Listening to Joan, audiences learn they are hardly unique or alone in their personal quest to become their personal best as they battle the formidable challenge to find the seemingly elusive “proper balance”.

Joan illuminates a humanity that connects with those similarly situated beyond any kind of business tips. She leaves an indelible impression, and audiences, advisor clients, and readers of her blog feel their world inexorably shifted as a result of being seen and understood. Ranging from audience sizes large and small, she believes in working directly with you to craft a talk that will truly wow your audience.

While Joan spends most of her time in Marin County, north of San Francisco, she travels worldwide to speak and advise entrepreneurs and businesses. To request Joan Barnes to speak at your conference, event, or business; fill out the form below and we will respond within 24 hours. Joan’s fees range for speaking engagements – and based on the request, we’ll be able to quickly assess and provide a quote.

If you are interested in contacting Joan for anything else, including a Press/Talk Show, she would be delighted to hear from you at joan@joanbarnesspeaks.com. She or her staff will get back to you pronto!

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``Don't even try to brake on the downhill rocky parts, Joan Barnes, an avid mountain bike racer, directed me on my first ride. She could have been spouting her life's philosophy. Forget leaning in, Joan has always jumped in. As a young mother of two active daughters, she started Gymboree in a church basement. When she sold that business, hundreds of stores later, she took up yoga with her usual passion. Within a year she launched the Yoga Studio, a group of beautifully appointed studios in the San Francisco Bay Area with the region's best teachers and yoga clothing. Always evolving and adventurous, Joan is one of the most inspiring women I know. Her life force, intelligence and wit are as expansive as her asanas and as full-bodied as her laugh.``

Patricia Ziegler Co-Founder of Banana Republic and Republic of Tea

``Joan Barnes is as provocative as she is inspiring. Her story and success keenly highlight the paradoxes of strength and vulnerability. She leaves the audience moved and wanting more.``

Stephanie Brenner Kirksey Senior Director at Capital One

``Joan is a force of nature and she is real. Her story inspired my community both in San Francisco and New York where she spoke and moved us to tears. We love her energy and only wanted more. Go Joan Barnes!``

Edith Yeung Founder & CEO of BizTech Day

``Joan Barnes, a pioneer of female entrepreneurship, the founder of the iconic company Gymboree and a hero to many small business owners generously shares her journey, so entrepreneurs today can avoid mistakes, embrace innovation and succeed in business and in life.``

Rieva Lesonsky CEO of GrowBiz Media and SmallBizDaily.com, and former Editorial Director of Entrepreneur Magazine