Jeannette Maré, founder of Ben’s Bells, to speak at January GMM

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Jeannette Maré, Ben’s Bells Founder and Executive Director, will lead “A Conversation on Kindness”, an in-depth discussion of the challenges and opportunities we encounter in every interaction as we strive to create a kinder community, at the Junior League of Phoenix January General Membership Meeting.

During this presentation, Jeannette will reflect on her own personal experiences with kindness in the face of devastating grief, as well as her work with Ben’s Bells Project and the power of kindness to transform people and communities. She will discuss the emerging body of research on the science of kindness.

The mission of Ben’s Bells is to inspire, educate, and motivate people  to realize the impact of intentional kindness, and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby strengthening ourselves, our relationships and our communities.


About Jeannette Maré  (pronounced mar-ay)
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Jeannette Maré is the founder and Executive Director of Ben’s Bells Project.  Jeannette’s leadership has anchored the organization through remarkable growth, including the opening of three studios, collaborating with hundreds of local organizations and recruiting over 25,000 annual volunteers. As part of her vision, Ben’s Bells has become nationally recognized and “kindness” is becoming part of the nation’s collective consciousness.
Before becoming full time Executive Director of Ben’s Bells, Jeannette was faculty at the University of Arizona teaching discourse analysis. She holds a Masters Degree in Linguistics from Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. Jeannette lives in Tucson and is grateful to have the opportunity to combine her two passions – teaching and community building – in her role with Ben’s Bells.

About Ben’s Bells Project
be kind.jpgThe mission of the Ben’s Bells Project is to inspire, educate and motivate each other to realize the impact of intentional kindness and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby strengthening ourselves, our relationships and our communities.
Ben’s Bells Project was founded in 2003 after the sudden death of Jeannette Maré’s two-year old son, Ben. The simple, everyday acts of kindness following his death helped Maré survive and begin to heal. She was inspired to establish the Ben’s Bells Project as a way to recognize and continue the kindness shown to her. On the first anniversary of Ben’s death, four hundred bells were hung in public places for strangers to find. To date more than 42,000 Bells have been hung in Tucson and beyond.
In addition to Bell distributions, Ben’s Bells Project provides kindness education programming for more than 300 schools, organizations and businesses. Ben‘s Bells is honored to be a part of the emerging field of multidisciplinary research that demonstrates the powerful effects of kindness on individuals’ long term health and on the overall quality of life in communities.

Recent research demonstrates that kindness benefits our physical and mental health, and that recognizing kindness in others increases a person’s happiness and satisfaction. But just as solving a calculus problem requires advanced math skills, the challenges of daily life require advanced kindness skills. By focusing on kindness and being intentional in our personal interactions, we can improve our ability to connect.

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Maisha Christian Hagan to speak at September GMM

Junior League of Phoenix members will be in for a treat as they explore influence at the September General Membership Meeting.
September GMM Topic:
Utilizing the Five Bases of Power to Influence Effective Action
Leaders often rise or fall based on their ability to influence others towards effective action. A notable study conducted by social psychologists John R. P. French and Bertram Raven divided power and influence into five separate and distinct forms – coercive, reward, legitimate, referent, and expert. Marketing Director Maisha Christian Hagan wants to help you advance within your personal and professional life by teaching you when and how to utilize the Five Bases of Power. This presentation is all about influence – how to get it, how to respond to it, and how to leverage it in order to emerge as a leader and get things done.
About Maisha Christian Hagan
Maisha Christian Hagan.pngAs the marketing director responsible for internal and external marketing efforts at Jokake Construction, Maisha Christian Hagan occupies the space where strategic and creative business solutions intersect. She has a passion for people, a mind for business and a gift to teach. Topics of focus include strategic planning, S.M.A.R.T. goal development, DISC profile, corporate culture, brainstorming and communication, influence and conflict resolution. Her volunteer work includes hosting and organizing the annual Labor of Love Community Baby Shower; providing interview and life skills training for homeless participants in program with Family Promise; and chairing the mentor program for SMPS Arizona chapter.