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2017: North American Book Award GOLD Goes To Client

Ernest J. Lombard, FAIA worked with Jana Kemp to produce his book Life-A-Tecture: Build and Experience-Driven Life. They are pleased to announce that Life-A-Tecture has been awarded the GOLD medal in the Travel category of the North American Book Awards (NABA). Previous NABA winners have included Pulitzer prize winning author Anthony Doerr.

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1993-2013: Celebrating 20 Years of Service

September 19, 2013, Eagle, Idaho – Meeting & Management Essentials hosted a celebratory party for customers, clients, and friends at the company’s bank, Mountain West Bank in Eagle, Idaho. Many were surprised to learn that founder Jana Kemp now has seven published books in seven languages; has appeared in O the Oprah Magazine; has hosted and appeared on live radio programs for over six years; served as a newspaper column contributor for more than eight years; and graduated from the Idaho State Police Academy while keeping business going. When asked “How do all of your products and services relate to each other?” Jana replies: “All of my work is about making improved decisions at work and in life! Whether it is a facilitated meeting, a workshop, or a book, reaching best-possible decisions is the recurring theme.”

Boise, Idaho – Are You Prepared or Paranoid?

Idaho authors Jana Kemp and Doug Graves hint at this question in their new book Prepared Not Paranoid (Praeger, 2008). In the wake of 9/11, many Americans feel their individual safety is threatened by forces they cannot control. Some take drastic measures and move from metropolitan areas thought to be targets, as we’ve seen with some of our newest Idaho residents. Most however, stay put and try to find ways to protect themselves in their homes, their workplaces, and their communities.

A sense of vulnerability or uncertainty can undermine feelings of safety and security. Today’s dangerous world calls for daily personal power that overcomes paranoia and puts people back in control of their lives and their sense of safety. While most Idahoans feel fairly safe moving about daily life, we have seen an increase in youth-attacks, in home invasion, and drug-relatedcommunity safety challenges over the last decade.

Drawing on 34 years of law enforcement work and training, co-authors Jana Kemp and Doug Graves present useful information and practical guidelines for keeping yourself, family members, children at school, and co-workers as safe as possible every day. Prepared Not Paranoid presents methods for recognizing challenges or threats, innovative ways of thinking about safety, checklists with actions to take in various settings, and items to have handy when traveling. This book serves as a guide for safe daily living, not as a self-defense manual. The authors raise awareness and offer important information so people feel more confident moving through daily life as safely as possible.

Bookstores and online book-sellers are carrying the book.

Author notes:

Jana Kemp is the founder and owner of Boise-based, 15 year old Meeting & Management Essentials. She is also the author of Moving Meetings (English and Italian); No! How One Simple Word Can Transform Your Life (English, Turkish, Polish, Dutch, Arabic, Chinese); Building Community in Buildings; and Moving Out of the Box.

Doug Graves is the immediate past Deputy Director of the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Academy. He teaches at the Idaho POST academy and is a senior partner of Law Enforcement Training and Resources (LETR) a law enforcement training company that provides a variety of training resources to law enforcement on a local, state and federal level.

2008-2010: Boise, Idaho

Combining their expertise in Green Building design and productive buildings, Suzie Hall, LEED AP, ASID, Ken Baker, LEED AP, and Jana Kemp, have teamed to deliver GreenSteps services and GreenSteps Sessions for determining just how Green an organization may choose to go.

GreenSteps’ mission is to provide technical and project management expertise for new building as well as tenant improvement projects. The team’s range of services includes: getting started with your Green goals; Education for your organization and your clients; Design consultation; Project Management; GreenBuilding Program application process management; and Sustainability of ongoing Green efforts.

Baker is an energy efficiency expert and a sought-after educator on energy topics. He built his home in 2003 according to Green principles.

Kemp and Baker co-authored Building Community in Buildings (Praeger, 2007). Kemp is an internationally recognized author and speaker on business management topics.

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March 2007 – Kemp Recognized for 5 Years of Student Judging

This year marks the fifth year of Jana Kemp’s volunteer judging for the Business Professionals of America. “I believe that encouraging today’s students ensures a future with strong leaders,” says Kemp. Over Kemp’s 14 years of business ownership she has also volunteer judged events for Ada County 4-H programs, Canyon County 4-H programs, and middle-school essay contests. “It is great to see what good-kids are going because it gives me hope for our future,” concludes Kemp.

February 2007 – Kemp Awarded for 13th Year

Jana Kemp, founder of Meeting & Management Essentials will be honored as a 2006 Ruby Award winner at the Inscape Publishing’s MindLab Training Conference in San Diego on April 20, 2007. Ruby Award status is based on qualifying purchases of instrumented learning assessments and support materials from Inscape.

