About Jean Steel
Jean is an engaging and enthusiastic speaker, whose universal appeal makes her message timely and timeless. She has a knack for providing information in a humorous way: her belief is that laughter and learning are not mutually exclusive. Her motivational talks are in high demand, “to have Jean present guarantees a successful event” claims Dr. Mary Parker, Director of Nursing and Allied Health (Ret.) at Cuesta College.
Jean received her Masters Degree in Wellness/Mind/Body health with the understanding the integration, balance and harmony of an individual’s mental, physical, emotional, social and spiritual self, results in a positive state of well-being. Happiness!
The themes in Jean Steel’s presentations—self-responsibility, looking at the bright side, finding your passion, gratitude and having a zest for living were issues she learned firsthand early in life. She and her siblings moved overseas at an early age, following her father’s passion. Being raised in Africa and Asia gave her an appreciation of life very different than most Americans. That environment created the person Jean is today—able to appreciate the good things in our life that we most often take for granted and recognize the perfect moments in our lives.
Jean loves all animals, laughing till she cries, naps, profanity and would possibly sell her soul for a massage.
About Jenny Molinar
With an extensive background in healthcare and long-term care (specifically memory care) marketing, sales, and administration and partnered with a BA in Journalism from California State University, Long Beach and an MA in Gerontology from the University of Southern California, Jenny marries her education and professional experience in the senior housing field to offer invaluable insight to communities that are looking to improve the resident’s, as well as their families, experience.
Utilizing a “compassionate sales process,” Jenny has achieved impressive census-oriented success which is heavily due to her own personal experience with her grandparents cognitive and physical decline. Jenny also owns GuidedAging, a business which serves families that need dementia-oriented support and assistance with long-term care navigation. Additionally, she possesses her California Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) Administrator Certificate, is a Professional Member (Associate Geriatric Care Manager) of the Aging Life Care Association, serves on the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Services of San Luis Obispo County Board of Directors, and facilitates support groups for the California Central Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Jenny has been with Happy People Win since 2014. She loves pugs, her vinyl record collection, and a great (ok, even a decent) merlot.
Happy People Win's Philosophy
Every person deserves to be HAPPY at home and work.
When my dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at UC Davis, we were devastated. My entire family (mom and four siblings) was up there for the four days of testing and when we heard the results, sat in the room and cried. Then the staff told us, we would be OK. Because while they were testing my dad, they were watching us.
“You all laugh a lot, love each other a lot and are happy. You will survive.”
It wasn’t easy, in fact we cried and hated the disease often on a daily basis. But we laughed more. And loved more. And became even closer. It was a conscious choice. Sometimes a difficult one. But we made it through.
I choose a positive attitude. I also LOVE my job. And think you can too. I am grateful, and think you can be too.
I found my ikigai, the lovely Japanese term of finding your purpose, why you get up in the morning. Two of my favorite quotes explain it pretty well:
“Somedays there won’t be a song in your heart, sing anyway.” — Emory Austin
“Every day might not be good, but there’s something good in every day.” — Unknown
Our overall philosophy is summed up beautifully by the Holstee manifesto:
Jenny says DITTO.
What to Expect
A few different things combined to form Jean’s life purpose of giving back and making a difference. Growing up in Africa and Asia definitely made a difference, but it was primarily her parents who demonstrated throughout her childhood that we are all human, to never to discriminate, be grateful and to always give a helping hand.
Jean donates to a large variety of causes both financially as well as giving her time. She says, “I work to support my habit of donating and volunteering.” Here are a few of her favorites who she donates to monthly.
Hope for Paws rescues dogs and all other animals who are suffering upon the streets and fostering them until they can find permanent, loving families. Their goal is to educate people on the importance of companion animals in our society and to stop the cycle of animal neglect and abuse. It is heartbreaking to discover how many animals are casually abandoned. After watching a few of HFP’s videos (and ugly, ugly crying), Jean knew she had to help, and she sent in a donation. Then, after meeting their founder and rescuer, an unassuming and selfless Eldad Hagar, she started donating monthly.
Orangutan Outreach is a New York-based non-profit organization whose mission is to save the critically endangered orangutans and protect their rainforest home. When Jean heard about the destruction and deforestation of the Indonesian rainforests (the orangutan’s natural habit), and that they are now on the critically endangered list; she needed to learn more. She “adopted” baby Rickina and sends an automatic monthly donation. Jean furthered her education by going on an eco-tour of Sumatra, Indonesia in 2016. Seeing the orangutans in the wild, as well as viewing them seriously injured in the infirmary, changed her life forever.
