About Joanie Connell

Joanie B. Connell, Ph.D.

President, CEO
Flexible Work Solutions

Dr. Joanie B. Connell is an organizational consultant and leadership coach who specializes in maximizing leadership potential.  She works with companies to attract, develop, and retain top talent.  She works with individuals to improve their success and happiness in their careers.  She is also the author of the book “Flying without a Helicopter: How to Prepare Young People for Work and Life.”

A former engineer, Joanie specializes in helping technical leaders develop people strategies to better manage their teams and build stronger relationships across functions and organizations.  She hosts a podcast on the subject called Reinventing Nerds.  She is writing a book called Consulting to Technical Leaders: Transforming Technical Experts to Managers and Leaders to be published by the American Psychological Association in 2021.

Joanie also loves helping women leaders navigate the labyrinth to the top, balancing assertiveness with warmth and being present both at work and at home, all the while taking care of themselves.  She hosts a series on Women Lead Radio called REAL Life Lessons where she interviews successful women leaders on these issues.

Another of her passions is helping young people develop the life skills needed to thrive at work, like resilience, empowerment, authenticity, and flexibility–the ones they don’t teach you in school.  She coaches and presents lessons from her book, “Flying without a Helicopter” to young adults as well as adolescents to help them build the inner strength they need in today’s anxiety-ridden world.

Joanie has a wealth of consulting experience.  She has consulted with Fortune 100 companies, as well as small and medium sized businesses, and also non-profits and the public sector.  She has research and teaching experience too.  She teaches/has taught business and psychology students at the Rady School of Management at the University of California San Diego, the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, and in the Masters in Human Behavior program at National University.

Joanie earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in Engineering from Harvard University.  She is also a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach.

Joanie is available to consult, coach, present keynote speeches, and make media appearances.  She also likes to write guest blog posts.

Listen to an interview with her on Natural Born Coaches.


%d bloggers like this: