‘A force for good:’ Lee’s Summit woman uses independent business to effect change in community

tporter@lsjournal.comAugust 26, 2014 

  • 5,000

    Number of attendees participating in a national convention for Origami Owl, a custom jewelry business. Janean Lindner of Lee’s Summit came home with a new Jeep, thanks to a drawing sponsored at the convention.

The odds of Janean Lindner walking away with a new Jeep Wrangler were about 5,000 to 1.

As an independent designer for Origami Owl, a customized jewelry company, Lindner joined more than 5,000 designers earlier this month at a national convention in Phoenix, Ariz.

Unfettered by the number of designers in attendance, Lindner not only claimed that she would win the prize before the contest drawing, but she actually had her ticket called as winner.

The aqua blue 2014 Jeep was delivered Aug. 8 to Lindner’s home in Lee’s Summit. She plans to engage in a year-long “Where’s the Origami Owl Aqua Jeep?” social media marketing campaign to be a “force for good” in the community.

Lindner hopes to visit different businesses and locales in Lee’s Summit to spread the message of Childhelp, a non-profit organization that receives funds from sales of select Origami Owl jewelry. She’ll use the Jeep as a mobile marketing machine to elicit sales and donations from around town.

Lindner also plans to give away free items from the Jeep to promote Origami Owl as well.

“So many people have been touched and inspired by the jewelry,” Lindner said. “We just knew that we had to go to the convention to see more about what this was all about. There were 5,000 people there; I was like ‘I’m going to go win.’ It was amazing.”

Lindner’s back story and how she became a leading designer for the brand is peppered with trials and tribulations.

A resident of Orange County, Calif., until a move to Lee’s Summit nearly three years ago, Lindner, her husband, Stace, and their four sons have battled one son’s traumatic brain injury and mental health issues, another son’s diagnosis with Asperger’s syndrome and Stace’s recovery after a head-on, rollover car accident about seven years ago.

The family was also homeless for a brief period in Orange County.

“We lost everything,” Lindner said. “All of our material possessions. We were put up in a hotel and we lived there for many months. We went through a very dark time where you feel like you have been stripped of everything. I still tried to choose joy every day. We slowly climbed back.”

A freelance photographer and marketing director before becoming a full-time business owner this past spring, Lindner has more than 30 Origami Owl designers under her wing. One of those is her mother, Nancy Chamberlain-Fox, who along with her husband, moved to Lee’s Summit from California in May 2012.

Chamberlain-Fox was born in Kansas City and raised in Raytown before moving out West for 32 years. She expressed satisfaction in being back in the area to help her daughter with business and family matters.

“It’s more comfortable here,” Chamberlain-Fox said. “It was a big move for us, but it was just like coming home.”

Lindner’s hopes are that she and her mother have become a beacon of hope for the other designers who work under her umbrella.

“My mom and I are both giving, and we love to bless people,” Lindner said. “I didn’t sign up to be a designer to make a living. I wanted to sign up so that I could give (blessings) to other people. The mission is to be a force for good.”

For more information on Lindner’s Jeep quests, visit www.gigglemoon.origami

owl.com or search social media for the hash tag #origamiowlaquajeep.

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