Jodi Vandenberg-Daves

Jodi Vandenberg-Daves, Ph.D.

Consultant, Coach, Developmental Editor, Author

Developing People and Ideas

I help people grow:

  • as organizational leaders and change-makers who want to create more inclusive, equitable workplaces

  • as aspiring or current professionals who want to advance their authentic, values-driven career goals and develop their leadership

  • as writers seeking to develop their voice and reach an audience

About Me

My editing, consulting, and coaching work builds on more than twenty-five years of experience in higher education, non-profit leadership, authorship, teaching, and mentoring.

Corporate and Nonprofit DEI Consulting/Speaking

Are you an organizational leader who wants to empower and promote diverse leadership, and create a more inclusive workplace?
I provide specific strategies for gender and racial equity in workplaces, with special emphasis on leadership development, so that people of all identities and backgrounds can contribute and thrive.

Career Coaching

Are you a professional woman who wants to strategize about your next steps towards your authentic goals?
I have taught courses for women professionals and college students, and mentored and coached women professionals at many career stages. I combine personal coaching with an eyes-wide-open perspective on the obstacles diverse women can face in the workplace, and how to develop resilience, authentic leadership, and a values-driven approach to your work.

Developmental Editing

Are you an author who wants help finding your voice and bringing your ideas into focus for publication for your non-fiction work?
I offer developmental editing services, with special expertise for academic writers in areas of gender, race, social inequality, history, and the humanities.

About Me

My Expertise:
Professor and Chair, Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies/History University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
View my profile at UW-La Crosse
Non-Profit Leadership:
Executive Director, Greater La Crosse Area Diversity Council (GLADC) (2015-2018) and current member of GLADC Speakers Bureau
Greater La Crosse Area Diversity Council
Key Publications:
Modern Motherhood: An American History (Rutgers University Press, 2014) Purchase on Amazon
Making History: A Guide to Historical Research through the National History Day Program (ABC-Clio, 2006) Purchase on Amazon
Editing Projects:
Books, dissertations, grant proposals, and articles, in disciplines ranging from communication studies to global languages to disability studies.
Consulting, Speaking, and Coaching:
I have worked with a wide range of organizations on developing women's leadership, promoting equity and inclusion, and assessment of programs.
Greater La Crosse Area Diversity Council Speakers' Bureau
Facilitator of Professional Development for Women: Empower, Advocate and Lead
Selected Mentoring Roles:
Faculty Fellow (mentor) for Grants and Sponsored Programs, Univ. of Wisconsin-La Crosse;
Director: Mentoring Circles program connecting students with women community leaders.
Grant Project Leadership:
Examples range from 9 years directing federally funded history education grants to authoring locally funded projects like a women-focused community mentoring grant.
Media Citations:
Interviewed by Coulee Region Women, “The Woman-Friendly Workplace,” (Dec. 2015/Jan. 2016), pgs. 31-32
Public radio interview: “Modern Motherhood: An American History,” Wisconsin Public Radio (2015)Guest appearance on WBEZ Chicago Public Radio “The Reset,” “What the declining birth rate says about American Motherhood,” (2021)Interviewed by New York Times “It’s 2021: Why is ‘Supermom’ still around?” (2021)Interviewed by New York Times, “Early Motherhood has always been miserable,” (2019)

Corporate and Nonprofit DEI Consulting/Speaking

Do you want to build a more inclusive workplace and leadership pipeline?Do you want to help empower the women of all backgrounds and other under-represented backgrounds on your team?Would you like to deepen your awareness of social inequities, how they show up in workplaces, and how your organization can improve its corporate citizenship and contribute to social justice?Contact me about how I can help. My services include:

  • Strategic work with leadership teams;

  • Focus-group and survey-driven assessments of workplace cultures and specific programs;

  • Speaking with corporate affinity groups;

  • Educational presentations on topics such as inclusive leadership development, confronting intersectional discrimination, allyship and advocacy, supporting caregivers in the workplace, gender communication in the workplace, and more.

  • We can work together to determine your organization's needs and develop a plan.


I worked alongside Jodi for over 16 years in a higher education setting and admired her greatly from the moment I met her. She is a gentle, yet fierce, advocate for more inclusive workplaces, specifically in regard to racial and gender equity, and modeled this value through her many leadership roles on campus. Countless people, myself included, looked to Jodi's wisdom and passion as a compass to move our departments/institutions forward in more just and equitable ways. As a woman of color, I always felt seen, valued, supported, and authentically mentored by Jodi. As a campus community, I wholeheartedly believe we were stronger and better because of her leadership. Any organization that cares about their people would be well-served to invest in Jodi as a consultant or coach; I cannot recommend her enough!"
-Amanda Florence Goodenough, CEO of Goodenough Consulting; Team Lead for Social Responsibility Speaks; Former Director of the Research & Resource Center for Campus Climate at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
“Jodi created a safe, informed space for our team to evaluate and understand the role gender played in our workplace. Through her coaching and listening, she helped us surface subtle and critical dynamics within our teams that were holding us back. We left our training with a shared vocabulary that allowed us to identify and begin to address the behaviors that were undermining the safety and sense of belonging of some of our team members. On the whole, the training was enlightening and engaging.”
—Luke Brekke, General Manager, Roastery and Services, Wonderstate Coffee
“What I appreciate most about Jodi is she thinks through everything, asks questions and really listens. She's optimistic and doesn't see barriers but hurdles. Jodi is compassionate, and inspiring. She has definitely encouraged and challenged me to be my best self. I always felt she was in my corner, cheering me on.”
—Ann Wales, Chaplain, La Crosse Jail Ministry, Past President Greater La Crosse Area Diversity Council; Past President, La Crosse Area Society for Human Resource Management.*

