#Thrive Thursday: Meet Joan Michelson; Speaker, Coach, Managing Editor

thrive thursday Jul 29, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?  

As a native New York City girl with a dad who was a brilliant wordsmith, creative ad man, and principled entrepreneur, I evolved (so far) into a combination journalist and business communicator who infuses every story, interview or creation with a love of language, artistry and a passion for making a difference. As a woman who navigated a variety of societal and professional (conscious and unconscious) forces against strong career- and business-women, I put raising the visibility and influence of talented women at the top of my priority list.  I’m delighted that work has evolved to include coaching women to help them find and realize the best professional expression of themselves, as well as a podcast of interviews with remarkable women innovators making the world a better place.


What message do you promote?

“Find a way”


In what capacity do you LEAD UP in your community?

As a career coach, podcaster interviewing women innovators in energy, sustainability, climate and corporate responsibility, journalist (currently in Forbes), and as a facilitator of Mastermind Groups.


In business and/or in life, share a struggle you overcame that other women can relate to

One struggle?! How about two to start: 1. sexual harassment and discrimination in Corporate America, and 2. an ex-husband who was so financially irresponsible and unethical that it cost me years in court and about 7 figures to make sure I was free of him and his detritus. 


What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do?

Helping cool, talented women who are doing great things evolve and shine in their careers.


How do you SHOW UP?

I “show up” with wit and candor and zillions of ideas.


If you could give one piece of advice for women who are entering the workforce or launching their own business what would that be? 

  1. Take care of your own money-earning it, spending it carefully, saving it, and investing it. 
  2. Do not give money to, or invest money in, anything you do not understand AND have external validation of. In other words, if some hot boyfriend wants you to “loan” or “invest” money in his pet project, unless he’s the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, at best, run for the door and at least ask a bonafide, independent expert in the field of your own choosing (or two or three) about it BEFORE giving the hottie a penny. (and no, this is not what happened to me, but it happens to a lot of women).   
  3. Be willing to take a fascinating job that seems to have come from Mars – even if you’ve been committed to being an entrepreneur and even if it’s in a place you never thought you would live.  It could be the best experience of your career (this did happen to me).
  4. Make sure to move forward every day, in even a small way, on one goal that you feel you must tackle in this lifetime. 


Connect with Joan Michelson

[email protected]


Green Connections Radio podcast – all podcast platforms and our website

Complimentary 30-minute coaching session via Contact Us on my website




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