"Thank you for jumpstarting our staff retreat. It was wonderful hearing everyone laugh and play. This enthusiasm that you sparked seemed to stay with everyone throughout the day...which was exactly what we wanted! Thanks for making my job as a member of the planning committee a breeze!"
—Jerilyn Robinson, LCSW, Director of Child and Family Services, Catholic Charities of Madison
"Your energy, enthusiasm and humor captivated our participants. My colleagues and I were not only impressed with your creativity and professionalism during your presentation, but also the time you took to learn about our organization's efforts and initiatives. The incredible amount of time you took in learning about our business and particularly the challenges that face our organization definitely helped you to speak our language, and gain instant credibility with our staff."
—Mary Kay Kollatt , Reentry Director, Dept. of Corrections, State of Wisconsin
"Our leadership team brought Jodi in to jumpstart an aggressive retreat agenda in a short time for a group with high expectations and plenty of tension. Jodi set a thoughtful and positive tone, tapping into our creativity at a deep level right away. She guided us smoothly and expertly through activities and exercises that became metaphors for our work together. Jodi managed to create a level playing field, primed us for really listening to one another and most importantly, opened up the generosity and good humor of our team relationships. The retreat was fantastic! We left energized, refreshed and ready to tackle our company challenges."
—Jan O'Neill, Co-Founder QLD Learning
“Picture this: You’re
the opening keynote session for a group of 100+ trainers from
all over the country. . . these are the quintessential professionals
at educating their staff. What a phenomenal way to begin our
conference! Jodi really pulled the group in and helped everyone
identify with the topic. She truly tailored her presentation
to the audience. She had the entire group talking, laughing,
and learning. I kept hearing people referring to Jodi’s
session throughout the conference -- which is the ultimate
compliment as to the effect she had on our group. Yes, and,
I would hire Jodi again in a heartbeat!”
engaged folks immediately with her characters and soon had
the room abuzz with folks working in small groups and practicing
new communication skills. That was two years ago and I still
hear people saying “Yes, AND...” Jodi was wonderful,
she captured the audience.
Owens, Deputy Director
for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment
national program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Jodi was the first and best thing we did to turn our 50th
birthday gala from drab to fab. Jodi helped us—and our
200 guests—see how much we have to celebrate.
Steinhoff, Executive Director
conference started out on the right foot with Jodi Cohen…a
breath of fresh air as she set the scene for enjoying, learning
and re-thinking basic communication skills! Participants applied
her message throughout the two-day conference.
County Administrators of Volunteer Services
a fun evening; full of true belly laughs. Her presentation
was fresh, energetic, and lots of fun.
Hirschman, Wisconsin Jewish Institute
- Next Generation Consulting
- Employee Assistance Program of Dane County
- Employee Benefits Corporation
- Northwestern University
- UW-Madison Medical School
- UW-Madison Small Business Development Center
were to provide our staff an opportunity for team building,
effective communication, and breaking down barriers in order
to build rapport… Time seemed to melt away…there
was a metamorphosis occurring…more cohesive and better
able to handle the challenges we face everyday…Jodi
Charities Community Connections
was amazed at how quickly you took the group from its initial
period of self-protection and into self-reflection. I gained
a deeper appreciation for my colleagues and for their creative
potential as well as my own.
|— Anne Conzemius
us along so smoothly that we didn’t even realize we
were progressing…Best of all for me was your gentle
encouragement to “get out of my own way.”
of the most multi-talented people I know…Jodi has the
rare gift to inspire others to reap their own wisdom.
of The Writer's Place
the stage perfectly for my creative writing high school students…I
was amazed as I watched all students participate and laugh,
including those shy ones who had never gotten up in front
of their peers before this.
of us need to learn to lighten up…there's an untapped
market of overly busy people who don’t like feeling
and looking stressed who can learn alternatives to that persona!
create a freeing environment where people really can stretch…
turns ideas into magic…
Cohen is one of those rare teachers who puts you at ease
while pushing you to go to the edge of your comfort zone…
class was a great mix of freedom and structure...
of the most personally liberating experiences I’ve
learned to let go of assumptions…
am reminded... to play, be creative, and express myself
without fear or judgment. …improv is a profound stress
and anxiety reliever…
- Atwood Community Center
- ANew Women’s Expo
- National Association of Remodeling Industry
- New Harvest Foundation
- TDS Telecom
- Wisconsin Jewish Institute
I was amused, amazed, and moved by your performances…All
of your characters give me hope…
hope you appreciated the impact you have on your audience.
We love you…
I laughed so hard my jaw hurt…