It’s not every day that you get to interview your bestie for your podcast, so THIS IS A GOOD DAY!!! Jo & I always love to have deep & meaningful conversations. We have supported each other through the toughest times in each of our lives, so I know firsthand the brilliance that this woman possesses.

Speaking up for ourselves can be hard–especially for those of us who have been conditioned to hold our tongues for the sake of not rocking the boat. It’s hard to keep your composure and communicate clearly when stakes are high and you’re having all the feels. That’s where Jo Rodrigues comes in. In today’s episode of Guts & Grace, she teaches us how to show up in tough conversations in a way that leads to positive outcomes.

Jo is a conflict resolution trainer and coach. For 14 years she has worked with UN agencies and NGOs in training, coaching, facilitation, as well as research and analysis. Her expertise is on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), Gender Equality and Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) issues. She also facilitates inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue with a focus on Middle East-West relations.

Over the years, she determined a need in humanitarian aid and international development to address conflict, workplace harassment and nurture resilience. Today she offers coaching, facilitation and training to individuals and groups on how to transform conflict, improve communication, address workplace violence, nurture self-awareness, develop self-care practices and maintain healthy boundaries.

If you are in Toronto don’t miss her workshop, Be Prepared To Work Overseas. If you are not in Toronto, check out her coaching services page for special Skype 1-on-1 Sessions and other coaching packages.