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Speaking

Members of our talented Education team are available to speak to your group of any age in a variety of settings including team or club meetings, conferences, classrooms, corporate or non-profit groups, and more, either in-person or virtually. Our speakers use their knowledge of the science of kindness and the role of kindness in building kind communities to inspire the practice of kindness in your audience.

About Our Speakers

Jeannette Maré

Ben’s Bells founder and Chief Kindness Officer

Tucson, Arizona

Jeannette is a passionate public speaker who will inspire your audience to practice kindness as a way of life. Using humor and storytelling, Jeannette will share her experiences with kindness in the face of devastating grief, as well as her transformative work with Ben’s Bells. Jeannette has been studying and teaching kindness for over two decades. In that time, she has done a lot of listening, observing, and learning and has developed a range of ideas and practices to help us increase kindness in our lives at home, school, work, and throughout our community. She will discuss the robust body of research on the science of kindness and how she is contributing to that research as a PhD student at the University of Arizona. Jeannette’s talks are always customized to your needs and may focus on kindness and grief, change, leadership, and communication.

Cody Foss

Connecticut Regional Manager

Bethel, Connecticut

Cody holds an MS in Health Sciences and a BA in Sociology and has 25 years of experience in health and wellness and not-profits. He has worked as a community leader, allied health professional, public presenter, author, and manager/owner of multiple facilities in NYC and Fairfield County, CT. Cody has passionately created, directed, and participated in several community engagements, including programs focusing on helping children. These programs have been collaborative efforts with multiple local and national organizations with a focus on teaching kindness, empathy, compassion, and other social-emotional skills on a community-wide basis. In addition to his professional engagement, Cody is also involved with various local organizations, including serving as a volunteer youth coach.

Autumn Rentmeester

Director of Development and Outreach

Tucson, Arizona

Autumn Rentmeester’s energy and passion provides a fun and engaging learning environment for all ages. She brings over 20 years experience as a professional facilitator, trainer, and leader to your school or workplace. Every presentation will teach your audience something new about the practice of kindness, whether you are new to the Ben’s Bells mission, or have followed our progression for the last 20 years. Autumn is a local Tucsonan and enjoys supporting her community by volunteering with various non-profits, serving on multiple boards, and helping at her daughters’ schools.