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Press

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Media

 

National Safety Council: “The Day My Husband Didn’t Come Home From Work”
June 18, 2018

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
October 1, 2019

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.

 

Podcasts

 

Krisit Piehl, Flip Your Script: “From Tragic Workplace Violence to Empowered CEO”

November 17, 2020


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

Jennifer Pestikas, Brave Women at Work, “Finding Clarity in Difficult Times”

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.

 

Lisa Guillot, Find Your Clear Vision: “Total Reinvention”  
October 27, 2021

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.  

 

Meg McKeen, Bound & Determined: “When the Fog Lifts”
October 18, 2022

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.  

 

Bela Gandhi, Smart Dating Academy: “Dating as a Widow”
October 24, 2022

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.

 

Keren Eldad, COACHED with Coach Keren: “The Courage of Jody LaVoie”
November 21, 2022

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.

 

Kathy Bleier & Sheila Hatch, Full Value: “What is my heart calling to?”

December 1, 2022

 

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.   

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