Why it Was so Easy to say “Yes!”

August 15, 2012

Every summer since 1932, over 500 people from across the country come together to make the Laguna Beach, California Festival of Arts, a local event with international draw and appeal.

I had the opportunity to see the 2012 production titled “The Genius” firsthand, as my husband was in the orchestra – a truly wonderful way to fill his summer recess from his job with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

I was amazed by the creativity and artistry that morphed the works of famous painters into intricate stage sets with live actors. I was more amazed when I learned that the people on stage, the costume designers, seamstresses, make-up and hair stylists, and everyone else involved with the production, were all volunteers – and their volunteer commitment ran for 60 days.

It started me thinking: What if we all had that level of enthusiasm for our local charities?

What if every opportunity we had to give back to our community filled us with joy, and made us all, individually and collectively, better people, better citizens, better stewards of our world?

That is why it was so easy for me to give an enthusiastic “Yes!” to Molly MacDonald when she asked me to co-chair the 2012 Annual Luncheon benefiting the charity she founded, The Pink Fund.

The Pink Fund provides direct household bill payment for women and men in active treatment for breast cancer who have lost all or a portion of their income as a result of their treatment protocol. I think every one of us knows at least one person whose life has been impacted by this disease, and seen the financial devastation that can ensue as a result.

And so I gratefully accepted the role as co-chair, and I ask you to consider how you might help. Are you willing to volunteer? We need help on the committee, volunteers to assist the day of the event, and much more. The event will be held September 15, in Dearborn. Ticket prices and donation options are detailed on The Pink Fund’s website.

We need people willing to change their own lives by helping to change the lives of others.

How can I make it easy for you to say “Yes”?

Warm Regards,



Alice Was Wrong

June 13, 2012

June 2012 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Alice Cooper took the stage in all his “out there” glory, screaming, “School’s out for summer, School’s out forever…” and like all the other teenage girls back in the ’70s, I rocked along. It was the first concert I ever attended.

All these years later, I think back to those days and realize that Alice was wrong – school is never out, never over, for those of us who value our brains as well as our experiences.

I go to the Apple Store every week for classes on making the most of my MAC. Every week I come loaded with questions, and sometimes I even stump the “Genius Squad” at the store. The cool thing is that they are geeked about having a problem to solve, and in the end, we all gain.

The adage, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears” is only half of the equation. What I’ve learned is that it works both ways – it is equally true that when the teacher is ready, the student appears.

Alice was wrong. School goes on forever, we just change seats now and then.

Just for Today: Take five minutes to write about a time you were a student, and a time you were a teacher. How did the experiences differ?

Then please, drop me an email with your story!

Warm Regards,


Join the Celebration!!

February 25, 2012

Michigan Women's Foundation Celebrates 25 Years of Honoring Women

Your Personal Brand Matters! Jill visits with Betsy and Ellen on their TV Show, “Spectacles”

September 21, 2011

Step Out in Style, including the Scrumptious Brand of YOU!

April 12, 2011

Join personal branding image coach, JILL JORDAN at the remarkable women’s boutique on Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak — BELLOCCHIO UPSCALE RESALE on MONDAY, MAY 2ND and awaken your fashion senses along with creating your unique, signature style.

Jill will help you polish your personal brand image so that others will think of YOU first — whether going for that job interview, looking for a promotion or simply to get your point across in a conversation. YOU are the brand that people buy. What does yours say?

You will have the opportunity to gather with friends, meet some new ones, and hear from the proprietors of BELLOCCHIO — CAROLYN JOSEPH and CAROL DOWLING — as they share their story on how they built this award winning upscale resale shop and continue to be successful during a challenging economy. Their brand continues to grow!

The evening will conclude with a private shopping extravaganza, along with some wine and cheese.

RSVP. Seating limited.
Tickets: $20 with a portion donated to HAVEN


See you there! For more info call 248.408.2432

Powering UP!

March 30, 2011

Powering Up ~ How America’s Women Achievers Become Leaders by Anne Doyle

Check out this recent interview and then pick up the book ~


2011 Women of Achievement & Courage Celebration

March 30, 2011

The Michigan Women’s Foundation honored 5 Women of Achievement & Courage last night with over 500 in attendance at the Motor City Casino’s Grand Ballroom.  If you missed it and would like to get involved as a sponsor or committee member or if you wish to attend next year, please get in touch with me.  The work of this foundation is wonderful and growing fast.

Congratulations to our honorees — Cecile Cave Fehsenfeld ~ Carol Goss ~ Terri Lynn Land ~ Denise Ilitch ~ Marian Ilitch — your heartfelt stories were so touching.  Thank you for all that you do … and are!