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Joan is an Electrifying Speaker

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.


“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, BizTech Day
“Joan Barnes is the voice of experience for female entrepreneurs.  As she told the story of her years at Gymboree, the audience learned of her successes and setbacks, all told with a refreshing candor and truthfulness.  Joan’s presence lights up a panel.  I was honored to meet her.”
Judith Inglehart, EdD, President, International Division, Keiretsu Forum

Joan Speaks to Audiences Large and Small

She works directly with you to craft a talk to wow your audience.

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Joan Barnes is the trailblazing businesswoman who built Gymboree into a billion-dollar global brand, but in this candid interview with “Extra,” the mother of two reveals she paid a steep price for her success. View [...]

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Today we are going to meet a serial entrepreneur who built not one but two consumer companies from the ground up! You may not know her name right away you certainly know her mark. Joan [...]

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The Entrepreneurial Anti-Formula

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Imagine how helpful if would be if we could easily extract the formula for entrepreneurial wizardry from a business school course book, a scintillating TED talk, an excel spreadsheet or a Times bestselling “how to” [...]