42 episodes

Speak with Presence™ is the place where public speaking and leadership presence intersect. We aim to inspire professional women to speak with confidence and lead at the highest levels, without being perfect. Co-hosts are Jen Vellenga (Jen V.). and Jennifer Rettele-Thomas (JRT), the co-founders of Voice First World. On this podcast, we ask our guests, “What's stopping women from speaking up?”

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Speak with Presence Jen Vellenga and Jennifer Rettele-Thomas

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

Speak with Presence™ is the place where public speaking and leadership presence intersect. We aim to inspire professional women to speak with confidence and lead at the highest levels, without being perfect. Co-hosts are Jen Vellenga (Jen V.). and Jennifer Rettele-Thomas (JRT), the co-founders of Voice First World. On this podcast, we ask our guests, “What's stopping women from speaking up?”

If you want advice from powerful executives and speakers on using your voice with confidence, subscribe so you don't miss an episode!

    Don’t Be Underestimated - Courtney Schoch

    Don’t Be Underestimated - Courtney Schoch

    Episode 41:  Don't be Underestimated
    Courtney's journey is about owning her story and not letting it own her.

    As Courtney will tell you, a violent childhood in Atlanta, followed by a decision to drop out of high school, led her down a path of poor decision-making that continued for years. But, since earning her GED in 1992, Courtney has overcome insurmountable obstacles in both her professional and personal life.

    Setting the bar high, she overcame her fear of flying and became a pilot in 2002. Two years later she was certified to teach aspiring pilots how to fly and follow their passion. In 2008, Courtney began her professional airline pilot career, in an industry where fewer than 4% of pilots are women. 

    Within six years she earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Aeronautical Science with specializations in space operations and aerospace safety systems from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. A 2012 Women Future Leaders Scholarship award fueled her determination. In 2014, Courtney moved to Nicaragua and started a nonprofit, Runucate (run+educate), to provide educational scholarships and teach English in the local community while she continued to work as a pilot. She unexpectedly relocated full time to the United States in May 2018 after political unrest erupted in Central America. She shifted her non profit focus and continues to run marathons globally to raise awareness and funds for organizations that fight illiteracy and provide education. In 2020 Courtney published a tell all memoir, This Is Your Captain Speaking - Reaching for the Sky Despite a Lifetime of Depression, Abuse and Fear. 

    Through it all Courtney remains true to her mission of inspiration, mentorship and is a fierce advocate of the underdog. 
    Podcast sponsor:  William and Lauren
    If you want to see if it's a good fit to work with Jen V. and JRT on speaking courageously as a leader, check us out at https://www.voicefirstworld.com
     

    • 30 min
    Heart Centered Sales - Michelle Rockwood

    Heart Centered Sales - Michelle Rockwood

    Episode 40:  Heart Centered Sales
    Michelle is the Founder of Unscripted Sales.  She teaches heart-centered coaches how to sell their coaching for thousands (even as a brand new coach). She’s an author, speaker, and podcast host.
    Podcast sponsor:  William and Lauren
    If you want to see if it's a good fit to work with Jen V. and JRT on speaking courageously as a leader, check us out at https://www.voicefirstworld.com/

    • 26 min
    39. Women + Layers - Amber Anderson

    39. Women + Layers - Amber Anderson

     
    Episode 39:  Women + Layers
    Amber Anderson is the founder of Tote + Pears,  the creative studio that provides audience insights and creates content, campaigns and designs that resonate with women — the decision-makers at home and untapped talent at work. They specialize in strategy, branding, and product and service development.
    Amber brings almost two decades of experience managing all areas of the product and service lifecycle. At we look at women, the people they love and the layered identities that shape how they experience life’s moments. Then we use data and our understanding of intersecting identities to design brands, content and campaigns that meet people where they are.
    Podcast sponsor:  William and Lauren
    If you want to see if it's a good fit to work with Jen V. and JRT on speaking courageously as a leader, check us out at https://www.voicefirstworld.com/
     

