Jodi Neuhauser

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Ovaterra CEO Jodi Neuhauser, in brief.

Jodi Neuhauser

Home: Charlottesville, VA; New York, NY.  Age: 38.  Organization: Ovaterra.  Title: Co-founder & CEO.  Significant other: Justin.  Alma mater: University of Virginia.

Current project: Fertility trailblazer working to change a broken healthcare system where information is siloed and not holistic.  Latest accomplishment: Seeing Ovaterra move forward to provide transparency around an overwhelming process.  Latest contribution to others: I am a natural teacher and, therefore, a voracious learner who aims to simplify information, making it easier to understand and digest.  Hobbies: Being a mom; running, pilates, travel, cooking, Peloton.  Recent travel or adventure: Spent the last several years living in Cape Town, South Africa.  Last book read: Conscious Capitalism, by John Mackey and Rajendra Sisodia.

What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Nurturer.  What is your greatest joy? My daughter Kellen.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Teacher.  How do you relieve stress? Daily morning workout to re-fill my cup.  What is your go-to workout? Running, pilates and biking.

What’s featured prominently on your office wall? Pictures of my family.  What is the best advice you received in your career? Put yourself first.  Validation comes from within and not from others.  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Calendly.  What is your go-to source of news and information? New York Times.

What is your big idea? To change a broken system.  I co-founded Ovaterra to put the power back in the hands of the patient, by providing clarity and control over the fertility journey, which I believe is the future of women’s health.  What message do you want to send out into the world? Read as much as you can, as often as you can.  Reading and learning open your mind to new opportunities and allow you to see new connections between people, businesses and experiences that may not be so obvious to someone else.  What mega-trend most excites you? The future of women’s health.

As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A teacher.  I used my uncle’s truck as a whiteboard to teach my sister.  What object would you save first from your burning home? Pictures of my family.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? Surrounded by family and friends, eating good food and drinking wine after a long workout.  What advice would you give your younger self? Know your value.  I spent the early part of my career looking externally for validation of my worth and value, while desperately trying to prove it to others which ends up being exhausting and limiting.  After working with an amazing executive coach, I realized value and self worth comes from the inside.  Instead of seeking to please others, I spend my time focusing on new opportunities and growing my business.  What period in your life would you do differently if you could? To have put myself first earlier on in my career.  It wasn’t until I became a mom that I realized the true meaning of “You can’t pour from an empty cup.”  Now, I work hard to prioritize the needs of myself and my family, so that I can give much more to those around me.

Personal mission: To empower people to have clarity and control over their healthcare decisions.  Personal motto: Knowledge is power.  Knowledge aggregated is power multiplied.  Knowledge simply delivered is game-changing.  Favorite quote: "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard."

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