Total badass Sandy Richardson retired from a career as a teacher and was looking for what she would do next. After reading an article about a pediatrician who had been helping local families with unmet financial needs, she thought the process sounded doable. Upon that thought, San Luis Obispo Womenade was formed. Since 2003, Sandy has donated more than $700,000, 100% of ALL donations are used to support those in crisis. Once Jean heard about their work, and fell in love with the idea of a local (to her) organization, she got involved. Jean asks some of her clients to donate her speaking fee to Give SLO. Win/win.Now SLO Womanade has morphed to Give SLO. Sandy retired in 2019 and a group of dedicated woman took over Sandy’s mission, naming it Give SLO.
Based in San Francisco, Kiva is an international nonprofit with a mission to connect people through lending micro loans to alleviate poverty. They celebrate and support people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities. When Jean was given a gift of a KIVA loan, she went to their site and got to choose where to make an impact and who she wanted to help within that region. Since then, she has done more than 25 loans such as, helping a young seamstress buy material and beads in Tajikistan, helping a student pay for their education in Nicaragua, and helping a farmer buy seed in Rwanda.
Doctors Without Borders, a medical humanitarian organization and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, helps people where the need is greatest by delivering emergency medical aid to those affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care. They provide free medical care, all over the world, and one third of their activity is in active conflict zones. Jean, having been raised overseas and seeing the medical disparity firsthand, having a sister who is a nurse, and having many healthcare industry clients, she started making monthly donations. Her involvement was a no-brainer.
For 70 years, across 190 countries and territories, UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) defends the rights of every child by providing humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. They are a one-stop shop for everything good. UNICEF fights for child safety through protection and inclusion and gender initiatives, for the equal rights of women and girls, while offering continual participation in political, social and economic development around the world. Jean buys their Christmas cards and donates monthly.
I love primates and Project Chimps does too. Project Chimps provides lifelong care to former research chimpanzees at its 236-acre forested sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Donations help get them from the lab to their forever home. Jane Goodall said, “Congratulations to the Project Chimp team on this historic achievement for chimpanzees. I am 100% in support, and am glad this dream is coming true.” There are currently 79 chimpanzees living at the Project Chimps sanctuary, but they are growing fast. Eventually they expect to house over 200 chimpanzees coming from private research facilities. Why I ask would any person NOT want these amazing creatures to lie out their life surrounding by nature and kindness??
Living in Thailand during most of my teenage years, I have a soft spot in my heart for the Thai culture. I was at the same time, horrified with the dog meat trade. Soi Dog Foundation’s mission is to improve the welfare of dogs and cats in Asia, resulting in better lives for both the animal and human communities, to end animal cruelty, and to ultimately create a society without homeless animals. Their holistic mission? RESCUE — STERILIZATION — VACCINATION — MEDICAL TREATMENT — SHELTER — ADOPTION. Warning – their site will break your heart. I am thankful to be able to support them with a monthly donation.
How can you NOT support this amazing organization. Simply – finding cures. Saving children. Their mission – Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. This is what we need in America. Hope. They have spent more than half a century finding cures and saving children, and their groundbreaking research has helped push the survival rate for childhood cancer from 20% in 1962 to more than 80% today. Amazing. Honored to be a small part of their work.
Your seminars were outstanding and well received by staff, they were “on message,” entertaining and interactive—a tremendously entertaining speaker.Dr. R.G. Santa Barbara, Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital
Thank you from the bottom of every student’s heart. You were an overwhelming hit with our students. One student said, “The keynote topic and speaker were so good, and so short. I felt like I wanted to hear more.” It seems every student got the message your were sending. I am so pleased that you made an impact on our students and they enjoyed their day more because of you.M.L, Santa Barbara County Education Office
Jean, you were awesome and the evaluations support it. We all enjoyed your class and the positive impact you made on so many of us in a short period of time. Many thanks to you and the work you do.A.K, Montecito Bank & Trust
It is a rare treat for us to be able to schedule so many of our staff for training, much less the caliber of training that you provide. They are singing your praises.P.L, Lompoc Healthcare District
Jean is an energy shot and a positive attitude adjustment all wrapped up in a in a package of humor, intelligence, and practicality. She has also received uniformly rave reviews from every person I know who has attended one of her presentations.Christine Dietrick, City Attorney, San Luis Obispo
Jean rocks it out of the park with her keynotes and various breakout sessions. At our annual conference in April she sold out of her books due to the high-demand for her materials. Our conference attendees raved about her! We were told by many participants that Jean was one of the best Keynotes/presenters they have seen.Crystal Keenan, Deputy Director, Arizona ALFA
WOW, WOW, WOW….Our conference was a huge success, Jean, largely because of your humor, your energy, and your message. Our attendees loved you in Pasco! Not only am I, personally, looking forward to working with you again, but I would enthusiastically recommend you to all of our LeadingAge state affiliates as well as any other long-term care organizations! Thank you!!!!Pat Sylvia, Director of Education and Member Development at LeadingAge Washington