Ms. MacDougallJan Martin MacDougall

Jan MacDougall says, “When my husband at the time, then superintendent of schools, died unexpectedly of a heart attack at age 43, all the color drained from my world as I went into ‘gray’ survival mode. I was afraid to grieve…not knowing the healthy way to do it and unwilling to ask others, so I stuffed it.  Not missing a day of work as a teacher and managing to keep panic attacks under control, I hid the pain very well; people were amazed at my strength…as I was dying inside.  I went to a seminar that taught me how to start letting go of the pain and ways to take care of feelings in a healthy manner.  I see similar pain in the eyes of teenagers and yearn to show them better ways of dealing with life’s challenges rather than ‘stuffing.’”


“When I was attacked in my home in the middle of the night at knifepoint, all the strategies I learned were tested as I survived--terrorized and beaten, but not raped.  The detectives were unable to understand how I was able to fend him off and warned that he might return.  I coped with the fear then and in the months that followed, with the help of the life tools and asking for help from others; I became re-engaged with the world.  The perpetrator is now serving 2 life sentences for what he did to women.  I have had multitudes of opportunities to share with those who have also been terrorized, and I talk with them about moving from helpless to hopeful and how focusing on their future accomplishes that.  Kids need to learn how to take charge of their lives and their futures; we do that during Inspired STEPS.”  


Her public education career spanned one quarter of a century.  Jan received her B.S. in Elementary Education; M.S. in English/Educational Administration as well as receiving Secondary and G/T certification and then on to earn Mid-Management certification.  She taught kindergarten, 5th grade, 9th-12th grade English as well as being an adjunct professor for Trinity Valley Community College and Eastfield College.  She capped her public education career as PR and Curriculum Director, having a weekly column in the local newspaper. 


Jan spent nearly a decade as Lead Facilitator for a 3-day seminar created by Dr. Phil McGraw, star of the Dr. Phil show and best-selling author.  She is a core presenter/consultant specializing in leadership development for Strategic Government Resources, which partners with Texas government associations. Jan is also a consultant for personal effectiveness organizations such as Focus Seminars of Kansas City, Inc.  Seminars written and facilitated by Jan include Inspired Life Weekend that empowers individual success and FOCUS Up, a spiritually-based seminar currently operating in Kansas City, Dallas, St. Louis and Boise, Idaho.  She is certified in Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 4 Roles of Leadership, certified in Diversity Training as well as a Certified Training Presenter.


In the corporate world, Jan was Vice-President of the Learning and Development department.  While she was there, the company received numerous accolades including second fastest growing company by Dallas 100 and recognized as 38th largest revenue-producing privately-held corporation in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex, She established Drive with a Heart, a corporate charitable foundation that collaborated with governmental entities and other non-profit agencies to support initiatives in the areas of health care, education and poverty intervention with the focus on south Dallas.


Jan was proud to serve as Vice-President for Hunt County United Way.  She initiated a Methodist Youth Fellowship program for teens, continuing as Youth Pastor for 7 years.   Other involvement within the community ranged from charter member and treasurer for establishment of a local library to assistant basketball coach for the local sports association.  At Heartland Church in Carrollton, Texas, she and her husband Duncan are Leads for Marriage Ministry and also wrote and facilitate Lighten Up, a program that strengthens personal relationships with God. She currently serves as Presidential Task Force member for internationally-based Women in Christian Media.


She was commissioned by Governor Rick Perry as a Yellow Rose of Texas, an award given to outstanding Texas women for their significant contributions to Texas.