Jann Freed provides an inspirational message about life’s journey that really resonated with me. Whether you are 25 for 75, Jann has the tools to help you clearly see the path ahead in a clear and positive way.

Susan Voss
Former Iowa Insurance Commissioner

Jann was the keynote speaker at a luncheon for about 600 people. Her message challenged all of us how to make the rest of your life –the best of your life. Her message was uplifting, entertaining (funny), and very inspiring.

Brad Rempe
Senior Lead Advisor, Foster Group

I would highly recommend Jann to facilitate dialogue or make a keynote presentation – she instantly established a rapport and engaged the audience very effectively!

She spoke from her unique position as a professor and author, who has spent a lot of time focused on reflection, grief, introspection, and all the ways in which we do and don’t talk about legacy.

This was a room full of fundraisers and gift officers, who also talk about legacy. Not only did she cause us all to pause, dialogue, and scribble down insights, but I saw more than a few folks dabbing tears as they discussed and journaled.

Ryan Crane
Director of Philanthropy, Des Moines Playhouse

As our keynote speaker, Jann E. Freed, PhD, talked about “Conversations About Death and Other Elephants in the Room” for our 30th annual Mid-Iowa Planned Giving Council Fall Conference.

The talk gave insight that death is not an easy conversation for many but having the tools and approach to make it meaningful for the donor can make a difference when discussing estate planning.

Jann is exceptionally knowledgeable, motivational and successfully challenged us to think differently about end-of-life conversations with donors.

Doyle Monsma
Director of Planned Giving and Major Gifts, Orchard Place

Jann is an enthusiastic presenter who brings positive energy to every room she enters. I have especially appreciated panel discussions she’s facilitated with a women’s group where she thoughtfully engaged both the panelists and event participants.

Lynne Yontz
Chief Charitable Giving Officer Greater Des Moines Foundation

Dr. Jann Freed has a rich background and experiences grounding the insights and analyses she offers. She truly listens and provides actionable suggestions. She will get you unstuck and see the numerous opportunities in every situation. She is the Executive Coach one needs to become their best.

Gül E. Kremer, Ph.D.
Dean | School of Engineering, The University of Dayton

My husband and I had been talking a lot about our respective goals and what we wanted to accomplish over the next several years and needed some help figuring out how to put it all together. Dr. Freed led us through the Strategic Futuring© framework, which provided us both with deeper insight around our respective motivation and helped us talk through how to best support each other in achieving our goals. I’m pleased to say that we accomplished most of our goals.

Mollie Phukan
Recovery and Resiliency Program Officer - Small Business Growth Philanthropy at Wells Fargo

I have had the pleasure of connecting with Jann on many community-supporting initiatives. Most recently, we had Jann speak at the Iowa Downtown Conference to an audience of community organizers from across the state. From discussions about taking care of our career (and life) well-being to leaving a breadcrumb legacy in small ways throughout our lives, Jann’s message rang true with me personally and with our entire audience. She is a dynamic speaker who leads by example and demonstrates her knowledge through her lived experiences.

Michael Wagler
Iowa Economic Development Authority

Wow.  I have heard leadership presenters before but Jann is the first who made me think and actually plan to put into motion her ideas and message.   At our Downtown Development conference, Jann spoke effectively and passionately about not waiting to make a difference,  but beginning our legacy work now and every day.  I highly recommend her to motivate your current and future leaders.  Jann’s upbeat and charismatic style kept everyone engaged.

 

Jim Engle
Iowa Downtown Resource Center, Iowa Economic Development Authority

Jann facilitated a session on “Building a Community of Inspired Teams” with a large number of our Operations Leadership. She did a great job engaging the audience by drawing from their experience. She was a breath of fresh air – leaving us energized to go out and motivate our teams to higher levels of engagement and productivity.

Brad Stoefen
Training & Development Manager, HNI Workplace Furnishings

Jann spoke with deep knowledge of her research and practices in a concise and thoughtful flow. An energetic speaker with strong ownership of her valued wisdom and advice…not to be missed.

Priscilla Dickinson Sayeed
Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley

I highly recommend Jann Freed’s book, Leading with Wisdom: Sage Advice from 100 Experts. This book clearly identifies eight practices of great leaders, provides clear examples of the practices in action, and includes activities to implement the practices into daily life. This work is truly inspirational.

Dr. Julia A. Teahen
Baker College Online

Jann was easy to communicate with, flexible, and professional. Jann delivered a keynote speach as well as a working session on developing your leadership legacy. The participants of the forum found Jann to be thorough, engaging and an expert at the topic of developing a leadership legacy.

Mickey Hauber Pliakos
John Deere Global SAP Services

Jann was more than a great guide, she was amazing. Her own openness made the process meaningful and productive. I found myself with the tools to create a better work environment for myself and co-workers, as well as the resources to continue growing long after the process.

Joy Talmon
United Way

Jann’s executive development coaching has been one of the most valuable experiences in my career. She helped me to recognize the importance of making connections and networking in the community to broaden my horizons and identify opportunities to develop myself. Her work with me on identifying my values and creating a vision was especially helpful.

Shannon Bieliski
De Lage Landen (DLL)

I highly recommend Jann Freed’s book, Leading with Wisdom: Sage Advice from 100 Experts. This book clearly identifies eight practices of great leaders, provides clear examples of the practices in action, and includes activities to implement the practices into daily life. This work is truly inspirational.

Craig A. Wassenaar
Wassenaar Financial Group

Dr. Jann Freed has spoken to our emerging leaders several times, and on each occasion, she brings wisdom, insight, new perspective, and enthusiasm to the concept of leadership.   Her approach is informative and engaging, and attendees always leave the classes feeling inspired and confident to take on new opportunities.

