Jeanne Ward is a Consultant and Personal Strategist who brings her knowledge of psychology, strategy and personal fulfillment to her current work. Jeanne started her career by helping mentally ill inmates to ‘get their lives back on track’ as they integrated back into society from jail in NYC. She leveraged this experience with a Social Work degree to manage teams who were supporting people trying to move back into the workforce. She later lived in Atlanta, GA and Frankfurt, Germany where she began consulting with nonprofit organizations to guide them on their strategy, volunteer development, and organizational development as well as to support the development of their leaders and board of directors.
After the jolt of a divorce, Jeanne found herself doing a lot of soul-searching. Digging deep, she arrived at a new-found appreciation for herself and the world around her. This journey taught her that when we start with improving ourselves, the benefits multiply. Jeanne realized that her strengths of strategic thinking, relationship building and implementation planning could be combined into her on-going passion of personal leadership. Hence, her personal strategy work was born. Jeanne helps men and women between the ages of 35 and 55 who are fed up with their corporate jobs to create fulfilling professional and personal lives through the development of a personal strategic plan. This work ensures that her clients identify their professional and personal goals as well as create a plan to make those goals a reality.
Jeanne is proud to be a Senior Consultant with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits where she helps nonprofit organizations around the state with their strategic planning as well as board of directors development. She is the Executive Director of the Atlanta Road Trotters Kid’s Running Club, a nonprofit organization that provides a platform for children to build a foundation of running health and fitness which leads to a better connection to the organized running community as well as a strong foundation of Discipline, Self-Esteem, Respect and Team Work. She has also co-authored a workbook on networking, founded and organized the National Association of Social Workers-Georgia-sponsored ‘Social Service Career Network’ and organized a summit for the National Alliance for Mentally Ill attended by over 100 organizations from 6 Atlanta counties. Previously, she sat on the board of NASW GA as their Secretary as well as on the board of NAMI GA/DeKalb as their Co-President.
Jeanne has an MSW from Hunter School of Social Work (City University of New York), an MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (City University of New York) and a BA in Psychology from Emory University.
Jeanne lives in Atlanta with her nine year old son.
Lessons from the Show
Jeanne talked to us about her life and career and in particular about how she is integrating the work she does with corporations and NFPs and that she does with individual clients. She offered us many wonderful lessons that point us towards an authentic, happy and fulfilling life and career including:
- Why we need to take time to reflect on and decide what success means to you, which may have nothing to do with your preconceptions about business, career, or the C-Suite;
- The importance of aligning work and environment with your values…and the damage that the recession of 2008 did to this practice;
- Liking/loving and caring for others is foundational to a happy and successful life, and this must start with loving and caring for yourself.
You can contact Jeanne by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can find out more about Jeanne and her businesses at jeannewardconsulting.com
This is episode # 117