“Based on her nearly two decades of working with our materials, I commend Jana Kemp’s dedication to delivering customer-focused solutions using high-quality learning assessments and support tools,” remarked Jeffrey Sugerman, president and CEO of Inscape Publishing. “Our award-winning distribution partners are key to crafting training and development solutions that create real results for companies and employees around the world.”

Inscape Publishing is an international publisher of research-based learning instruments that improve individual and organizational performance. The company is best known for its DiSC® learning resources, a behavioral model and set of tools that have been used for nearly three decades by more than 40 million people worldwide. It is held by The Riverside Company, the largest private equity firm specializing in investments at the smaller end of the middle market.

Kemp Named Among 2006 Women of the Year

February 22, 2007 – Boise, Idaho – Jana Kemp, founder of Meeting & Management Essentials, author and former Idaho Representative, has been recognized by the Idaho Business Review as one of Idaho’s 2006 Women of the Year. Her accomplishments in business, service to the community and to the state of Idaho, as well as her mentoring of other small business owners are among the reasons cited for the award. “I’m pleased to be recognized as one of the 25 women recognized this year,” says Kemp. “It is always nice to be appreciated for the good works you feel you are doing in the community.”

“O” Magazine Appearance

April 2007 – Author Jana Kemp will appear in the O-Oprah Magazine this month talking about how to find three hours in each day. Recognized as a time management expert, Kemp offers everyday tips for making the most out of each day.

Sarah Curtis, Sun Valley Today

April 2007 – Sun Valley Today television host Sarah Curtis says of Jana Kemp “You are one of my favorite guests – I want you to keep coming back.” Over a two-year period, Kemp has appeared on the program half-a-dozen times to share tips for mastering the use of the word NO as adults and as parents. Sun Valley Today reaches residents and travelers in the Wood River Valley of Idaho.

Inscape Publishing Recognizes Kemp for 9th Year

January 2003 – Inscape Publishing has recognized Meeting & Management Essentials’ founder Jana M. Kemp for the ninth consecutive year for her top sales achievements. Publisher of the Personal Profile System, Time Mastery Profile and dozens of other training resources, Inscape Publishing held its annual sales recognition event in Palm Springs California. U.S. and international distributors were recognized. Only three percent of distributors are recognized for annual wholesale purchases over $30,000. Kemp is among the company’s three percent of top sales achievers due to her product knowledge, content support and sales of materials.

Montana Landscape and Nursery Association Delighted with Kemp

January 2002 Missoula, MT – Snow kept Jana Kemp from arriving for the 2001 Montana Landscape and Nursery Association’s annual conference. The 2002 Conference attendees report that it was worth the wait. Kemp’s presentations were on Time and Priority Management and Working with Difficult People. With over half of the conference attendees in the room (120 in the session), standing room only and Kemp’s high-energy presentation kept attention during the presentation. Kemp’s facilitation skills sparkled when during the Difficult People presentation the lights in the hotel facility went out. She kept cool and directed attendees through the steps of exiting the building without losing a beat. Fortunately, the power-outage was only a temporary distraction and the session finished on time.

HSMAI invites Kemp to Return

December 2001 Washington, D.C. – After a successful presentation on Powerful Meeting Content to the Hospitality Sales Managers Association International (HSMAI) annual international Conference in Washington D.C., September 2001, Jana Kemp was invited to present the session again at the regional conferences in Chicago and San Francisco in 2002. Look for her in a city near you.

Kemp Presents to Russian Grocers

November 2001 Boise, Idaho – Caldwell Idaho Optimist Club members hosted a delegation of fifteen Russian Grocers in order to share American business and grocery practices. Meeting & Management Essentials founder Jana M. Kemp was one of the half-day presenters to the group. Working with the delegation’s facilitator and interpreter, Kemp delivered a session focused on time management, meeting management and communication skills. Acclaimed for her presentation, Kemp has been invited to Russia to further present business training.

National Rural Electric Cooperative Invites Kemp to Return

October 2001 Savannah, Georgia – Returning for a second time to the annual National Rural Electric Cooperative’s Executive Assistant’s Conference, Jana Kemp delivered two sessions on Meeting Management skills. Favorable reviews keep her on the repeat-presenter roster for this conference.

Kemp becomes columnist for another paper

June 2001 – Now writing for the Idaho Business Review every other week, Jana Kemp is busily contributing to workplace success with her column Lessons Learned. This column is an outgrowth of her 40 under 40 recognition (see next press release) in March of this year. Kemp continues into her third year writing business columns for the Idaho Press Tribune and into the third year of hosting live business-radio programs every Saturday morning on KBOI (670am) in Boise.