Penny Sullivan
General Manager Mittera Iowa

Jann’s integrity and expertise quickly engaged the audience; she connected in a very conversational style while challenging us to think deeply about our individual and collective legacies. Jann’s humorous yet profound stories established her as a lifelong learner, teacher, seeker and mentor. She repeatedly credited others for their roles in her journey, especially in writing her several books. The employees’ warm response, fresh ideas and positive feedback capped off the entire experience.

Kate Milligan
FBL Financial Group, Inc.

Jann is friendly, approachable, extremely knowledgeable, and best of all quite likeable. I would, without hesitation, and with enthusiasm attend one of her presentations. She continues to inspire me!

Kevin A. King
Market President, Ohnward Bank & Trust

Dr. Freed provided our keynote address as well as a break-out session…she provided an informative and relatable presentation.

Hollie Tometich
Ottumwa Leadership Academy

Jann is an excellent speaker and opened the floor to related questions, providing in-depth answers to all. Many attendees complimented Jann on her presentation and knowledge on the subject matter.

Kim DeFily
CBRE

Dr. Freed delivered the perfect keynote address for our group… Inspiring, Encouraging and Insightful!

Kim Colby
President, Seniors on the Move

Dr. Freed offers powerful ways for people to discover and connect with what is most important in their lives. She gave us great examples of how to use this new way of thinking at work and in our own personal lives. I’ve adopted several of her suggestions and feel better about how I can impact our community in ways I hadn’t considered.

Denny Linderbaum
President & COO, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines Foundation

Jann Freed is a dynamic speaker and teacher who effectively educates and inspires her audiences and clients– from college kids to C-level executives in corporate and not-for-profit organizations – to think strategically and make purposeful change. Jann’s impressive academic background coupled with her “real-world” strategy experience make her a valuable leader, consultant and speaker. Jann’s Beyond the Money workshop is an absolute must for everyone who wants to be successful in their next phase of life.

Bob Burkhart
BSN, RN, Retired Airforce

Jann Freed is a dynamic speaker and teacher who effectively educates and inspires her audiences and clients– from college kids to C-level executives in corporate and not-for-profit organizations – to think strategically and make purposeful change.  Jann’s impressive academic background coupled with her “real-world” strategy experience make her a valuable leader, consultant and speaker.

Suzanna de Bacca
President and Publisher Business Publications, Inc.

Jann’s high energy and enthusiasm are outshined only by the depth of her research and command of the topic.  She has a passion for learning, so she brings you the most up-to-date and insightful information that you can put immediately into action.

Leisha Barcus
CEO, YMCA Des Moines

Jann recently presented a highly informative, well received workshop for our Metro Women Connect group entitled Disrupting HR: Thinking Beyond the Money! Jann is an insightful and engaging presenter who enthusiastically shares her knowledge with any group.

Bobbi Segura
Women Lead Change, Regional Manager

Dr. Freed’s presentation to our Legacy Group at SIOR’s recent Fall World Conference was dynamic, thought-provoking, and inspiring. She provided us with helpful questions to consider, and possible roadmaps to follow, as we begin the next chapter in our personal and professional lives.

Virginia Antevil
Director of Administration, Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS (SIOR), Washington, DC

As a new Leader, Jann’s workshops were very timely for me.   She included helpful suggestions and ways to think about leadership that I had not considered.  I enjoyed the discussions with other leaders to gain insight on how to deal with constant change in the workplace environment.

Beth Wahlstrom
Customer Service Supervisor, American Enterprise

Every organization experiences change in order to grow and be successful.  This series of workshops is a great opportunity for leaders at all levels to better understand and develop the skills necessary to effectively understand and deal with this change.

John Scheffler
Underwriting Supervisor, American Enterprise

With gratitude and excitement, I recommend Dr. Jann Freed as a speaker.  Jann gave the most inspiring message about becoming a sage, mentoring, and keeping relevance to senior careers at the Legacy Members meeting at SIOR (Society of Office and Industrial Realtors). Jann helped our group focus on what goals and objectives will be long into our group’s future.

Kevin Crowley
COO/Manager, SIOR

For companies that care about their employees and want to support them at every stage of their career, I encourage you to offer Jann Freed’s Beyond the Money course.  We introduced an early retirement program and wanted to fully prepare our team members to make an informed decision in preparation for retirement.  Jann’s Beyond The Money course helped our team members think about their retirement from the lens of finding a purpose and leaving a legacy.  During the course, Jann provides participants practical tools and resources. Our team members departed encouraged and excited about their future retirement.

Jim Plagge
CEO Bank Iowa

Dr. Freed did an excellent job presenting at our AARP volunteer recognition ceremony on ‘Why Purpose is Powerful.’ Her presentation was insightful, and she wove in personal anecdotes making it entertaining as well. I would recommend Dr. Feed to anyone looking to inspire a group and help them identify their purpose at any stage in life.

Brad Anderson
AARP Iowa State Director

The session was very well attended with positive feedback from all participants. The employees appreciated the investment the company made in their journey after retirement. We will definitely hold more sessions!

Marsha Aldridge
Vice President, IMT Insurance

The most compelling message that Dr. Jann delivers is to think about what you want your legacy to be – not at your job but after your job. Over 70% of those team members who attended one of Dr. Jann’s sessions wanted more information, so we’ve scheduled some more in depth sessions later this year.

Joyce E. McDanel
VP of Human Resources and Education, Unity Point