Where in the world is JeannieB?

I ask myself that question every day, so it’s not odd if you’ve been wondering as well. Where did I go?

It’s been 2 years since I actively worked on stage as a keynote speaker, or coordinated a workshop to train a corporate team.

So where have I been? One hashtag: #ontheroad4recovery – Two words: 10,000 Beds – Or three words if you spell it out: Ten Thousand Beds.

No, I have not been selling mattresses, collecting bed frames, or working as a madame in Las Vegas (my favorite guess about what 10,000 Beds is all about from a guy at a gas station in “Lost Wages”). I’ve been #ontheroad4recovery with 10,000 Beds, the 501c3 nonprofit organization I started after my son dove head first into the world of addiction and I became the enabling mom. Thank God he’s in recovery and I figured out how to appropriately love him during his addiction and support him in his recovery. So, we are grateful, very, very grateful, and as a result, everything we do through 10,000 Beds comes from a place of gratitude!

In the past two years 10,000 Beds has awarded more than $2,000,000 (TWO MILLION DOLLARS) in treatment scholarships for hundreds of clients without resources, battling addiction, and seeking help. And our goal is to award $5,000,000 in treatment bed scholarships in 2018.  

It’s been a wild ride, but life changing and energizing too. We will be criss crossing the US in “Big Blue” (see pic below) through November 2018! (No wonder I never know where I am!)

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BUT…that’s not all I will be doing. 

It’s time for me to return to my love of speaking, to my love of meeting new people who inspire me at the same time I am striving to inspire them to excellence.

So many people have supported me as I’ve worked to return to this love of mine: Lois Creamer, Nancy Vogl, Rena Romano, Lisa Braithwaite, Pilar Ortiz, Elizabeth McCormick, Michelle Villalobos, and Elaine Pasqua to name a few…all members of the National Speakers Association. These women have inspired me with kind words of advice, mounds of encouragement, and motivational nudges to get me back in front of some of my favorite people – my audience.

I’ve been in leadership since my youth. I’ve crawled up the corporate ladder and jumped down from it too.

And now, here I am again, leading a national organization that is not only recognized for its ethical and humanitarian achievements in the addiction treatment industry, but also known to thousands of families and individuals affected by addiction.

10,000 Beds has been written about, talked about, and honored. We are thrilled to have been interviewed multiple times by the one and only  Randall Carlisle of ABC4Utah, and on top of that, we are growing exponentially even as I type.

There is so much I want to share, so many personal experiences I want to translate into career changing lessons for leaders and their team members, all from this wild and crazy corporate world I’ve once again found myself in. Whether for profit or nonprofit, the role of corporate leader is challenging on every level. Having said that…I can hardly wait to get started! 

Leaders need inspiration. They need nudges. They need training too, because…

Leaders aren’t born…or are they?

I believe effective leadership skills can be learned, but I believe true leadership competency comes from within; an innate ability to inspire excellence in everyone around you, to build something from nothing, and to make those hard decisions that take a company to heights no one else imagined.

My name is Jean Krisle. I am a leader. And I am right here, present and accounted for.

Watch for me on stage, because I  AM BACK!


Jean Krisle is the CEO/Founder of 10,000 Beds, Inc. a 501c3 nonprofit organization with the mission of recovery. She is currently #OnTheRoad4Recovery, traveling the US to elevate awareness, change perceptions around addiction and recovery, and connect with people affected by addiction. Jean speaks to teams to inspire success after change, whether it’s recovery from addiction, a personal loss, or a new challenge. She also speaks to CEOs to inspire vision, collaboration and stronger leadership for greater success.You can connect with Jean at the 2017 ETHOS conferences in Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia and New Orleans. Or you can reach her at jean@10000beds.org. You can also support 10,000 Beds by making a contribution today to help provide scholarships for those without resources seeking help for addiction. (Jean’s maiden name is Baugh, and many dear friends – and a few of her kids – call her JeannieB).