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Meet Jen Cohen of Seven Stones Leadership Group in Concord

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jen Cohen.

Jen, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My business partner, Gina LaRoche, and I founded Seven Stones Leadership in 2009 to offer a new worldview and invite everyone to help us create it: one wide enough and deep enough to heal a planet; one generative enough to build a new model for doing business and defining success; one far-reaching enough to generate new metrics and a new economics; and one solid enough to allow people to experience deeply the truth of who they are.

We immerse you in a totally new experience—the feeling that fills you when you allow scarcity to give way to abundance, whether in your home or in your work. We call this experience the “Seven Stones of Sustainable Abundance”: respect, love, courage, truth, opportunity, wisdom and clarity. Each stone rests on and supports the others to transform how we see our fellow human beings, our organizations, the natural world and ourselves. Courage overcomes fear; love and respect dissolve contempt and disregard; truth exposes dishonesty; opportunity opens closed minds; and clarity and wisdom reveal a better way forward.

Today, Seven Stones is a vibrant community of inspired leaders who bring respect, clarity, truth and love to everything we do. And you’re invited.

Has it been a smooth road?
We spent 20 years formulating cutting-edge theory and practice in leadership development—so it took a serious investment of resources! We’re also moms, spouses, and members of various communities so we needed to resolve work/life balance for ourselves first.

One of our more interesting challenges was completing our forthcoming book – The 7 Laws of Enough: Cultivating a Life of Sustainable Abundance https://www.amazon.com/s?field-keywords=7+laws+of+enough —to be released by Parallax Press on June 19. Our approach is informed by the latest research in neuroscience and the brain/body connection, philosophy, ontology, and human development principles plus communication and trust building. So, articulating our approach in a simple way that every reader can access stretched us.

We are lucky to attract talented people and creative professionals who want their lives and their actions to contribute to a better world for all of us. Those relationships and connections provide great comfort and smart opportunities to help us grow as founders, as business partners, and as individuals.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Seven Stones Leadership Group story. Tell us more about the business.
We partner with change makers and leaders committed to making an imprint on the world through their presence and action. We help you make a permanent shift in your relationship to: money, time, relationship, leading, resources, your place in the scheme of things, your legacy, your presence, your ability to reach wide and deep and fulfill on your commitments.

Seven Stones is a leadership journeys company, offering courses, coaching, organizational consulting and thought leadership. We also do keynotes and facilitate corporate trainings. And we also create and sell resources and tools to help people live and lead from sufficiency.

My proudest moment happened on the final day of a six-month learning journey where people get certified to use our curriculum in their work. Each graduating student presented a project that applied the distinctions of sustainable abundance in the life, work or community. Some people wove the distinctions into university courses they teach. One woman brought the distinctions into an organization where she consults and coaches. One person re-branded their entire business to support the work of building a world that is both sustainable and abundant for all beings. Another created interactive public art to engage residents in a park. As each person shared and offered their visual presentation of the Seven Laws of Enough, I was overwhelmed with gratitude and awe. Watching incredible people take your life’s work and build upon it, incorporate it into their work and their legacy, and also advance it to the next level is truly gratifying.

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Patti Belle Hastings

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