Charismatic in a non-creepy televangelist way, energetic, transparent, funny, sometimes inappropriate & an open book.

I love talking about all the things that make us human and freely share my stories + expert knowledge + advice.

Let's go there for your audience!

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Tapping into the wisdom of your #1 mentor - your 80-yo future self and living in a way that she will thank you for

What it takes to live a wildly fulfilling life - one that feels as good on the inside as it looks from the outside

Topics I love to speak about

Taking exquisite and exceptional care of yourself  - physically, mentally, and emotionally so you can have the impacts you want to make on the world while being fulfilled and content

The radical pursuit of deep contentment which looks like putting yourself first sometimes, having your own back, and being your own best friend

Letting joy, desire, pleasure, and delight guide your way because that's the only way lasting changes will stick

I'm an open book and wear my emotions on my sleeves when sharing stories about finding my way back to me and the dramatic night and day difference it's had on my life.

My own tales of overcoming decades long loneliness (results of an emotionally abusive childhood).

Almost walking away from the only good thing in my life (my marriage and family) and realizing the ginormous mistake I was making at literally the 11th hour.

The proverbial straw that broke the camel's back and had me finally heal childhood traumas (an email from my mom sweeping allllll the abuse under the rug).

My gloriously messy and not always graceful journey of healing (I wouldn't have it any other way).

Losing both of my parents 9 months apart and how it opened up new layers of healing I never realized were there and why I'm the most emotionally well I've ever been.

Growing old gratefully and powerfully. I'm just getting started and LOVE lighting the 🔥 in others.

And my unique approach to coaching clients using my SELFISH framework which blends my years of training and experience in the personal development world alongside my work as an expert software development project manager people actually enjoy working with.

People love hearing tales of all the things that make us human

All delivered with my signature style of awkwardly charming & hilarious candor

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In a world that profits from our pain, Jen Vertanen encourages you to take the rebellious route and put your needs first sometimes so your life feels as good as it looks. 

Jen is a certified coach + writer who helps “have it all” women ditch the guilt for wanting more, get crystal clear on what’s missing in their lives and take intentional + inspired action TODAY.

Using her signature candor and humor, Jen wants the world to know it’s never too late and you're never too old but you do kind of need to get going. 

Jen lives in MN with her husband, last kiddo at home, and 2 newfs and when she’s not working, you can find her reading erotica, planning her next trip, having a conversation with her 80-yo self, or enjoying a glass of dry red or a fancy cocktail. Learn more at

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I have a few important notables:

I will share enthusiastically as I see fit for my audience and am most active on Instagram and Facebook.

I will not create special content for your audience.

I believe in autonomy and free-will and certain audiences (ahem, white Jesus GOP Christians) most likely will not appreciate nor agree with me. 

I do swear (here and in real life) but I don't have to and am more than happy to keep my content clean if your show or event requires it.

You must have diversity in your speakers – body, sexuality, gender identity, culture, etc. I am a cis queer white woman who deeply values diversity in voice, culture, and appearance.

I have stories to share that help others feel less alone. I share them freely and openly because I know the power sharing our stories has on our collective healing and me doing so gives others permission to share as well.

If you're cool with these, please send an email to and we'll get the ball rolling! I can't wait to go there with you!

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