An optimist first, but also an entrepreneur, speaker, story teller, visionary and advocate, Jean Krisle knows the ropes. On more than one occasion Jean's been heard saying (with a smile), "Been there, done that, burned the t-shirt."
A leader from the get-go, Jean's leadership skills are unquestionable. With a pleasant charismatic personality and a we-can-do-this attitude, Jean is well-known for her push-through attitude and her dedication to excellence.
Jean's life has been an ongoing model of “Anything Is Possible”. She was in her late 30s when she was forced to step outside of her comfort zone and set some pretty lofty goals as she suddenly found herself a single parent with six young children. Jean entered the workforce with nothing more than a high school diploma and worked her way from stay-at-home mother living in a California mountain community to Vice President of Communications for Atlas Network, a Washington DC-based globally-recognized international organization, and then parlayed her wisdom gained through personal and professional experience into a successful consulting business, professional speaking career, life-saving nonprofit organization, and nationally-recognized thought leader for innovative outreach and support in the addiction industry.
Jean is a “nothing is impossible” personality and she has the life history to prove it. She's been hired, fired (and even tired), but more than anything and in spite of everything, Jean has always been optimistic. Like the time she and her husband were each unexpectedly laid-off from respective executive positions within a three-day span. Or the time her business partner went around her and signed contracts outside of a non-compete agreement, putting Jean's business at great risk. Or the time she chose to shut down due to the unethical actions of others around her and the desire to avoid any association with negative behavior. It's all in the past, but the lessons learned remain. And they are powerful. Jean's attitude during each of those challenges was "OK then, what's next?!"
A successful business owner for more than a decade, Jean's most recent endeavor – a not-for-profit organization at that, 10,000 Beds, Inc., a 501c3 organization, was born out of a realization that with empty beds in addiction treatment centers throughout the United States, and at the same time people without resources wanting and needing treatment, there was a real equation that needed an immediate solution. Officially launched in late 2015, 10,000 Beds took off like wild fire and continues to grow. The unique model of reaching directly to treatment centers for scholarships, instead of raising funds through private donors to pay treatment centers for “scholarships”, has resulted in more than $1,000,000 in awarded scholarships through 10,000 Beds' partner treatment programs in 2016.
Jean has also experienced more of the rough side of life than she ever expected. With six children, five step-children, and 20 grandchildren in a combined family with her husband Hal Krisle, Jean has experienced the highs and the lows of parenthood. Her family has been affected by addiction on many levels. Without much thought Jean can instantly flash back to dark alleys, bright flashing lights, suicide notes, room searches, weapons confiscation, and finally, thankfully, witnessing the evolution from sorrow, to fear, to a glimmer of hope, followed by hard work and a commitment to life in recovery. Now a thought leader and sought after speaker in the addiction industry, Jean's message also incorporates the life giving power of hope.
A captivating yet approachable speaker, Jean's presentation style is best described as dynamic and conversational: both riveting and engaging. Her life experiences fold into her presentation seamlessly and illustrate key skills needed to buoy up your attitude when you are facing challenges, push through whatever storm blows in, and set achievable goals to achieve and maintain success.
Focusing on optimism, leadership, and excellence in life and work, Jean is a well-liked and effective speaker with the ability to capture the attention of the most unwilling participant. She's spent her adult life learning from the experts, reading, listening, studying and modeling behaviors and attitudes that uplift, support, and promote optimism, excellence and positivity. She's culled those bits and pieces of solid wisdom into her own presentation; Jean engages her audience immediately with her candor, enthusiasm and engaging delivery. She weaves audience participation, humor, and real life personal stories into her message and seems to effortlessly drive home a critical point without unnecessary repetition or drama.
Jean connects with her audiences by being real. She is who she is with no excuse and no pretense. She often stays to meet and greet with her audiences following a presentation. And they love it. So does she.