After 14 years in the pharmaceutical industry including a decade at Eli Lilly, Joan launched Why Millennials Matter/The Kuhl Co. in 2014 as a training, research, and consulting company, leveraging her expertise in gender + generational dynamics.
Joan designs leadership training for Executive and Managing Director retreats, talent management discussions and team building sessions for global groups across diverse industries. Joan was the external project manager for the Women’s Employee and Minority Employee Journey designing the learning resources for WILL and facilitates global activations for the Gender Inclusion Network and hosts the GIN-WILL podcast.
Over 650+ employees in 24 countries have participated in her signature program, Stay To Lead, a leadership retention and advancement program. Joan has worked with corporate leadership development teams to track the positive impact on the women's retention, engagement and promotions.
Joan's international speaking engagements and consulting have impacted leaders from over 60 countries with clients such as Blackrock, Eli Lilly, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, Discovery Communications, Moody’s, FINRA, Novo Nordisk, US Soccer and the NY Mets. She is the author of Dig Your Heels In: Navigate Corporate BS and Build the Company You Deserve (April 2019) and Misunderstood Millennial Talent (2016). Her expertise has been featured in the NY Times, Harvard Business Review, CNBC, SUCCESS, as well as The Washington Post, and she is a Contributor to ForbesWomen and MSNBC Know Your Value.
Joan earned her B.S.B.A. at the University of Pittsburgh and her M.B.A. at Rutgers University, where she studied global management in Shanghai and Beijing, China. For the past 20 years, Joan has served on the board of organizations who invest in girls leadership and confidence. Joan enjoys cheering on the US Women's National Soccer Team with her husband and two daughters.
How to Be a Better Ally (Keynote, 2-Hour or Half Day)
Active and visible efforts to listen and support the female voice at all levels are critical to unleashing the full potential of an organization's diverse workforce. This program is a foundational building block for your managers to identify and remove barriers that women face in high-performance workplace environments.
The interactive experience includes scenario-based exercises, 1:1 breakouts, and research-backed tools to help your people managers become inclusive and equitable leaders at your organization while helping the teams they manage to thrive and advance.
Ascent - The Next Generation of Female Executives
This female leadership initiative educates, equips, and empowers women identified as next-generation executives to advance in their organizations.
Using customized curriculums and dynamic experiences Joan prepares participants for new challenges, by unleashing their personal impact style and providing growth opportunities to stretch their strengths and develop broader business impact, vision and purpose.
This program is designed to integrate your organization's leadership programming to ensure consistency in language, career strategies, values, and performance management objectives for optimum commitment, engagement and results.
Aligned to three stages of development along with self-study components, pre and post-live workshop assignments, group peer coaching, accountability partnerships, and 1:1 coaching.
SAMPLE TOPICS INCLUDE:
•Role Articulation & Leadership Vision
•Navigating Conflict & Negotiation Skills
•Enterprise & Individual Goal Ownership
•Network Development & Stakeholder Engagement
•Managing Well-being & Growing Demands.
Stay to Lead Talent Accellerator
STAY TO LEAD is a global female talent retention and leadership development program for high-performing mid-level professionals, inspired by Joan Kuhl's Dig Your Heels In. The program is designed to empower participants with strategies to advance and thrive in the global workplace.
The peer cohort experience cultivates meaningful connections with colleagues, so they can bring positive change into their teams, companies, and personal lives.
For maximum 360-degree impact, a companion manager training can be run in parallel in order to teach people managers the barriers women face and the coaching tools they’ll need to fuel culture change within their organization.
Millennials and Gen Z: Career Planning and Feedback for Growth and Engagement
In today’s multi-generational workplace there is often a lot of mixed messages and challenges amongst managers and early career professionals. This workshop covers the seismic shifts that influenced each generation’s expectations about work and advancement to help participants crack the code on relationships, productivity and retention.
Dig Your Heels In
Based on Dig Your Heels In and the global female talent leadership and retention program (Stay To Lead), this talk helps employees and leaders make the case for change at their company and lead efforts to achieve gender equality as a business imperative and a personal career journey. Attendees will learn how other women set the stage for success, and the bold moves and strategies that will turn frustration into fuel, cultivate key connections and allies, and craft the career they desire without compromising their values and personal priorities. This talk is also valuable to students and professionals working in academic settings.
Gender Equity in Times of the Pandemic
The Global Pandemic has had a disproportionate Impact on Women around the world (from employment to the physical, emotional and mental burden) and it has major consequences to her career and our business. Joan shares the trends and the strategies to empower women and men to pursue equity in our homes, our workplaces and our communities.
Connections, Communication and Courage: How to Bring Five Generations Closer Together in the Workplace
For the first time in history, five generations are working together and as a global organization, you must commit to fostering the connection between tenured professionals and rising young talent. Awareness and communication are key to successful relationships. This program can be designed to include the voices of diverse employees at your organization who will join a panel facilitated by Joan where they can share their personal experiences in context to Joan's research findings.
Cultivating Presence and Influence in the Virtual Workplace
Women continue to face biased expectations at work and home which can prevent them from bringing their whole authentic self to work and developing to their full leadership potential. Joan Kuhl leverages data to help women strengthen their confidence, cultivate courage and grow personal influence across a global organization in person and in virtual environments. Learn about the common self-limiting behaviors that hold women back and strategies to overcome Imposter Syndrome, Stifled Authenticity, the Myth of Meritocracy and Good Girl Thinking.
The Urgency of Female Leadership
This talk is tailored to C-Suite Executives and Board of Director Level Groups; This interactive strategy session reviews Case Studies from working with executives in healthcare, finance and sports around recruiting and advancing women with research to illuminate the impact on the next generation workforce and consumer segments (Millennials and Gen Z).
Catalyst from Within
This workshop/keynote is designed specifically for Women’s Networks (Employee Resource Groups, Affinity Groups and Associations) who want to accelerate their impact across the organization to develop future leaders and advocates for gender equality, increase employee engagement, expand marketplace reach and enable enduring principles and programs that solidify the value and business impact derived by women’s networks.
For younger audiences – middle school, high school and college aged women – AND those who work directly with girls and young women as teachers, counselors, mentors and managers. This workshop teaches girls how to be an upstander with strategies for intervening against micro aggressions, it also necessitates the development of empathy skills and emotional intelligence. My approach to Upstand(HER) behavior aims to first help girls recognize when someone is hurt by acknowledging the situation to the victim (I see you), demonstrating empathy (I get you), and using emotional intelligence to support (I feel you) and then learning to proactively speak out and stand up (I've got you!).
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