Working with high-stress organizations, healthcare teams, & first responders to help calm chaos in life and business:

Jen McDonough delivers powerful and motivational keynote presentations that inspire audiences to work and live at their top level of performance. As a seasoned keynote speaker and workshop facilitator, she identifies and addresses tough issues head-on. Then, with practical guidance and compassion, Jen equips leaders, employees, and volunteers in high-stakes, high-stress roles to build resiliency, reduce stress, create drama-free environments, and develop courageous mindsets. Team member outcomes:

~ Build Resiliency

~ Reduce Stress & Chaos

~ Create Drama-Free Environments 

~ Develop Mission First, People Always Mindsets

Jen’s Most-Requested Sessions:

  • Calming the Chaos: Building a Resilient Mindset at Home and Work

  • ​Cultivating Courageous Leaders: Creating a Mission First People Always Mindset

  • Creating Drama-Free Work and Home Environments: Building Resilient Relationships

  • ​Developing a Courageous Mindset 

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What You Can Expect from Jen as Your Event Speaker

Authentic, Real and Engaging

​Jen’s professional experience and personal resiliency allow to authentically relate to and connect with audiences and make her a top-rated speaker. When working with Jen, you can expect a memorable and impactful experience for your group. Professional, humble and easy to work with, Jen is a favorite among event coordinators. She shows up ready to engage and interact with audiences and is committed to delivering presentations that make event coordinators look like rock stars!


About The Iron Jen

Jen honed her own resilient and courageous mindset by overcoming difficult circumstances at home and on the job. 

~ She learned to navigate the medical system when one of her four children was diagnosed with a life-time medical condition.

~ When that health crisis left Jen’s family financially and emotionally devastated, they paid off more than $212,000 in medical debt in 4 years.

~ She challenged herself to go from a couch potato to an Ironman triathlete.

~ Jen is also an eight time national Olympic-style weightlifter and the winner of two U.S. Olympic Festival Medals and Minnesota Hall of Fame inductee after starting to lift with a broomstick. 

~ In 2014, she completed training to become a volunteer firefighter and first responder. Her service to her local community in this important role which gives her personal insight into the high-stakes, high-pressure careers of first responders. 

~ With 20-plus years in hospital administration, she has a deep appreciation for those working in high-stress environments. 

~ Jen is the author of three Amazon Top 100 books, including 5 Minutes a Day to Living Beyond Rich & Living Beyond Awesome.


Audience Testimonials

What People Are Saying

Jen was our closing speaker for our annual Arizona Courts Association conference held in April 2019.  Working with her was amazing and she was very responsive to our needs.  Coordinating with her to make the arrangements was a breeze and she communicated with me every step of the way- there were no questions that went unanswered!  She connected immediately with our audience and gave an inspiring presentation to wrap up our conference. 

The reviews received from the conference attendees repeatedly noted that Jen was motivating, engaging, and energetic.  They all appreciated her enthusiasm and the upbeat and interactive nature of the session.  Her presentation on Building Resilient Relationships was well received and participants appreciated being reminded of the different personality types, while collecting tools that will help them both professionally and personally.  Jen’s ability to motivate by sharing her own story was impactful and authentic.  I cannot thank Jen enough for bringing her message to the folks in Arizona and providing humor and inspiration!

Kristie Wooley, Arizona Courts Association Event Coordinator

 “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!” 

“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!“

"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 backward 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

"What a sincere pleasure it was to hear Jen speak at the MN APCO/MSA/NENA Conference. 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!"

Jeff Hunt, Minnesota 9-1-1 Dispatcher

What changed as a result of the presentation?

I have taken a different perspective and understand the reality that each and every one of us has stress in our lives.  And that if we can’t find ways to cope, the result will not be good....because the word ‘stress’ isn’t going anywhere

Eric Robinson, Fire-Rescue EAST Audience Member


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