Joanna Barsh

Joanna Barsh

Director Emerita at McKinsey & Company after 30+ years, Joanna Barsh is also the best-selling author of "How Remarkable Women Lead" and "Centered Leadership," which is the companion piece that teaches you the skills, tools, and practices to lead remarkably. Joanna created and launched The Centered Leadership Project in 2008 at McKinsey & Company in collaboration with dozens of colleagues to accelerate development of aspiring leaders.

In 2015, Joanna embarked on new research to explore how high performing, high potential younger professionals face challenges at work. Her groundbreaking new book, "Grow Wherever You Work" will be published in October, 2017. It includes the real-world stories of rising leaders, Joanna's hard-nosed advice, and concrete actions to turn your own work challenges into accelerated growth.

Joanna is a strong advocate for women. Invited by Mayor Bloomberg, Joanna served on NYC's Commission on Women's Issues from 2002 to 2013. She led seminal research on unlocking the potential of women for The Wall Street Journal's Women in the Economy Task Force in 2011 and 2012 and for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2013. She has spoken with many business and government leaders on women's advancement, including Australia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, and the U.K. Co-chair of the Leadership Working Group of the U.S. State Department's International Council on Women's Business Leadership, Joanna helped launch a program to develop women leaders globally.

Joanna holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago and Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar.

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    • How Remarkable Women Lead

    • The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life
    • By: Joanna Barsh, Susie Cranston, Geoffrey Lewis
    • Narrated by: Pam Ward
    • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 146
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    Based on five years of proprietary research, How Remarkable Women Lead speaks to you as no other book has, with its hopeful outlook and unique ideas about success.....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great read for Men & Women

    • By yvonne on 08-17-12

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Centered Leadership

    • Leading with Purpose, Clarity, and Impact
    • By: Joanna Barsh, Johanne Lavoie
    • Narrated by: Glynnis O'Connor
    • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
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      4 out of 5 stars 11

    No matter what stage you are currently at in your career, or what level of leadership you aspire to, this book will equip you with the tools to unlock your own Centered Leader and achieve more positive impact at work and outside it....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not my favorite

    • By Dela Mousavi on 05-08-19

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Grow Wherever You Work

    • Straight Talk to Help with Your Toughest Challenges
    • By: Joanna Barsh
    • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
    • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
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    • Story
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    How do real people succeed in the real world of work? That's the question best-selling author Joanna Barsh sets out to answer....

    Regular price: $23.07

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