Jewel’s unique story began on an Alaskan homestead- with no electricity- where her family survived off the land. Her New York Times best-selling memoir Never Broken chronicles how she used hard work, grit and grace to survive and thrive under extreme circumstances.
Jewel discovered a variety of mental health tools as a child living in adverse circumstances, helping her to go from homelessness to happiness. She has built her career sharing her wisdom through music, poetry, books and a wellness curriculum that inspires physical, emotional and mental health. Her lyrics calmed a generation of listeners with the phrase, “If I could tell the world just one thing, it would be that we’re all ok.” And “worry is wasteful in times like these.”
For over thirty years Jewel worked with the top psychologists, experts and practitioners to create her System which has 10 Pillars of Healing and Growth and 30 tools to inspire physical, emotional and mental health. Jewel’s System has been used to create curriculum and products for nonprofits, school districts, corporations and consumers.
For two decades, Jewel’s system and Inspiring Children Foundation (ICF) have been helping to revolutionize education with a cutting-edge model that completely transforms the lives of at-risk youth. By empowering children struggling with financial hardship, anxiety, depression and mental health challenges the program provides youth with the ultimate environment to survive, then thrive at the highest levels. The Foundation’s best in class student led mental health programming is informed by mindfulness, meditation, entrepreneurship, mentoring, project driven learning, athletics (tennis) and a special peer-to-peer support group and certification. The program uses aspects of Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), trauma treatment, and group counseling.
Jewel founded Jewel Inc., which is a holding company for all her passions and work in music, TV, film and entrepreneurial endeavors. Jewel has co-created human development, education and mental health programs in hopes of helping more people to become whole humans by partnering with existing delivery systems. The curriculum has been repurposed to scale Jewel’s System into music and wellness festivals, online summits, K-6 Curriculum for schools, consulting and programming for corporations.
Most recently Jewel co-founded and is the Chief Strategy Officer of Inner.World. Innerworld is a virtual community where members can work through mental health challenges safely and anonymously. It’s a peer-led model where people can teach each other the tools of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (the gold standard of therapy) Cognitive and a proprietary Cognitive Behavioral Immersion. This is Jewel’s latest project in her mission to scale wisdom.
To marry her music with her passion for mental health Jewel also co-founded The Wellness Experience, a music-food & wellness festival with almost 500 brands to bring physical, emotional and mental health to the masses.
Jewel’s free mindfulness and mental health websites help high performing students, executives, parents, athletes and artists. To this end Jewel is partnering with some of the world’s most innovative companies like Kroger, Johnson & Johnson, P&G, Zappos, Car Saver, WeWork and Saks Fifth Avenue to help deliver happiness into people’s everyday lives at work and at home.
Jewel’s System and curriculum is designed to help people gain tone and strength in all areas of their lives and most importantly as friends, associates and contributors to society. She has authentically become one the most notable spokespersons and advocates for the modern-day wellness, mental health and mindfulness movement. Jewel has used her platform to advocate for mental health and to encourage organizations to “invest in human capital” at some of the most prestigious conferences in the world including SALT Hedge Fund conference, Fortune’s Most Powerful Woman, Wisdom 2.0 and The Wellness Experience. As Founding partner and curator for the Scale Global Conference in Las Vegas Jewel is helping to bring the world’s top leaders in finance, policy, tech, and the arts together to find common ground and ways to scale successfully as a society.