Founder/Creator of Go! Go! Sports Girls Dolls & Books
An expert in creating change, Jodi Bondi Norgaard shares her entrepreneurial journey of determination, persistence, passion and grit needed to challenge the status quo and achieve goals. She is the founder and creator of the award-winning Go! Go! Sports Girls line of dolls, books and apps for girls encouraging healthy and active play over fashion and body image. Read More >
TEDx: Persistence: The Power to Create Change
The Importance of Empowering Girls
Girls are Strong, Smart, and Adventurous
Parents Want a Better Choice for Their Girls on the Toy Aisle
I'm Going to Create Change
Let's Change a Culture
Hear Jodi’s entrepreneurial journey of challenging the status quo, achieving goals, and becoming a leader in breaking gender stereotypes. In this presentation, Jodi discusses how to market for social good and the necessary combination of passion, determination, perseverance and grit needed to create change while running a successful business. Initially industry leaders dismissed her product because a sports doll was not mainstream. “Girls want fashion dolls,” she heard, over and over. Jodi was not convinced and knew mainstream ideas never create change. By 2015, she made significant strides and her product was launched in Walmart stores.
In this powerful presentation, Jodi speaks on the value and benefit of women supporting women in business and in life. She brings awareness to the stereotypes imposed upon women - of competitiveness and jealousy - and the steps needed to eliminate them from our culture, so women can rise together. She shares her entrepreneurial experience and the mentors who have helped her succeed through their guidance, kindness and support. Jodi offers strategies for women to get behind each other and provides examples of what the power of being a woman really looks like.
In this presentation Jodi empowers girls to realize their full potential. Research shows interests, ambitions, and skills can be shaped early on by media and toys, influencing everything from subjects they choose to study to the careers they ultimately pursue. Jodi inspires girls to break free from stereotypes and embrace their unique strengths and assertiveness.
What does STEAM have to do with creating a business? Everything! Jodi encourages participants to develop their talents, build their knowledge, and pursue their passions without limits. From rough draft to a finished product, Jodi speaks on the importance of science, technology, engineering, art and math and how they were instrumental in creating the Go! Go! Sports Girls dolls. This topic allows audiences to understand what STEAM can look like outside the classroom.
“Jodi’s presentation to our organization was heartfelt, inspiring and highlighted the results of following your passion, perseverance and embracing change. I received very positive feedback from our team members who thoroughly enjoyed Jodi’s talk and her connection to our tween girl customer. Her drive to promote positive body image by pushing media and retail to do a better job portraying girls beyond stereotypes aligns perfectly with our 'Every Girl, Every Day' mantra.”
"Jodi was excellent! By far the best speaker and the message… she made the conference."
"Jodi Bondi Norgaard gets people excited about female empowerment! Jodi joined us for a Leadership Panel today and was terrific! She told her entrepreneurial story and how she has evolved her personal brand. She told it with an authenticity, energy and humor that resonates with people. Regardless of the audience (students, corporate emerging talent, non-profit leaders) Jodi knows how to get people engaged in and excited about female empowerment."
"We've had the pleasure of having Jodi speak at our events on numerous occasions, including our WIT/Walmart meetings, and each time she delivers an engaging, powerful and fun presentation! She connects with our members on every level with her breadth of knowledge and engaging, inspirational message. She truly is an unstoppable force, and her insights are invaluable on everything from starting and growing your own business to women in the workforce to gender stereotypes in the toy industry. Every time Jodi presents, we walk away fired up and ready to dream big and go for it!”
"Jodi has the uncanny ability to provide an audience with a dynamic connection to her story and intent. Through her business experiences and background, she is able to capture an audience and hold them in order to provide the intended results. Whether large or small, she will provide an engaging talk that will inspire and excite. She comes highly recommended!"
"Jodi really spoke to me personally as a mom to a young daughter and how I want to be a good role model."
"Jodi Norgaard, founder of Go! Go! Sports Girls joined Girls in the Game's Teen Squad at a professional development workshop titled, "Women & Girls Representation in the Media." Ms. Norgaard shared her personal story of being inspired to create positive, age-appropriate toys for girls (and boys), and gave insight into being an entrepreneur. Encouraged by Ms. Norgaard's journey, the Teen Squad girls also opened up to share some of their own stories, of times they have felt pigeonholed due to their gender."
"Jodi really captured our girls attention by making her presentation relatable to our teens with her visuals, pictures, and sharing her story. She gave girls hope and inspired them to never give up and not allow barriers to block them reaching their dreams. I like how Jodi shared her entrepreneurial knowledge with our teens. She made her message clear that girls are smart, strong, and adventurous."
“From the moment that Jodi Norgaard and I first spoke, I knew that I was speaking to someone genuine, passionate and deeply committed to girls and women. I was grateful that Jodi agreed to speak at the She Leads 2017 conference in NYC, as the audience absolutely loved her down-to-earth style, witty-intelligence and most importantly, her story of how she came to be a successful entrepreneur. Jodi is so incredibly generous with her time and connections and would make an incredible speaker at any conference that’s seeking to inspire women and girls to stand up for something that’s personally important to them. As an event producer, I can definitively say that Jodi is a true professional, in every aspect.”
“Whether you’re interested in women’s issues, building a brand on values, or entrepreneurship, Jodi Bondi Norgaard’s storytelling encompasses it all. Jodi and her business show us what happens when indignation, creativity, and persistence meet. She brought her personal story a lot of humor to an intense subject and engaged the audience with her energy and candor.”