A personal message from Jean -
The first thing you're taught in Speaker 101 is to focus. Branding is everything, they say. Choose a topic, be passionate, and wrap yourself in it. And that's all well and good if you are not me.
My life has never been "focused" in the normally accepted definition of the word. It's been a fantastic, eclectic maze of education, training, experience, titles, risks, entrepreneurship, accolades, promotions, disappointments, start-ups, volunteer work, business ownership, failures and success. Once I realized that I was on a wandering path, and learned the impact of emotional intelligence on my intended trajectory, I buried myself in the latest research, remapped my path, and navigated much more carefully to help smooth the anticipated bumps and curves.
My leadership skills were my introduction to the nonprofit world, which provided me the experience that comes with executive positions and a desire to better balance my life between family, career, and service. My nonprofit experience came full circle when addiction became a reality in our family, providing the opportunity for me to go back to my roots and start my own nonprofit organization with a focus on helping addicts find the treatment they need. I've gained a tremendous amount of wisdom through a lifetime of personal and professional experiences; it's nearly impossible for me to pick one topic that I am passionate about, so I've narrowed it to
three four five specific topics (see how hard it is?!). Within these five topics are a multitude of sub-areas of focus which can be built into training sessions and consulting topics.
In all sincerity, there are many areas of life that I am passionate about, but the list below is solidly in my wheelhouse. I am passionate about each of the five topics; I believe they are equally and critically important to individuals, corporations and organizations. And when I am given the privilege to speak to an audience on any of these topics, my goal is to encourage balance, to incite positive change, to inspire excellence, to motivate to action, and to leave a life changing thought with each participant.
The five topics I enthusiastically bring to the table are:
- 12 Keys to Successful Leadership - With 50 years of leadership experience, beginning as a patrol leader in Girl Scouts through today as the CEO of three successful organizations, I recognize effective leadership as serious business. Personality traits, unique skills, responsible behaviors, emotional intelligence - they all factor into the dynamic we recognize as great leadership - along with communication, humility, authenticity, etc...each plays a critical role in exceptional leadership.
- Addiction: The Killer Next Door - Addiction has affected our immediate and extended family in nearly every form it might manifest itself, and with nearly every result imaginable. A few years ago my focus broadened to offering help to those who need and are seeking help for addiction. In 2012, I founded HelpingRecovery.org with the mission to assist as many addicts as possible find the help they were seeking by working with addiction treatment facilities throughout the United States and creating a network of resources. This is my personal mission, and it will be my swansong.
- The Teeter-Totter We Call Life: Balancing Home, Work, Community - At the age of 20, I started my career early (considering I was birthing children at the rate of one every other year for more than a decade), running successful campaigns for the local school board, traveling back and forth to Sacramento as an advocate for K-12 schools, and running the children's organization of our church (with just under 1,000 children under the age of 13 in a 30-square mile area), but most would consider mine a late career start since I didn't officially enter the bread-winner workforce until the age of 40.
- 60 at 60 in 60 - As a newly minted, energetic, wizened, and motivated 60-year old, I decided to look back over my life and create a list of 60 things I wish I had learned long before I actually did. This 60-minute (of course) presentation is actually timeless: basic truths, principles, and habits are shared that will create excitement, motivate troops, enable stumblers, strengthen leaders, inspire increased professionalism, and improve corporate culture.
- Anything Is Possible! - When the going gets tough it's often easier to walk away, but the old adage is true: when the going gets tough, the tough get going. This presentation is about facing obstacles and challenges professionally, effectively, and with an "I CAN DO THIS, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE" attitude. Leaders don't walk away from challenges, they turn them into opportunities. Life is about overcoming difficulties, both personal and professional. When attendees leave this session, their attitudes will have improved dramatically and the desire to succeed will be stronger than ever.
But what if I could ONLY pick one topic?
MY #6: PERSEVERANCE PAYS OFF: IF THERE'S A STRAIGHT PATH TO SUCCESS, I MISSED IT (exemplified by my personal motto: the only way out is through). So, at the end of the day, I have six topics to enthusiastically share with your team... from the gut, with the wisdom of experience, the empathy of someone who's been there and done that, and the enthusiasm of a school girl on the first day of class. I am always thrilled when the evaluation comments share that my life experiences have touched my audiences, given them new drive, new excitement, a stronger desire for success, and a renewed sense of purpose. That is my goal.
My life has been a roller coaster I've ridden with hands high in the air. As a result, I am a jack-of-many-trades and a passionate, dedicated expert as well. My experiences have become teaching tools and my stories are authentic. The keys to success I share have been gleaned from a life of leadership and learning. My passion is real and my message is clear.
My action-oriented programs, keynote addresses, and training sessions are designed for individuals, teams, executives, owners, managers, employees, leaders, and followers. There's a place for everyone and a clear, positive message to embrace, nurture, and implement for greater success.
