Former track standout comes home to promote new book

Entrepreneur, painter and performer Jeanna Brown accomplished plenty on the track field as a student-athlete hurdler, sprinter and long jumper at Cretin Derham Hall. She qualified for state in the latter event as a senior before graduating in 1989.

Brown, who currently resides in Los Angeles, will be home this weekend for a meet-and-greet to promote her latest book entitled I Have Permission: Decide and Move On! at Golden Thyme Coffee shop Friday, May 26, 4-7 pm.

Her motivation for writing the book was to encourage women to confront obstacles they might face in entrepreneurship.

Jeanna Brown MSR file photo

“As I’ve coached women in the past, I’ve found a recurring theme,” said Brown, who has been the CEO of Coach Jeanna, a consulting business she started in 2007. “They seem to be waiting for permission to take control. Some are entrepreneurs and some are starting out,” she continued. “They are afraid to make mistakes.”

Brown, a sought-after speaker and development coach for women, has authored a previous book while collaborating on another. She is the author of Look and Feel Fabulous Now and wrote a chapter on goal setting for Step Into Your Vision. The latter, in which inspirational leaders share their goal-setting secrets, became an Amazon #1 best seller.

Brown graduated with a communications degree from St. Thomas University, and will be in town to promote her latest publication in familiar surroundings.

“The purpose of my visit is to share the book with my Twin Cities family and connect with people I haven’t seen in a long time,” she said. “This book is written to promote self-help and self-motivation. It’s about empowerment and encouragement.”

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