Kemp recognized as one of Idaho’s 40 under 40

March 2001 – Annually the Idaho Business Review recognizes 40 business people under the age of 40. This year, Meeting & Management Essentials founder Jana M. Kemp was one of the enterprising business people given recognition. During a celebratory luncheon, Kemp was recognized for her business success and for her continuous community involvement and contributions.

Seven Years of Sales Recognition

February 2001 – For the seventh consecutive year, Jana Kemp was recognized by Inscape Publishing for outstanding sales achievement. Training materials in English and 40 other languages are available through Kemp’s company Meeting & Management Essentials. Learning tools such as the DiSC Personal Profile System, the Time Mastery Profile and others are available. Call 800-701-9447 or email for a catalog.

Kemp Recognized at International Learning Conference

March 2000 Boise, ID – Jana Kemp, founder of Meeting & Management Essentials was presented a Gold Executive award for outstanding sales achievement at the 21st annual Carlson International Business Conference hosted by Carlson Learning Company in Palm Springs California. Meeting & Management Essentials has been a distributor of Carlson’s materials for seven years, earning sales recognition each year. The Gold Executive award places Kemp in the top five percent of Carlson’s resellers.

Kemp speaks at Presentations / TRAINING 2000

March 2000

A repeat speaking invitation brought Jana Kemp to Atlanta for the Presentations/TRAINING 2000 conference. The annual conference was attended by thousands of trainers, speakers and presenters from around the world.
Kemp’s High-Tech or High-Touch: What’s a Presenter to Choose breakout session was a part of a conference session roster that included speakers such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Social Anthropologist Jennifer James, Bob Pike, Richard Chang, Bob Nelson, Michael Gelb and more.

Kemp Named Integrity Counts 1999 Recipient

September 1999 – Jana M. Kemp and her company Meeting & Management Essentials have been named one of four recipients of the 1999 Integrity Counts award by the Better Business Bureau of SW Idaho. Having been selected from a finalist list of seventeen firms, Kemp was honored at a banquet on September 30 in Boise. For more information about Meeting & Management Essentials or about the Integrity Counts award, feel free to contact Jana Kemp directly.

Momentum Radio Celebrates Milestone

September 1999 – Momentum show originator and host Jana M. Kemp announces the completion of 2 1/2 years of weekly shows, a milestone in business-news-talk programming Momentum is heard every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on 50K watt station KBOI (670 am) in Boise, Idaho. Business news, issues, profiles and stories are heard along with regular features that include:
  • Working with the Government: Influencing Policy provided by Greg Casey, president and CEO of the Business Industry Political Action Committee of America.
  • Kevlar Management: Lessons from law enforcement, the legal field, and the insurance industry.
  • Business Perspectives: stories, profiles and author interviews.
  • Celebrating 50 or more Years of Business in Idaho. Business calendars, good reads and more.
As of November 2002, Momentum Radio went off the air. Listeners still ask about the program and Kemp says “four and one-half years of a radio show is a good run. I miss it and hope to return to radio some day.”

Kemp Edits Time Management Guide

August 1999 – Better Meetings for Everyone publisher Jana M. Kemp serves as one of three time management experts editing Macmillan Reference USA’s new book, The Unofficial Guide to Managing Time. Watch for it in bookstores soon.

Meeting & Management Essentials founder nominated for Better Business Integrity Counts! Award

July 1999 – Jana M. Kemp, founder of Meeting & Management Essentials, has been nominated for the annual Idaho Better Business Bureau Integrity Counts! Award. Nominees have business practices and community involvements that demonstrate a commitment to integrity and ethics. Nominations were received from customers, suppliers, shareholders, and employees. The Integrity Counts! Award banquet will be September 30, 1999.

“Momentum” Earns Third-place Ratings

May 1999

Radio talk show “Momentum” on KBOI (670am) in Boise, Idaho, and hosted by Jana Kemp, achieved third-place in the fall 1998 Arbitron ratings for radio shows. Rated first in talk radio for the morning timeslot, the third place overall ranking (for 35 to 64 year olds) is impressive given that “Momentum” debuted last fall.

The brainchild of Jana Kemp, “Momentum” is a business-news-talk radio show that weekly focuses on the moment-to-moment issues of managing business life. Topics range from business profiles to interviews about management and employee issues.

Feature segments include: Venture Business Perspectives, provided by Venture magazine editor Colleen Birch Maile; Living Your Vision, provided by Winning Edge owner and business coach Tim Rhodes; and It’s Our Government – Make it Work contributed by Greg Casey, president and CEO of the Business and Industry Political Action Committee of America. Casey joins Jana from Washington, D.C., to share legislative information and strategies for working more effectively with government.

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