What Our Clients Are Saying

"I first met Joanne in a peer situation, but quickly embraced her as so much more.  When I was looking for a thought partner to aid me in my next career evolution, she proved to be the perfect coach. She inspired me to think bigger, be clearer, and push harder.  I ended up in the perfect place for me - and she was a major factor in helping me to get there.  She's just fantastic."

- Christina Luconi

Chief People Officer, Rapid7

"I would recommend Joanne Derr to any leader or organization seeking coaching, leadership development, or leadership team building . Joanne is a highly skilled coach and team facilitator. She utilizes a wonderful combination of powerful tools, strong personal coaching and facilitation skills, and very practical advice and encouragement."

- Jerry Rubin
President and CEO, Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) Boston

"When I started looking into leadership positions, I realized that successfully navigating the interviews and beyond would require learning a distinct set of skills and language.  Joanne was an outstanding coach throughout the process.  She helped me to sharpen my communication skills and taught me about executive presence.  With her help, I received offers from competitive institutions.  Being an effective leader also requires significant introspection and diplomacy, and she has helped me tremendously as I begin my new role.  I give Joanne my highest recommendation"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - Michael Lim, M.D.

Chair of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine

"Joanne is the ultimate coach. She consistently pushed me outside my comfort zone in strategic ways that were immediately beneficial to me a senior leader of an international non-profit.  I sought out Joanne's help during a particularly difficult period of restructuring, and hired her, in part, due to her unique experience in HR, non-profit leadership, and senior management.  Throughout our multi-year engagement, Joanne mentored me through a series of difficult challenges and exciting opportunities, including a formidable organizational restructuring. By working with Joanne on executive presence, leadership, and communication skills, I was able to apply new techniques to my leadership style and successfully navigate the restructuring of the organization not only on schedule, but with the strong support of my Board, leadership team, employees, and other partners. The best leaders are those that seek to improve their own leadership skills. Joanne has been the perfect partner on this very personal and professional journey. I highly recommend Joanne to any serious senior leader seeking to reach the next level of their career".

                                                                                                                                                                                      -Tom Mason

                                                                             Executive Director, U.S. Japan Bridging Foundation

"Joanne has made me a better leader which is great, but what is far more important is that she has helped me become a happier and more fulfilled person. Our sessions have been supportive but challenging and helped me unlock some of the behavioral changes that I needed to make. I am a better leader thanks to Joanne and I would jump at the chance to work with her again.

 -Duncan Wiley

VP, Utility Company

I was lucky to work with Joanne when she served as my Executive Coach. I found her to be a breath of fresh air: direct and yet still encouraging, honest and warm. She used tools that gave me a data-driven view of my strengths and growth areas and taught me how to work toward my personal development goals methodically and with purpose. I would highly recommend her to any new executives or those in need of a little tune up. I’m grateful for my time with her and a better leader because if it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -Andrea Perera

                                                                                             VP of Public Engagement, Oxfam America

Joanne has been an amazing colleague, coach and friend for the past several years. I was able to experience Joanne’s coaching expertise first-hand when I hired her as an executive coach during my onboarding with a new company. She is skilled at raising self-awareness so that her clients can bring their best self to work. She quickly builds rapport, provides a safe space for open and honest conversation, and offers an unbiased perspective. She also provided the right amount of structure and tools to ensure that my session objectives were met. She truly listens to understand and serves her clients. Joanne is well respected and networked within the Boston business community and is an active member of HRLF, SHRN and The Boston Club. She is viewed as a trusted advisor and a top executive coach. I highly recommend Joanne and I am very proud to have her as a colleague in my network.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  -Bonnie Bystrek

                                                                                                                                                                                                             Chief People Officer, Virtual, Inc