If there's a straight path to success, I missed it, but my experiences on those crazy alternative routes are invaluable (and often quite humorous!). The success I've achieved in my life is the result of every side trip I've ever taken, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
I would love to share my story with your team. We don't all have the opportunity to ride the elevator straight to the top. For many of us, it's a step-by-step journey on a circular staircase. For more information, please feel free contact me at email@example.com or 801-875-2821.
And now, the "official bio" created with the help of an awesome PR firm:
In her more than 30 years of experience as a speaker, trainer, and consultant, Jean Baugh Krisle has enjoyed working with thousands of leaders. Working with politicians, religious leaders, visionaries, CFOs, nonprofit executives and fundraisers, and Fortune 500 CEOs, Jean has shared her skills and expertise on stages, in conference rooms, offices, churches, restaurants and even while digging ditches in a remote village in Nepal.
Bringing to the table more than two decades of professional nonprofit leadership and development experience, along with an innate knack for reasoning, approachable personality, expert’s knowledge, and passion-fueled energy, Jean hits the stage (or ditch) with a high energy level that is palpable and contagious and its is instantly clear why she is there: to help each unique group of audience members reach their goals and achieve greater success. She does her homework and speaks directly to the aspirations, needs and ambitions of her audience.
With a blend of outgoing personality, modern technology, and sage advice, Jean’s ultimate goal is to leave each audience member uplifted, energized, and ready to launch forward. She achieves this with light-hearted humor, audience participation, and by sharing personal stories from her own life. No mistake in her past is off limits–Jean openly shares lessons from her failures as well as her successes. Her unique mix of old school wisdom and new age technology gives Jean an edge in the world of communication that very few have.
Confident in what life has taught her, Jean will never forget where she began and the winding road has brought her to today. She always delivers a message laced with inspirational snippets of wisdom that her audience can easily remember and carry with them long after the conference or training ends. Dynamic, approachable, and direct, Jean’s approach to life is an example of the principles she believes in: authenticity, competence, courage, passion, faith, commitment, perseverance, flexibility, and service. Jean was once hired with a job description created specifically for her stating “always include Jean where a warm personality is needed.”
In her wildest imaginations during her years of balancing kids and jobs, Jean never expected to someday work in Washington DC as the Vice President of Communications for Atlas Network, an international nonprofit organization working to promote freedom worldwide, nor did she expect to travel to Nepal as the marketing and communications lead for Utah-based CHOICE Humanitarian. Jean also could not have anticipated the move, from Washington State where she managed Corporate and Community Outreach for Suncadia Resort, to Albuquerque, New Mexico where she handled development and outreach for the Rio Grande Foundation. The message of “expect the unexpected” is part and parcel of her presentations.
Philanthropy has played a large role in Jean’s career, and her expertise in communication and marketing was fine tuned during the years she worked as an executive director and fundraiser for a variety of nonprofit organizations and community associations. The importance of philanthropy in the for-profit world is something Jean is passionate about as well. The opportunity for a healthier corporate climate and unified team is a direct result of corporate responsibility through philanthropic activity.
Launched in 1993, Jean’s company The Resource Tank has grown from a small K-12 consulting firm to a respected resource for individuals and organizations seeking expert advice in the areas of effective leadership, engaging communication, development strategies, board development, and philanthropic culture.
Prior to leaping into the professional world from the volunteer wagon, Jean also served as a Trustee for the Rim of the World Unified School District (California), on the Board of Directors of the California School Board Association (CSBA), and as a lobbyist for K-12 education in Sacramento.
Although exemplified in her professional experience, Jean’s organization and communication skills might also be traced to the three decades she spent raising her children: a mother of 6, step-mother to 5, and grandmother to 19, Jean’s life is anchored in a fearless dedication to her faith, family, and friends. It was within the walls of her own home that she first taught about respect for self and for others, and about perseverance, responsibility, entrepreneurship, communication, positive energy, humor, forgiveness, humility, philanthropy, liberty, and honesty.
Drawing on a lifetime of experience coupled with invaluable wisdom gleaned from her colleagues, clients, friends, and family, Jean is a valuable asset to organizations and individuals seeking the next level of excellence, in corporate culture, social entrepreneurship, nonprofit excellence, addiction treatment and recovery, or personal challenges to achieving success.
Based in Utah, Jean travels regularly throughout the United States (and beyond) and is available for seminars, training, keynote presentations and consulting needs. A member of the National Speakers Association, Jean considers her role as speaker a serious responsibility and works daily to improve her skills, her message, and her energy. And watch for her newest venture, a cutting edge 501c3 nonprofit organization that promises to change the world of addiction treatment for thousands of people seeking help.
Hold on to your seat if Jean is coming your way…she’s going to rock your world!
You can contact Jean at 801-875-2821 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding her availability.