Meet Joelle

Joelle Jay is a principal with the global leadership development firm, Leadership Research Institute (LRI) and the author of The Inner Edge: The 10 Practices of Personal Leadership. As an executive coach, author and speaker, Joelle helps leaders leverage their talents to achieve top performance and business results. As a result, leaders are able to sustain the effectiveness and sense of professional well-being that keep them at their best.

Professional Experience

Dr. Joelle K. Jay has devoted her career to helping experienced, emerging, and high-potential leaders expand, enhance and preserve their talent for heightened performance and business results. She has been responsible for shaping the strategy and success of senior leaders; overseen the development of high-potential leaders into positions of senior leadership; and led the implementation of a comprehensive executive coaching model for a large international organization. Dr. Jay understands the demands placed on accomplished, high-achieving leaders and helps them preserve their talent by balancing business results with a sense of personal and professional well-being.

In one-on-one coaching, team facilitation, workshops and keynote presentations, Joelle focuses on the processes and practices of successful leadership for emerging, experienced, and high potential leaders. Her clients include global businesses in investment services, finance, hospitality, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, education, communication and technology.

Education and Expertise

Joelle earned her Ph.D., with an emphasis on learning and leadership, from the University of Washington. In addition, she has a master’s degree from Boston University, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, and advanced certification from the International Coach Federation. She is an accomplished author who has published three books, including her latest, The Inner Edge, and dozens of articles, white papers and research reports. Her award-winning research is the basis for courses in universities around the world.


The depth of Joelle’s knowledge and skills in the area of leadership are complemented by a very personal, centered approach to development that focuses squarely on the needs and aspirations of the leaders with whom she works. Her transforming impact comes from her ability to connect performance expectations with the personal elements of leadership. Dr. Jay is an authority in the field of personal leadership, which she defines as “the ability to apply the strategies and skills of leadership to mastering the leadership of oneself.” Her significant body of work studying the challenges of high-performance leaders has led to the development of essential strategies to help executives attain and sustain the engagement, fulfillment and commitment needed to excel.

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