Lessons from the Show
Jeanne talked to us about money and also about the changes in her life since our last conversation, and offered us many wonderful lessons that point us towards an authentic, happy and fulfilling life and career including:
- The importance of looking at your own personal story about money, and starting to give this a voice;
- How easily we fall into looking at money from a perspective of scarcity, and how life – and perhaps counter-intuitively, outcomes! – can be transformed if we can learn to look at money from a perspective of abundance;
- It’s easy to focus on externals and wonder (or worry!): will my friends still visit if I lose my house?; it’s harder (but really important) to slow things down and realize that it’s okay if I have a place to sleep and food to eat.
Jeanne also suggested – as have many others on this show! – that we should build relationships with mentors to give us safe spaces for learning conversations, for example as it relates to the dominant topic of this week’s conversation, to help you develop a framework and process for thinking and talking about money.
About Jeanne Ward
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, fundraising development, volunteer development, and organizational development as well as to support the growth 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 Development Director at POWER 10 Capital Campaign Operations where she helps organizations to raise money for specified needs. Prior to joining POWER 10, she was a Senior Consultant with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits where she helps nonprofit organizations with strategic planning as well as developing their boards. 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 ten year old son.
You can contact Jeanne by email at Jeanne.Ward@live.com if you’d like to find more about her business or philosophy, or just follow up and talk about money! And you can find out more about her business interests at GoPower10.com and JeanneWardConsulting.com
This is episode # 167