get testimonies back stating “EVERYONE should take this workshop as Jen made it fun, easy to understanding, and very engaging.”

Results & Benefits for Your Group

Team members will learn how to:

  • Recognize how trauma and drama shows up in our personal and professional lives as a result of interpersonal issues
  • Identify the 4 personality styles
  • Discover how to recognize each personality style’s primary:
    • Strengths
    • Motivators
    • Fears
    • Stress Triggers
    • Communication preferences


Organizational benefits include:

  • Decrease staff turnover
  • Promote employee engagement
  • Foster team cohesiveness 
  • Increase individual focus for less workplace errors

Courageous Mindset 

How much better would our families, communities and organizations be if we helped individuals develop a courage mindset?  In this engaging session, audience members will learn how to build resilience, overcome obstacles, and work in their strengths by developing a courageous mindset. 

This can be geared as a keynote or hands on workshop session.

Results & Benefits for Your Group

The outcomes of this session are to build stronger individuals, teams, organizations, and families by:

  • Recognizing how lack of a courageous mindset can cause chaos
  • Identifying destructive behaviors that a discourage a courageous mindset and promote chaos
  • Teaching 4 ways to develop a courageous mindset even during times of turbulence 


Organizational benefits include:

  • Promote employee wellness
  • Create and cultivate a culture of courageous leaders
  • Improve employee retention and satisfaction

Atlanta Fire DepartmentI would just like to say that the seminar Jen spoke at was spectacular! It exceeded all my expectations. My main take-away from Jen’s talk was to always celebrate the little accomplishments! Jen’s personality was a true reflection of her story but even more so her victories! Thank for an awesome event!”  – Arkla Napper, Executive Assistant, Atlanta Fire and Rescue Department

MN Dental Association“Jen was the speaker at our seminar for women dentists. We all loved her energy and humor and her presentation was very inspirational and entertaining. She is a joy to talk to and one of the most positive and enthusiastic people I have ever met! Dr. Laura Eng, MN Dental Association

City of Maple GroveJen captivates her audiences with heartwarming personal stories of adversity that most people are able to relate to through their own life experiences. She has that “can do”, “don’t quit” attitude, has a great sense of humor and is truly an inspiration. She teaches us, “when life throws you a lemon, make lemonade out of it”. Thanks for brightening our day with inspiration and hope!”  Claudia Schmoyer, Human Resources Coordinator, City of Maple Grove, MN

La Crosse County“Jen is such a pleasure to work with, bubbles with enthusiasm, and at the same time is a professional. Our staff thoroughly enjoyed her presentation. I have had several attendees approach me and tell how much they enjoyed Jen and how they’ve started to apply what she taught in her training. It takes a good topic, but a better speaker to influence people to apply what they’ve learned once they walk out those doors, and Jen is that person. Thanks again Jen!” – Diana Cukla, La Crosse County, WI

“Having Jen speak at our event made it one of the most engaging and energetic events we’ve had. The group enjoyed her humorous and related stories.” ~ Jennifer Levine, Welsh Companies



Imagine having courageous leaders and resilient leaders at the helm of your organization.

More than ever today leaders and organizations are faced with the challenges of doing more with less. In addition, leaders and their team members are faced with more stress than ever which has lead to costly organizational issues such as:

  • Toxic workplace culture
  • Toxic communication
  • Toxic workplace enviroments
  • Increased workplace errors
  • Increased healthcare costs
  • Increased staff turnovers
  • Increased team conflict
  • Increased sick time
  • Decreased employee engagement
  • Decreased productivity
  • Decreased employee satisfaction

EMS / Medical Communities: It is estimated that over 400,000 deaths EACH year are due to medical errors. ~ Journal of Patient Safety, September 2013 Volume 9 – Issue 3

Through my various roles, I help organizations raise up courageous leaders who help their teams calm workplace chaos, reduce stressful situations, and toss out much of the trauma and drama related to toxic workplace environments and toxic workplace cultures. 

Please know I look forward to helping your organization raise up courageous leaders, dissolve toxic cultures, and create resilient teams. 

*EVENT COORDINATORS: Remember, every message comes with the event coordinator stress free guarantee as I strive to be the easiest speaker to work with.


The Next Step

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What You Can Expect From Me

Here’s what you can expect from me and my team:

  1. Prompt, professional replies to your phone calls and email messages.
  2. An engaging, inspirational and motivational delivered presentation focused on achieving the outcomes you want with your audience.
  3. A quick follow-up communication after the event with someone on my team, to make sure I met your expectations. (I also want to know how you think I can improve.)


What Others Are Saying

Gulf CoastJen was an awesome keynote speaker! Our group was motivated and inspired by her talk!  Rod Coleman, Education Chair, Gulf Coast 911 Conference

Jen thought me how to leverage adversity with wisdom and passion. Jen’s story was thoughtful, timely and authentic. Her message taught me how to remove the “jungle junk” and how to work backwards in order to reach my goal. Her willingness to share her mess, madness, and her recovery process aligned with my spirit to overcome. – Alyssa Peacock Leonard, Audience Member – Nashville Career Advancement Center

sherriffWhat a sincere pleasure it was to hear Jen speak at the APCO/MSA/NENA Conference in Alexandria, MN. She was inspiring, and then some! One moment stands out for me: my co-worker and I were leaving breakfast on our way down to her presentation, and we saw her standing near the entrance. She smiled at us, and I told my partner “I bet that is Jen.” And so it was. Jen has a special sparkle.  I was also impressed by the research she invested in her presentation. Much appreciated! Having done a lot of running in the past, she has motivated me to get going again.” –  Jeff Hunt, Minnesota 9-1-1 Dispatcher

United Way WingsI’m so glad to have been introduced to Jen at another event. Her story is inspiring and how she tells it is authentic and engaging. As a speaker, she shares from the heart in order to inspire individuals today to live with intention. As an event coordinator, I found her low maintenance, flexible, and easy to work with. I highly recommend her as a speaker.” – Deb Staiger, Membership Chair, United Way WINGs



A Little Bit About Me

My family is best known for overcoming many obstacles including paying off over $212,000 worth of debt and medical expenses in 4 years. Our story has been shared in local, national, and worldwide media outlets.

In my roles keynote speaker and workshop trainer, I help raise up courageous leaders and create resilient teams. Some of my background includes becoming a:

  • Ironman triathlete
  • Amazon Top 100 Author
  • Amazon #1 Author (under budgeting category)
  • 8-time national Olympic style weightlifter
  • 2-time U.S. Olympic Festival 12931273_1731467173735646_193084186409649727_nmedal winner
  • Certified firefighter 1 & 2 and first responder
  • Firefighter Chaplain 

Besides being a motivational storyteller, engaging author, and empowering coach, I am also mom to four wonderful kids and wife to one awesome husband. Bob and I have been married for 25 years and live in Lindstrom, Minnesota.


Jen McDonough (aka The Iron Jen) helps organizations cultivate courageous leaders as leaders and team members will learn 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.