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As a seasoned executive coach and vice president of human resources for over 25 years, Joanne understands both the successes and challenges of being a senior leader. She understands that for leaders, growth, feedback, and behavior change is hard work, and that it starts with good support and information.

Joanne's talks are engaging, educational, and interactive. Whether providing a signature talk, on a panel, or moderating a panel, you will leave with an insight you didn't expect and at least one action you can take to be a better leader and team member.

Contact Joanne at joanne@joannederr.com for speaking inquiries.

Signature Talk Titles

Increase your Impact as a Coaching Leader

Impactful leaders bring their authentic selves, values, and skills to work every day. Catching the tendency to be the expert by “telling” and “advising”, learning to ask powerful questions is a transformational leadership practice. This program will help you discover the power of coaching to create the impact you want as a leader and to truly partner and get results with your team.

Develop and Create Alignment for High Performing Teams

Not all “groups” are actually “teams”. On high performing teams, members share a common vision, goals, and metrics, and collaborate, challenge and hold each other accountable to achieve outstanding results. In this highly interactive talk, you’ll learn and practice the 5 steps to developing and maintaining a high-performance team including the leaders’ and team member’s roles.

Embrace and Lead through Change

Companies that pursue and embrace change tend to be healthier organizations with more engaged employees. The process begins with understanding the business needs for change, identifying what needs to change, and the key messages for the organization. This program helps leaders and their teams adopt a change model, understand the impact for the organization, and create a change roadmap that will be well received and that will stick.

Create Success in your first 90 days: build positive momentum

Did you get promoted or become an executive in a new organization? It is imperative to use a systematic onboarding method to thrive. Matching your expectations with the organization and your new boss, adapting to the cultural, political and technical environment, mapping out key stakeholders, and assessing your new team all help you secure early wins and avoid typical pitfalls of a new leadership role. In this program Joanne helps you think through an OnBoarding Plan which you will use to gain positive momentum and success.

Other talk topics include:

  • The power of open-ended questions

  • Peer coaching for great teamwork

  • Building a culture of accountability

  • Delivering feedback and “feedforward”

About the Programs

These programs are delivered in many formats - one-to-one, group coaching, full day, half-day, retreats, or as ongoing programs.

Delivered At:

  • Tufts University Board Best Practices Summit

  • Marsh and McLennan Agency client roundtables

  • National Diversity Council/Women in Leadership Panel

"Through positive and provocative questions Joanne generated interaction and engagement, providing skills and tools that our leaders immediately implemented"




With over 25 years of executive and business experience coupled with a foundation in counseling and education, Joanne has a deep understanding of corporate culture, strategy, and operations allowing her to work with leaders and their teams, and to naturally link clients’ coaching goals with business success. 

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Joanne works with C-Suite executives in Fortune 100 corporations, and directors and other professionals in smaller businesses and not-for-profits. She’s versatile in a wide range of industries including:

  • Computer Software and Services

  • Biotech and  Pharma

  • Universities and  Research

  • Healthcare

  • Telecommunications and Energy

  • Not-for-Profit Organizations


  • Iron Mountain

  • National Grid

  • Ginko Bioworks

  • Tiburio Theraputics

  • Toast 

  • Oxfam America 

  • Jewish Vocational Services

  • ALEXX Foundation

  • City of Chelsea

  • Babson College

  • Atrium Health

  • Johns Hopkins Medicine

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