Co-Founder, Inspired Legacies Founder and Chief Nurturer, Nurture
At the root of her work, Jean believes in the power of people to transform their lives, and she advocates for tools, visualizations, and other resources to enable more people to flourish with passionate purpose and engagement.
Jean radiates a deep conviction about our power to transform our lives. She developed from a recipe of three parts theoretical background (identity, cultural studies, and language), one part geek translation experience, and one part awareness of flow with a good dose of deep talent for nurturing people and community.
With a double bachelors of arts in English and Philosophy, her studies centered around narrative and culture specifically focused on identity, transformation, and the performance of everyday life. In 1997 she organized a cross-disciplinary conference, Performance Margins which focused on the performance of marginal identities. In 1998, Jean curated an art exhibition, Text and Territory: Navigating through Immigration and Dislocation, which focused on how language and location map identity.
Within the corporate sphere, working within an international NYSE-listed corporate finance corporation starting in 2000, her reputation blossomed as a cross-pollinating network weaver. She was commended for her superior efforts on strategy planning, and she trained in communications, software tools, and conflict management/negotiation.
In late 2002, Jean launched her own business, and in 2004 she began working closely with Drake Zimmerman, a leading charitable planner, socially responsible investment advisor, and coach, on communication materials about making a difference. She received her certification as an NLP Coach in 2005, and she has coached executives, nonprofit leaders, and social entrepreneurs across three continents. Also, in 2005, she began working with inspirational philanthropic leader Tracy Gary on a new nonprofit, Inspired Legacies, an organization focused on shifting the connections and processes between donor, advisors, and nonprofits.
She has a passion for technology, and Jean partnered, starting in late 2005, with technology visionaries, currency innovators, and collective intelligence advocates to grow the field of awareness and tools around flow within community. At the end of 2006, Jean, recognized online as NurtureGirl, transformed her business to focus on nurturing with .
In her free time Jean likes to read about leadership, change, and critical theory as well as modern fiction and poetry. Don’t forget systems theory, organic models, network theory, and currencies too.
Past and present Web 2.0 presence:
Causes and groups: Uplift Academy, Save the Internet, Genocide Intervention Network, Inspired Legacies, transformational philanthropy, youth leadership, clean water, malaria, Seeing Beyond Sight, WDYDWYD, Peace Tiles