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96: 3 Year Recap

In Episode 96, We’re Turning 3 Years Old! JRT and Jen V. reminisce about their strangers-to-business partner’s origin story, their pride and reflections on Voice First World’s mission over the past three years, and the hilarious hijinks they’ve been up to along the way.

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95: Emergency Resilience – Alex Jabr

In Episode 95, Emergency Resilience, Alex Jabr sits down with Jen V and JRT to discuss the heavy–but invaluable–topic of death communication and staying present during extremely uncomfortable end-of-life discussions.

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94: Empathy In Action – Alan Verrill, MD

In Episode 94, Empathy in Action, we speak with Dr. Alan Verrill, President and CEO of AdventHealth Shawnee Mission. Alan has led multiple award-winning hospitals after working for 25 years as a trusted and compassionate physician.

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91. Passport to Peace – Kathy Sudeikis

In Episode 91, Passport to Peace, we host our second Sudeikis and the matriarch of her family, Kathy Sudeikis. Kathy is VP of Corporate Relations at ACENDAS TRAVEL, she’s a travel expert, and a leader in the Big Slick Celebrity Weekend benefitting Children’s Mercy Hospital.

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Jen V. & JRT

Jen Vellenga and Jennifer Rettele-Thomas are the co-founders of Voice First World®, a communication and executive coaching company. They train executives and leaders on the Presence Paradigm™, a communication technique created from Jen V’s decades of training actors to perform authentically, with presence, on stages, on audio, and video. If you want to learn more about how to speak and lead confidently, book a discovery call at

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Jen has been magical in helping me to identify my voice and my VOICE! The ways that she has holistically addressed my strengths and my areas of improvement have all made me feel so much more confident.

-Cate R.
Politician, Chicago, IL