Imperative Inspiration

Jodi’s Story


I’ve always been interested in how my own mind works…and how others think. Do we have more in common than we know? How can we establish authentic connections in a world full of distraction? What can we do to gain useful knowledge and methods to live a better, more connected life? 

A student of communications, I grew obsessed with deepening my understanding of how we can improve our relationships (with our self, and with others). Becoming a teacher, I developed curriculum to encourage students to gain personal insight, and to develop personal tools to live more connected, happier lives. I found that over time, when certain experiential learning methods are practiced, emotional intelligence grows! Naturally, students grew more confident, self-aware, and motivated! Yet still…there were many adults who had never learned these tools.

There are ways to live a better life! You just have to try them out for yourself!

In 2012, I founded Imperative Education to share my self-development methodology more widely. I’ve facilitated workshops for teachers, students, and corporate teams and supported teams to be more accountable, communicate with ease,  and increase productivity and work/life balance.

Behaviour can change – and people can too!

Whether it’s a group of 100, or individual coaching sessions, I love sharing my methods for self-knowledge and effective communication strategies with people who are ready to gain some much needed control over their lives.  You will not find a more fun, tough loving coach to support yourself and/or your community. I’m a communications expert and a lover of people.

Let’s create memorable experiences together!

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I have worked with Jodi Derkson (Imperative Education), in the field of human connection, race awareness work, mindfulness, and teen problem areas in their digital world and I have always been so impressed with her knowledge, her passion and her ability to reach her audiences.
Heather Schuetze

Former Head of Personal Counseling, St. Georges School, Vancouver

Jodi somehow created an environment where all of us felt individually accepted and cared for. More importantly, she taught us to see others in our class through a lens of common humanity.
Tamarah Prevost

Future Lawyer

I am absolutely stunned by how fast things turned around for our daughter! A month ago we were considering pulling her out of school and now she sounds so happy and good! Whatever you did must have been right!

One on One Counselling, Vancouver, BC

This was an incredibly useful session. Very personal and genuine with a lot of useful, practical tips. Very much enjoyed the embracing who you are attitude. I feel like I have a tangible take-away!
Katie Berezan

Negotiation Workshop to Empower Women, Vancouver, BC

Jodi is funny, lights up the room, and is an excellent, lively facilitator!
Angela Convery

Negotiation Workshop to Empower Women, Vancouver, BC

After one session A has begun to use the tools Jodi taught her and is so much happier and engaging much better with her peers. She even handled a huge disappointment really well today. Jodi is incredibly intuitive and has a talent for quickly getting to the bottom line and helping the client own the solution.

One on One Counselling, Surrey, BC

Ms. Derkson always created a safe, fun and comfortable classroom environment for all students. From day 1, it was clear she was someone that could be trusted and confided in. She’s a caring, funny and good-hearted person.
Jeff Jacobson

Jeff Jacobson Company

S has been doing a lot better. Now that she has the tools from you she actually uses them on a daily basis. Even at home!! I see her so much stronger just in a few days after she met you for the first time. And her confidence! Wow!!! I’m so lucky to have met you. I really don’t know what I would have done. I would definitely recommend you to my family and friends!! I see the difference in her she’s very out spoken now where as she used to keep everything inside. Her bullies are afraid of her now which makes me so happy – she can stand up for herself. Thank you Jodi.

One on One Counselling, Surrey, BC

You can live a better life! We'll show you how.

We’ve worked with people of all ages and love witnessing their ‘aha’ moments and personal growth.

We can’t wait to work with  you!

Hello, I'm Jodi!

I offer individual and group coaching to help youth & adults manage their anxiety and mental health with ease.

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Here I am. Approachable. Zero judgment. I know how to connect and help.