Dr. Jo®’s goal is simple — to help busy professionals stay energized, healthy, and sane. As a professional health and wellness speaker, she’ll have your group laughing and learning as she weaves the science into her unique stories and thought-provoking exercises.
Dr. Jo’s of expertise includes Performance and Productivity, Business Travel Health, Stress Management, Resilience, Life Balance, Health & Safety, and Women’s Health. Jo also enjoys presenting Continuing Education (CEU) programs for health professionals.
propelling productivity and performance in the workplace
Startups, entrepreneurs, executives, managers
Energy drives everything – motivation, creativity, and performance. When people focus on generating energy rather than on managing time, they become more productive AND get through each day without feeling completely exhausted.
However, in the age of the “Always-On” workplace, employees have become conditioned to think it’s perfectly normal to struggle to get out of bed, experience mid-afternoon brain fog, and feel totally worn out when they get home from work.
It may be common, but it’s not normal.
Employee and management fatigue costs companies over $500 billion in lost productivity each year due to missed work, diminished performance, increased medical costs, accidents, and errors. And it’s completely preventable.
Dr. Jo’s has presented more than 1000 programs to clients including The Advisory Board, Janney, ExxonMobil, Johnson & Johnson, Gallo Wine, and the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses.
In this fast-paced, interactive keynote, Dr. Jo uses scientific research from her review of over 1000 medical studies to offer real-life solutions that ignite company leaders to initiate, model, and encourage proven strategies for mastering peak performance without risking burnout.
Attendees will leave this keynote with:
- Insights into how thoughts trigger a physiologically-draining stress response – and how thought-shifting can boost energy
- The ability to see food as a fuel for the body along with best pattern to eat for optimal energy throughout the day.
- A better understanding about how movement (big and small) impacts energy and how to strategically integrate movement throughout the day to sustain energy
Read more about Productivity and Peak Performance.
How to Stay Healthy & Fit on the Road...
for business travelers
Travel can zap your energy and pack on the pounds. Dr. Jo®, author of, How to Stay Healthy & Fit on the Road, knows first-hand. In 1994, she began traveling in her business. In fact, she still has the original same ugly forest green Brigg’s & Riley suitcase to prove it (their lifetime warranty has replaced just about everything but that ugly green color). Often speaking to sales teams in Fortune 500 companies, she blends the science with interesting stories of her detailed interviews of nearly 70 business traveling execs about how they manage their travel health. Learn how to:
- Eat healthy in any restaurant or business function
- Creatively fit in fitness and have fun – even without a gym
- Get a good night’s sleep anywhere – and manage jet lag
- Prevent damaging stress and the worn-out feeling of travel
Eye of the Storm
building resilience to stress
In the song, The Eye, Brandi Carlile sings, “You can dance in a hurricane, but only if you’re standing in the eye.” Since business forecasts call for “More Storms Ahead”, it’s important to build resilience – allowing you to stay more calm and focused in the eye of any storm. This program will assist participants to:
- Understand the importance of resilience to spare destruction of our energy, focus, and zest for life
- Develop rituals to keep us rooted through stressful situations
- Retain flexibility to bounce back and recover at the end of the day
Part 2, “Into the Storm” guides participants into coming up with solutions for their particular stressors.
Swimming in a Sea of Priorities
finding balance on the rough waters of life
Do you have too much to do and not enough time? Feeling guilty that you don’t spend enough time with your loved ones or on the things you enjoy? In just a short time, you’ll feel more on track with your priorities and less stressed. Health and wellness speaker, Dr. Jo® has customized this lifestyle program for keynotes, full-day, and CEU programs for health professionals – each with unique stories to inspire your group. This program will help you:
- Establish your personal priorities & identify the true stressors in your life
- Learn how to stay focused at work and let it go when you’re home
- Create steps to smooth the transition from work to home (one of the most stressful periods)
What Every Woman Wants...
great legs, more energy, & peace of mind
Professional women, entrepreneurs, women in leadership, business networking
Feeling frumpy, frazzled, and fatigued? It’s no wonder! The average woman is working full time both at work and at home.
Finding the energy to “have it all” is a constant challenge. Fast food, slow kids, and heavy workloads take their toll on all of us. And let’s not even mention the heels!
This fun, funny, and motivational program is based on the real science of nutrition, sleep and movement and is designed to address the specific challenges faced by the 21st century women.
Dr. Jo uses colorful anecdotes and stories along with scientific research from over 1000 medical studies to show audiences how to feel more relaxed, more in control, and ready to make some simple “no big deal” changes that will make a big difference in every aspect of their lives.
Attendees will leave this keynote with:
- Practical strategies to feel more energized throughout the day
- Coping mechanisms to deal with the aggravating “little things” that cause so much of our mental and physical distress
- Tools for being more productive at work while still having the energy to enjoy your life when you get home.
Fighting Fatigue in the Workplace...
(for health & safety and medical CEU)
Health and safety, occupational health nurses and other medical professionals, military, forest service, fire fighters, law enforcement
With tighter budgets and reduced staff today’s employees are working harder, faster, and longer than ever before. While technology and time-management techniques make it easier to do more with less, the constant pressure of excessive workloads ultimately results in fatigue and burnout.
The total global cost of fatigue is estimated to be $500 billion) each year. Fortunately, when it comes to tackling fatigue and burnout a bit of prevention can go a long way and result in significant benefits to both the company and those who work for it.
The good news is there are ways for both employers and employees to fight off fatigue in the workplace.
Dr. Jo has presented more than 1000 programs to clients, including The Advisory Board, Janney, ExxonMobil, Gallo Wine, Johnson & Johnson, and the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses.
In this fast-paced, interactive keynote, Dr. Jo uses scientific research from over 1000 medical studies to offer real-life strategies and best practices companies use to reduce fatigue and burnout.
Attendees will leave this keynote with:
- An understanding of the real costs related to fatigue in terms of accidents, errors, absenteeism, and loss of productivity
- Three practical strategies to prevent and counter fatigue during the workday
- Real life examples of companies that have successfully reduced fatigue in the workplace
Read more about Managing Fatigue in the Workplace (and download Dr. Jo’s PDF while paper)
Out of Sync: Sleep Cycles, Energy & Weight
(ask about Dr. Jo's other CEU programs)
Research studies have linked inadequate sleep and shiftwork to weight gain (as well as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and increased errors & accidents). Often left out of health recommendations, sleep was not included among the first two sets of national health objectives guiding public policy (1990, 2000). It was not until Healthy People 2010 that objectives related to sleep were included.
In this program, health and wellness speaker Dr. Jo® goes beyond the well-known recommendation of simply getting more sleep. Audiences are fascinated to learn how sleep quality has even more profound effects on our health, weight, and energy levels. We’ll dive into a fascinating discussion about the recent scientific research regarding our sleep cycle, circadian rhythms, and seasonality disorders – and simple diet and lifestyle changes to recommend. Dr. Jo® will discuss:
- Identify the new 2007 AASM stages of sleep and the role of each stage
- Describe how sleep quality affects health and energy levels – and recommend five simple strategies to improve sleep quality
- Consider several ways to regulate circadian rhythm for shift workers and business travelers – as well as those who identify themselves as night owls and morning larks
- Explain how the caffeine (in terms of the total amount and its half-life) can influence focus and attention, as well as sleep