Joanna qualified as a medical doctor and spent a number of months in oncology where the death of a favourite patient provided a wake up call to get her life “on purpose”. Within 6 months she had changed career and was accepted to the prestigious Actors Centre Australia, where alumni include Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman.
While enjoying acting, a desire for more led Jo to explore the field of human psychology, behavior and growth. And in 2003 she launched her own coaching company in Sydney, with no network and no business experience. Within a year she had a thriving coaching practice, consulting with the likes of ANZ bank, John Fairfax Publishing and eBay.
In 2005 she became the of Head of Research and Training the fastest growing personal development company on the international stage at that time. In her final year with the company, the Australian partner company achieved the position as Business review Weekly’s 13th fastest growing company in Australia, due in no small part to Joanna’s new sales strategies, seminar re-design and extraordinary training expertise.
Joanna has delivered events and trainings often to audiences of up to 3000 at a time. She has certified over 1600 coaches, master coaches and trainers in behavioural change. And in the process, perfected her understanding of what it takes to make a successful training organistion.
The author of The Presentation Profits Blueprint , Joanna launched Shift Speaker Training in 2008, and it was an immediate success in both the UK and Australia. It exploded to 7-figures within 12 months. She went on to share her speaking success secrets with over 23000 business owners in her first 4 years, and personally worked with hundreds of business owners in her elite mentoring and coaching programs, commanding fees of up to $100,000 a year.
Her private client list reads like a who’s who list of industry luminaries in the UK, USA and Australia. She has consulted and trained startup speakers, through to 8-figure business owners, board members to MBEs, TV personalities and celebrity speakers many of whom choose to keep their work with Jo confidential. Even a conservative estimate would place Jo’s impact on these businesses to be in the tens, if not hundreds of millions.
Her most fulfilling work is that which she does on behalf of The Hunger Project, a global, non-profit organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. Joanna and her husband Greg are conscientious investors of both their money and time. She co-created the powerful fundraising workshop “Rethinking What’s Possible” and has trained over 70 facilitators in the USA, Australia, UK, Germany and Holland. This initiative has been instrumental in fundraising hundreds of thousands of dollars in investments in this crucial work.
Despite being a prolific creator, author and trainer, above all Joanna is a mother, a protective sister and a concerned friend. She lives in a tiny village in the Cotswolds in England, in her quiet country retreat where her son James tends the veggie patch.