Jodi Vandenberg-Daves

Owner & Career Coach, JVD Consulting, LLC • CCWT Affiliate

Dr. Jodi Vandenberg-Daves is a coach, consultant, and a former professor. With a doctorate in History, she served as Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at UW-La Crosse.

Her coaching and consulting work build on more than twenty-five years of experience in higher education, non-profit leadership, authorship, teaching, and mentoring. Jodi brings research-based and real-world applicable strategies to women of diverse backgrounds who want to take ownership of their career journeys and to help organizations build a more diverse leadership pipeline and create cultures of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Dr. Vandenberg-Daves spent three years of service as the Executive Director, Greater La Crosse Area Diversity Council (2015-2018), where she provided leadership for the Council’s efforts to create diverse and inclusive workplaces and communities. Jodi currently empowers high-potential women through her online course, “Unlocking Your Leadership Potential.” She also works with UW-Madison’s Continuing Studies program, teaching a course on mentoring for DEI as part of the Management Division’s Inclusive Leadership Certificate and a course on promoting women’s leadership in the human services through the Behavioral Health division.

Dr. Vandenberg-Daves is the author of two history books, including Modern Motherhood: An American History (Rutgers University Press, 2014), numerous research and popular articles on intersectional gender issues, and a book of poems. She is currently working on a book titled Work That Matters: A Guide to Careering for Idealistic Women.  

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Recent Publications

Vandenberg-Daves, J. (2018). Self-Starter Women: Women Entrepreneurs in the Upper Midwest. Seven Magazine.

Vandenberg-Daves J. (2017). Seven Ways Motherhood Has Changed. Coulee Parenting Connection.

Vandenberg-Daves, J. (2016). Twentieth-Century Motherhood: Promises, Pitfalls, and Continuing Legacies. The American Historian.

Vandenberg-Daves, J. (2014). Modern Motherhood: An American History. Rutgers University Press.

Recent Media Appearances

Vox (2023). From banning hugs to gentle parenting, how are you supposed to raise kids, anyway?

New York Times (2021). It’s 2021: Why is ‘Supermom’ still around?

WBEZ Chicago Public Radio (2021). The Reset: What the declining birth rate says about American Motherhood.

New York Times (2019). Early Motherhood has always been miserable.

Coulee Region Women (2016). The Woman-Friendly Workplace. (31-32).