    • 28 min
    Believe in Yourself - Natalie Bartholomew

    Believe in Yourself - Natalie Bartholomew

    Episode 38:  Believe in Yourself
    Natalie Bartholomew is a 21+ year career banker with experience in a variety of areas of banking including lending, retail, culture building, human resources, and marketing. She currently serves as Community President of First Community Bank in Northwest Arkansas.
    Natalie has a passion for philanthropy and sits on various boards and committees that serve the Northwest Arkansas region. She was recognized as the 2015 Young Woman of the Year by the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce for the NWA Business Women’s Conference and was a member of the 2015 Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 and their 2018 Women In Business list as well as the 2019 Arkansas Business and 2020 ICBA Forty Under 40 classes. She received both her bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Arkansas and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, Colorado where she now serves as a faculty member. Natalie is also a past member of the Emerging Leaders Council of the Arkansas Bankers Association.
    She launched the Girl Banker platform in November of 2017 in hopes of creating a voice for women in banking and working moms. In addition to advocacy for women in banking, Natalie has a passion for educating young women about the banking industry and highlighting those who started their career at a young age. Natalie and the Girl Banker platform have been featured in a variety of financial industry magazines, newsletters, and podcasts which have opened the door to speaking engagements at banking conferences all over the country. The Girl Banker Podcast was launched in 2019 where Natalie and guests cover many topics that women in banking face.
    Podcast sponsor:  William and Lauren
    If you want to see if it's a good fit to work with Jen V. and JRT on speaking courageously as a leader, check us out at https://www.voicefirstworld.com/
     

    • 36 min
    Title IX and Director of Toilets- Lisa Kaplowitz

    Title IX and Director of Toilets- Lisa Kaplowitz

    Episode 37:  Title IX and Director of Toilets
     
    Lisa Kaplowitz is the Co-founder and Executive Director of the Rutgers Center for Women in Business, and assistant professor of finance at Rutgers Business School, where she leverages 25+ years of experience as an investment banker and CFO. Lisa is also a restless champion for gender equality and her work has been featured on Bloomberg TV and in USA Today, Forbes, CFO Magazine and Bloomberg.com. Lisa’s advocacy began as a scholar-athlete at Brown University, when she was part of a landmark Title IX case that added more varsity athletic opportunities for women. Today, she continues to champion gender equity at work and in the home, alongside her husband and teenage sons, where you can see them in action in her latest TEDx, “Advancing Women in the Workplace, One Son at a Time.”
    Podcast sponsor:  William and Lauren
    If you want to see if it's a good fit to work with Jen V. and JRT on speaking courageously as a leader, schedule a free call:
    https://www.voicefirstworld.com/apply

    • 30 min
    Be Unapologetically You - Lisa Leander

    Be Unapologetically You - Lisa Leander

    Episode 36:  Be Unapologetically You 
    Lisa Leander is an international management and higher education expert who has worked in over 22 countries with business academics and women entrepreneurs. In her two decades of experience she has run multi-million dollar economic development projects, led international teams and provided training in project management, events, marketing, and strategy.
    While working with hundreds of business schools abroad, Lisa built a network of trailblazing courageous female leaders. She founded a global movement, Women in Business Education (WiBE) to champion gender balance at every level of leadership in business schools. WiBE brings together senior women academics around the world who are ready to boldly move to the next level of their leadership journey in business education.




    Podcast sponsor:  William and Lauren
    If you want to see if it's a good fit to work with Jen V. and JRT on speaking courageously as a leader, schedule a free call:
    https://www.voicefirstworld.com/apply

    • 33 min

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It didn’t take long for me to realize how much impact listening to a podcast could cause until I heard VFW speak with presence. This series relates to my professional career and challenges I face on day to day basis in many ways. You guys answer all my questions! I am already reworking many of the ways I deal with complicated situations in my professional life. Must listen. Much needed in my daily routine.

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