With a 25 year career history, Joanne is a visionary, results-driven Business and Talent Executive. Having led strategic and complex change initiatives across a variety of industries, she has worked at the C-level for major conglomerates, iconic nonprofits and social entrepreneurs. Joanne's experience is both domestic and international, including developing countries. A proven innovator and entrepreneurial thinker, she develops strategies and tactics which strengthen organizational performance and incentivize desired behaviors. Joanne is a sought after thought leader, speaker and author. Her new book is entitled, Tough As Nails: Finding Your Voice as a Woman in the Workplace. Other published works includes her articles on HR People + Strategy (SHRM Executive Network), “People Analytics: The “Flywheel Effect” for the field of HR (2016), and How Companies Kill Innovation (2016).
Joanne began her career in a bond insurance company – Financial Guaranty Insurance Company (FGIC) – as part of the GE/GE Capital conglomerate. Joanne was part of the team that led FGIC through a proactive company ‘reinvention.’ There, she won several leadership and other awards.
In 2001, she was recruited to build a global HR unit from the ground floor, and nearly 7 years later, Joanne was leading a matrixed team on 4 continents and in 6 countries for the first public-private partnership to work on advocacy and vaccine research/development for an AIDS vaccine – the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), heavily funded by Bill Gates through his foundation.
More recently, Joanne worked for the American Red Cross as a member of the executive team at the largest regional office. There, she led efforts to establish a shared services model, simplifying lines of reporting consolidating operations and improving performance. During her tenure, the volunteer population more than quadrupled. At the American Red Cross, Joanne helped to conceptualize an innovative revenue-generation initiative which produced a diverse portfolio of ideas to increase revenue at a critical juncture for the Region.
Joanne has served as a nonprofit consultant for the sector, advising senior leaders, Board members and staff at leading-edge organizations in the education, economic development and social services industries. She also served as VP, Human Capital for the New Teacher Project (TNTP) as part of her ongoing commitment to bold social impact causes.
Named a 2016 HR Hero for Oustanding Mentorship, Joanne was the Girl Scouts' first ever Chief Business and Talent Officer of the national office of the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA). Those responsibilities include two broad areas: strategic and operational leadership of talent and culture; and overall responsibility for the Girl Scouts' Cultural and Property Assets. Joanne's visionary and leading-edge approach to business and talent led to the launch of GSUSA's first workforce analytics function, leveraging data to shape talent solutions.