Career Coaching

Wondering how to take stock of your career journey and where do you want to go next?Do you want to be strategic about bringing your most authentic values to work?Do you want to develop strategies for a sustainable and thriving career, at any stage?I would like to work with you!I have mentored women as aspiring and current professionals through more than two decades as a professor, an adult community educator and leader of professional development programs, a non-profit and director, a faculty mentor and grants mentor, and the creator of community mentoring program.I have also researched and published on women's professional challenges and opportunities.Along the way, I have collected hundreds of stories of work-life balance challenges, confidence development, overcoming workplace obstacles--including those based on race and/or sexual orientation as well as gender--and of pivoting, thriving, reflecting, growing, contributing and leading.I want to bring this background to you to help you grow into your dreams for your career.I offer flexible coaching, from one-time meetings to longer-term arrangements. Contact me to talk about your needs.

Developmental Editing

Working on a non-fiction project?

If you need someone to help you find focus while adding subject matter expertise in history, women’s studies, humanities, and/or social sciences, I would love to work with you.I work collaboratively with authors of nonfiction books, academic manuscripts, grant proposals and curriculum materials to help writers find voice, focus, structure, and success in their work.Contact me to talk about your needs.


“We are so grateful and honored to have worked with Dr. Jodi Vandenberg-Daves on our book: You’re doing it wrong! Mothering, media, and medical expertise. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. After our work together, we can enthusiastically endorse her developmental editing services. Her perspective encouraged us to tighten and strengthen our arguments while working from interdisciplinary methodologies. Being able to view the manuscript through multiple methodological lenses, Jodi assisted us in ensuring our work remained both consistent and accessible. As a result of her mentorship, we grew as writers, and we are proud of the final product. Jodi’s feedback was detailed, prompt and organized—she gave us thoughtful critiques in a way that was supportive yet challenging and invigorating. Our experience was so positive we continue to recommend her services to scholars in various fields.”
—Bethany Johnson, Research Affiliate Faculty, Communication Studies, University of North Carolina and Margaret M. Quinlan, Ph.D., Assoc. Professor of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina Charlotte, authors of You’re Doing It Wrong! Mothering, Media, and Medical Expertise Rutgers University Press, 2019.)
“Jodi did an outstanding job editing my book manuscript. She read my manuscript carefully and critically, engaging thoroughly with both content and form. After providing a first set of comments, Jodi reread my manuscript. Her second set of comments took an entirely holistic approach to my work. As a result, my manuscript is much more readable, accessible, and broader in scope. After a difficult review process (prior to requesting Jodi’s services), the second review went extremely well. Indeed one of the reviewers commented: ‘The author’s style is…very clear and concise. His/her manuscript reads well and is devoid of those unnecessary words and expressions. The reader has easy access to the ideas even in the passages dealing with high theoretical concepts… Even though this manuscript deals specifically with comic books, it covers many topics of interest and with sound analysis.'”
–Jennifer Howell, Assistant Professor of Languages, Literature, and Cultures, Illinois State University and author of The Algerian War in French-Language Comics: Postcolonial Memory, History, and Subjectivity (Lexington Books, 2015)
“Jodi worked with me to help conceptualize, revise, and edit three major grants. What is especially unique about Jodi’s skills in this area is that she is able to provide suggestions on a high conceptual level, and also on the minute level of wording and sentence structure. Her suggestions and comments were invaluable to my writing process and I have no doubt that the revisions she had me do made my grants stronger and likely brought them to a higher position when the grants were ranked and funding distributed. I highly recommend Jodi as an editor.”
–Ariel Beaujot, Assistant Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
“I’ve worked with Jodi Vandenberg-Daves as a colleague, fellow writing-group member, mentee, and as a participant at her professional development and writing workshops. She has a real knack for talking about writing, research, and academic life in a very concrete and realistic way. She approaches academia practically, as a product of the daily life of human beings with diverse goals, family and personal needs, and demanding schedules. She knows the details of grant writing, book proposals, and scholarly publishing; but also what it takes to help real people accomplish great things in the academic world.”
–James Longhurst, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and author of Citizen Environmentalists (2010) and Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the American Road (2015)
“Whether it’s a book proposal for a prospective publisher or a project description for an external grant, Jodi makes sure that whatever I produce is polished and presentable. She provides thorough and elegant editing in a timely and professional manner. I highly recommend Jodi.”
—Gita Pai, Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
"I was having difficulty with the organization of the content of a journal article. Jodi assisted in my final edit. She made significant organizational changes which helped to make the article flow better. She also suggested alternative wording for certain sections. Additionally, she was conscientious with time and was fast in submitting her feedback. Overall, she provided much-needed reassurance that my work was valid and worthy of being shared. I wholeheartedly recommend her as an editor."
–Kallia Wright, Associate Professor of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, Illinois College.

Other Professional Services

Have a grant idea and need help with writing your grant proposal?
I can help with concept and budget development, and writing for a grant referee audience.
Could your project benefit from a historical lens? As a trained historian, I can consult on artistic, literary, media, or civic projects.Are you an academic looking for review of your portfolio for retention, tenure, or promotion?
I'm happy to work with you to put your best foot forward.


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