Joanne Jolee Jaffa wants women to be inspired and succeed, no matter which field they choose.
The Las Sendas resident recently founded the Society for Women of Spirit and Inspiration, a women’s networking group for business owners, executive directors and leaders in their field.
Meetings feature a catered lunch, live music and inspirational presentations. Membership is by invitation application; the proceeds benefit the Jolee-Jaffa Music Foundation and are tax deductible. Meeting times and locations are given upon acceptance.
Classical baroque music fills the room at each meeting as that era birthed the most brilliant minds, she said. Musicians are culled from various symphonies around the Valley.
“When Albert Einstein was asked about his groundbreaking theory of relativity, he said it occurred to him by intuition and music was the driving force behind that intuition. Music takes us to a place where we are open to creative thought and new ideas – a place where we can think clearly and make decisions that will move us forward wherever we are in our lives.”
Society for Women of Spirit and Inspiration is born out of the Ladies of Las Sendas, a group also founded by Jolee-Jaffa. It is now under new leadership.
“It ended up being a great deal of work,” she said. “I thought, ‘How could I do this? So the benefits are exponential and grow beyond the local area.’ My team and I came up with this. The board approved it.”
The New Zealand-born Jolee-Jaffa has been in Arizona since 1999, where she moved from Northern California. She and her husband, former Mesa City Councilman William Jaffa, have eight children and seven grandchildren. Among her children is Krystle Delgado, a lawyer as well as a musician known as Miss Krystle.
Society for Women of Spirit and Inspiration is under the umbrella of the Jolee Jaffe Music Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization founded in 2014 by the couple. The charity provides free music education to underprivileged children and music therapy classes for seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and traumatic brain injury.
In 2017 they were awarded a Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant Award from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Its “Music Advantage” program is presented by board certified music therapists at the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona in Phoenix, and Oakwood Creative Care in Arizona.
The foundation underwrites music lessons and provides instruments to kids at Sunshine Acres.
“We give kids a quality education,” she said. “It’s just amazing. We have the most beautiful stories. Music had a huge impact on me as a teenager. Music saved my life. I taught music to all my children.”