Ben’s Bells Speaking Engagements set the stage for the practice of intentional kindness in your workplace, school, organization, or group. A member of Ben’s Bells Education Team talks about our mission and founding, explains the science of kindness, and discusses the program tenets that inform our kindness programming. From learning about how our brains work to kind communication to motivational talks about the power of kindness in our daily lives, presentations are an effective addition for a variety of settings.
A Conversation on Kindness
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. 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. Presentations are appropriate for a variety of settings – educational, corporate, non-profit, etc. – and can focus on change, leadership, grief or self-kindness.
Read more about Jeannette's Story here.
The Kind Mind
A member of our Ben’s Bells Education Team (see below) will discuss the ways kindness can effect positive change with “The Kind Mind.” This talk explores the ways we can implement evidence-based practices of intentional kindness as a powerful skill in daily life. During the presentation, you will learn about the science that helps us understand the nature of our mental experience, including why it is sometimes difficult to be kind. You will also discover that practicing kindness as a skill empowers us to respond rather than react. This informative and inspiring talk will leave you ready to start your intentional kindness practice today! Speakers include: Laura Gronewold, PhD (Tucson & Phoenix); Christy Brown (Phoenix); and Cody Foss (Connecticut and New York).
Read more about our speakers here.
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What others are saying about A Conversation on Kindness ...
We recently had Jeannette Mare speak to our staff here at the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF). Our decision to bring Jeannette in was partly based on the fact that we had experienced a great deal of change within the organization over the previous few months and we knew Jeannette would have a message that would help all of us navigate this new and unchartered territory for SAAF. Jeannette certainly met and exceeded our expectations with her Conversation on Kindness. Jeannette’s honesty and courage in sharing her story was truly inspirational. It was so exciting to watch as our staff engaged with Jeanette and asked great questions while furthering the conversation on kindness and helping us all to see that, while difficult at first, sudden change can bring incredible opportunities for transformational growth and development.
- Wendell Hicks, Executive Director, Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation
In 2011, I co-chaired the Arizona State Conference for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and invited Jeannette Mare´ to provide one of our Keynote addresses. Jeannette conveys the power of human connection through a compelling, highly engaging and even humorous presentation on the science and evidence behind the practice of kindness. She challenges her audience to really understand what it means to be kind – to strangers, to people close to us, and perhaps most importantly, to ourselves. People were clearly moved by Jeannette’s presentation and continued to talk about it throughout the conference. It was truly a highlight of our conference.
- Jenny Carrillo, MA, CFRE, Alexander | Carrillo Consulting