Life Lessons to Share

Rena McDonald

Owner of McDonald Law Group

“You have to be your own advocate. As an attorney, business owner and mother, I champion others all day long,” she says. “You have to be willing to fight for yourself with the same level of ferocity that you do for the people you care about. When you stand up yourself, you stand up for everyone.”

Rena McDonald is a Las Vegas native with deep ties to the community. She is the owner of the McDonald Law Group, a Henderson-based law firm that specializes in business, real estate, estate planning and family law.

Rebecca Fountain

CEO/Owner of KOR Building Group

“There are many life lessons that I’ve experienced and use daily. One that stands out to me is to always be true to yourself,” she says. “As a woman in construction, I have always used logic and a gut check to make decisions. I’ve made many mistakes along the way, however, I’ve also made great decisions. Always acknowledge the successes! I also visualize what I want and then make a plan of action. I work the plan, and it leads to success. Treat people well, and it will be reciprocated. And most importantly, when the going gets tough, lean into it.”

Debra March

Mayor of Henderson

“I have been a Nevada resident for 40 years and have built my career on helping Henderson and Nevada become better places to live. I have always believed you need to be the change you want to see in the world,” she says. “A valuable lesson learned as a business professional is to spend your thoughts and abilities on what matters to you and with the people who mean the most to you. You can always make more money, however, you cannot buy more time.”        

Dr. Carolyn Matzinger, M.D.

Owner of Matzinger Institute of Healing

At age 57, anti-aging physician Dr. Carolyn Matzinger, M.D., practices what she preaches. Her approach to medicine combines cutting-edge research and diagnostics in membrane/metabolic medicine. Dr. Matzinger encourages each patient, especially working moms, to take time for themselves. Dr. Matzinger frequently says to her patients: when we take time for ourselves, then we are better able to care for those who depend on us.

Teressa Conley, RN, MSN, MBA, DPA

President/CEO of Rose de Lima Campus

Life Lessons to Share:

  • Be passionate about what you do and your calling. When you are passionate and believe in what you are doing, you will never run out of energy, and it will never feel like work.  
  • Education is something you can control; don’t short yourself. Find a good mentor.
  • Engage in your community, and make it better. Great communities do not happen without the engagement of committed citizens.
  • Have good friends and a faith that will guide you in the challenges you will undoubtedly face.
  • Choose a supportive partner or significant other who will let you grow.
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously. Have fun.

Monica Jackson

Host of MOJShow

“I was born and raised in the city of Detroit. I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for the last 31 years, and we are the proud parents of our soon-to-be a 13-year-old son, D’Artagnan,” she says.

“My husband’s Air Force career brought us to Las Vegas in 2001, and soon after, we discovered the city of Henderson, which we now call home. As an Emmy Award-winning journalist, news anchor, emcee, motivational speaker, media trainer, and most recently, the host of my own talk/reality show called the MOJShow, I’ve interviewed everyone from Dr. Oz and Larry King, to the mega-stars of Motown and everyone in between. I am blessed.

“As a wife, a mother and a professional, I believe it is incumbent upon all women to teach people how to treat them. If you are constantly compromising your value system, who you are, what you stand for, what you will or will not tolerate, then you will surely be treated like a second-class citizen. If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” 

Paige MacDonald

Owner/CEO of A Destination Travel

“School, work, friends, marriage, kids, pets—these aren’t things we have to do. These are choices we make. If we are conscious of the control we have making decisions in our everyday lives, we can be happier. As the owner of A Destination Travel, I surround myself with amazing travel advisers, handpicked for their travel knowledge and caring personalities. We all have 24 hours in the day. I want to sleep for eight hours, be with my family for eight hours (or more!)and be with my “work family” for eight hours. No matter how your day is split up, make the conscious decision to surround yourself with love.”