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Processing Loss, Managing Your Mindset & Moving Forward

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Whether it’s death, divorce, becoming an empty nester, or voluntary or involuntary loss of a job, Jody equips listeners ready to tackle a current loss, a loss in the future, or to support someone going through a loss.


She reminds us that emotions that come with any type of loss can be painful, but through her entertaining and personal account, she guides us on how to move forward with our lives and to build a tool kit to thrive. 

Watch Jody's Video Presentation to the CAP STRAT Women’s Forum.

How She Turned Tragedy Into Triumph: Jody LaVoie on The Recharge

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In this episode you’ll meet Jody LaVoie, CEO, Founder of Widows In The Workplace, certified coach, speaker and widow. Jody helps widows find productivity and purpose once again, so they can move forward confidently and find joy again. She teaches them to feel more positive, take back control and build the life that they desire.

Watch this episode of The Recharge, a series by CAP STRAT Women’s Forum.

A Conversation About Grief and the Workplace: Jody LaVoie, Founder of Widows in the Workplace

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Jody discusses her rapid transformation after the murder of her husband, parenting grieving kids and becoming CEO of their technology company, as well as the need for employers’ increased awareness of the effect of grief on their employees and the bottom line.

Listen to this episode of Faith & Grief with Shelley Craig

Life After Tragedy: Navigating Through Grief and Change to Find Purpose

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Jody offers a unique perspective on managing the reality of constant change as she talks about how she navigated the abrupt, painful change in her life personally, professionally and as a parent.

Listen to this episode of Menttium Matters with Megan Cummings-Krueger

Learn to Love Your Life Again: Tips from Grief and Loss Expert Jody LaVoie

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As part of an exploration of the impact of grief and emotional trauma on executive functioning, Hannah invited Jody to have a conversation about practical tips for people who are grieving the loss of a partner or loved one and how they know when they’re ready to fall in love with life again.

Watch this episode of Focus Forward with Hannah Choi on YouTube

What is My Heart Calling To? Jody LaVoie on the Full Value Podcast

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Jody chats about what led her to ask and answer the question, “What is my heart calling to?” She shares the messiness of grief, the crucial role of the “widow’s board of directors” and the trickle effect of self care.


She offers effective ways of supporting someone who is grieving and how she works as a life coach with widows in the workplace, not only to heal but to create where they want to go next in life, finding passion and purpose in their loss.

Listen to this episode of Full Value with Kathy Bleier & Sheila Hatch

The Courage of Jody LaVoie: Keren Eldad Interviews Jody


In a special episode about grief and growth, Jody talks about how grief can turn your weakest moments into your greatest success by sharing your experience with others in a similar situation.


She discusses how you can find inspiration in life after loss, seeing the other side even as an opportunity for rebirth, reawakening and rediscovery of who you are.

Listen to this episode of COACHED with Coach Keren Eldad

Dating as a Widow: Jody LaVoie on the Smart Dating Academy Podcast

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Jody shares the ups and downs and all the in-betweens that she has experienced with dating: what it is like for her kids, for her late husband's family, and what you should and should not say if you are dating a widow or widower.

Listen to this episode of the Smart Dating Academy podcast with Bela Gandhi

When the Fog Lifts: Jody LaVoie on the Bound & Determined Podcast

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Jody talks with Meg about getting to a place of honoring her story of tragedy, how she has relearned to live her life with intention (focusing on the health of both mind and body) and how her work serves both widows in the workplace and their employers.  

Listen to this episode of Bound & Determined with Meg McKeen

Total Reinvention: Jody LaVoie on Find Your Clear Vision

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Jody shares how her personal and professional reinvention came to life to build her coaching practice, start dating again and truly connect to what brings her joy.  

Listen to this episode of Find Your Clear Vision with Lisa Guillot

Finding Clarity in Difficult Times: Jody LaVoie on Brave Women at Work

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Jody was faced with leading a company while being a mom to three daughters after her husband passed away. She discusses how she made her way through that time to find clarity and peace on the other side.

Listen to this episode of Brave Women at Work with Jen Pestikas

From Tragic Workplace Violence to Empowered CEO: Jody LaVoie on the Flip Your Script Podcast

Jody talks about taking over ArrowStream and growing the company before selling it She shares the importance of community and the determination it takes to rewrite your story.

Listen to this episode of Flip Your Script with Kristi Piehl.

Other Media


National Safety Council: “The Day My Husband Didn’t Come Home From Work”

Jody shares her family’s personal tragedy, the risk factors for workplace violence and what organizations can and should be doing to protect against workplace violence.


WGN Radio, Steve Cochran Show: “Most Valuable Person on the Planet” Award

Jody talks about her experience as the Executive Director of Female Strong and the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Chicago, which provides life-changing experiences for adolescent girls to empower them to become future leaders of tomorrow through the opportunity to generate a business idea, construct a business plan and pitch their plan to local investors for start-up funding, all with the robust support of 80 volunteers.

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