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Joan  Kuhl

Joan Kuhl

Author & Multi-Generational Workforce Expert

Joan Kuhl

Author & Multi-Generational Workforce Expert


Joan Kuhl is a champion for girls’ leadership and advancing women in the workforce. She is also a generations in the workplace expert with decades of global research and consulting experience. 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).

She is an international speaker and a consultant on talent management, career, women and gender, communication and leadership trends. After 14 years in the pharmaceutical industry and building her thought leadership as a campus speaker, mentor and coach, Joan launched Why Millennials Matter/Kuhl Co., a training, research and consulting company that focuses on raising awareness about the value of investing in the early career workforce and advancing women in the work place in global corporations and business schools. Her international speaking engagements and consulting have impacted leaders from over 60 countries with clients such as Eli Lilly, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, Discovery Communications, Moody’s, FINRA, Novo Nordisk, Viacom, BlackRock, the NY Mets, Columbia Business School and University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.

She has launched and worked with over a dozen corporate women's networks and young professional, intergenerational employee resource groups. Her expertise has been featured in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, CNBC, SUCCESS and Cosmopolitan Magazine. Joan is a #SheBelieves Champion for the U.S. Soccer Organization where she is developing a national leadership curriculum on confidence and community content to inspire girls and young women to achieve their goals on and off the field. She is a Contributor to Forbes Women and NBC’s Know Your Value.

Joan has served as a board member for the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute, named after the former CEO of the Girls Scouts of the USA and currently serves on the board of Girls Inc of NYC. She earned her B.S.B.A. at the University of Pittsburgh, M.B.A. at Rutgers University where she studied global management in Shanghai and Beijing China. She completed the Principles and Practices of Organizational Development at Columbia University.

Speaker Videos

Dig Your Heels In Book Promo

Stay to Lead: A Female Talent Retention and Development Program

Interview on Hallmark Channel Home and Family Show

Workshop Highlight at US Soccer She Believes Summit

Dig Your Heels In Workshop

Speech Topics

Dig Your Heels In

Based on Joan’s book, 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. Learn how to make it happen to set the stage for success, map out the bold moves and overcome strategies that limit your mindset; Making work worth it by cultivating key relationships every woman needs, soliciting feedback to power your awareness and learning work + life hacks to help you craft the career you desire without compromising your values and personal priorities.

The Urgency of Female Leadership

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).

Inspiring Upstand(HER)s

This workshop is centered around the concept that being an upstander is about standing up and speaking out on behalf of girls and women. Teaching girls and women how to be an upstander includes strategies for conflict management, intervening against gender biased behaviors and necessitates the development of empathy skills and emotional intelligence. Joan’s approach to Upstand(HER) behavior aims to first help girls recognize when someone is hurt by acknowledging the situation, demonstrating empathy, and using emotional intelligence to proactively speak up and out. This talk is geared towards both 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.

Millennials & Gen Z: Career Planning & Feedback for Growth & 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.