Jen Marr, Author, Founder and CEO - Inspiring Comfort
Jen Marr is a Speaker, Author, and Founder and CEO of Inspiring Comfort. She has utilized her 30 years of experience in business, leadership development, and the healthcare industry to research, develop, and offer solutions to our current mental health crisis.
Ten years ago, Jen had a front row seat to the Sandy Hook tragedy and to the Boston Marathon bombing. She immediately began working in crisis response and recovery efforts. She saw first-hand the need for ongoing support for those who are struggling. In doing this, she realized there is a massive gap between people who are struggling and people who want to help, but don’t know how. This is when Inspiring Comfort was born.
Since then, Jen has been immersed in trauma research and developing programs that address this gap. Her work in the field of human connection has made indelible impact on the lives of countless people. She is passionate about furthering the science of human connection and has worked with researchers and thought leaders across the country to cultivate cultures of care through the critical life skill of comfort.
This movement is taking root in notable organizations including the White House Leadership Development Program, the National Suicide Lifeline, Georgetown University, Northeastern University, The New York Office of Mental Health, and the American Association of Suicidology.
Key takeaways from this episode:
- Cultivate an empathic workplace culture based on skills rather than emotions
- When you care for people, they will care for you
- You don’t have to try and fix your employee’s problems but you do have to acknowledge them and strive to support them
What to listen for:
[02:39] A background formed by trauma
[06:27] Bridging the gap between caring about and caring for people
[11:27] Assessing behaviors that create barriers
[16:28] Why Gen Z is leaving the workforce
[22:54] Understanding empathy is an emotion, not a skill
[25:58] Activating hearts over minds
[34:30] Jen’s self-limiting story
[36:05] Quick questions with Jen
[40:31] Jen’s challenge to leaders for making a more human workplace
- Check out Jen's Website - Inspiring Comfort