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Joel Garfinkle: Professional Motivational and Keynote Speaker

About JoelFor more than a decade, Joel Garfinkle has been helping businesses and organizations thrive by inspiring professionals with no-fluff, practical advice to excel at work. Joel uses the insight he's gained from working first-hand with thousands of executives, senior managers, directors and employees to unveil the secrets of what turns business professionals into influential leaders. Recognized as one of the top 50 career coaches in North America, Joel's valuable insight has been sought after by many of the world's leading companies, including Google, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco Systems, Oracle, Bank of America, Citibank, Microsoft and many more.

A gifted, not average, motivational speaker, Joel uses his background in executive coaching, performance improvement, and change management to empower associations and corporate audiences to create more fulfilling work, achieve their full leadership potential and power extraordinary careers to even greater levels of success. When Joel speaks to individuals and teams within organizations, they learn specific tools, practical tips and techniques to put into practice immediately.

Joel is a frequent keynote and seminar speaker at national and international conferences for his expert advice on career advancement, excelling as a business leader, career transition and job fulfillment. A professional motivational and keynote speaker, Joel's ability to energize keynotes, meetings, conventions and seminars with his compelling and inspirational speaking style has created a great demand for his services.


Joel is a sought-after keynote and seminar speaker who is regularly called upon to address conferences across the country and around the world. He has delivered more than 1000 workshops, speeches and keynote addresses to groups such as the Commonwealth Club of California, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Society of Human Resource Management, Wells Fargo Bank, Oracle, Cisco Systems, Haas School of Business, Financial Women's Association and the University of California Berkeley.

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  • ABC News
  • National Public Radio
  • Wall Street Journal
  • New York Times
  • Newsweek
  • BusinessWeek
  • Forbes
  • USA Today
  • Microsoft CIO Network
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance
  • Fast Company
  • Contra Costa Times
  • AOL Find a Job
  • The Day (newspaper for Connecticut)
  • Jewish Bulletin
  • Registered Rep.
  • East Bay Business Times
  • Silicon 2.0 Online Tech Magazine
  • San Francisco Business Times


Joel is not only a successful leadership personal growth speaker, but also a successful coach and author whose works are read in more than 25 countries. He has authored five powerful transformative books.

  • Executive Presence: Sixteen Characteristics To Help You Advance Up The Corporate Ladder Quickly And Effectively Through Increased Exposure, Visibility, And Self-Promotion
  • Time Management Mastery: Stress-Free Productivity in The 7 Key Areas of Life (time, projects, people, schedules, information, work/life balance, and abundance)
  • Love Your Work: Make the Job You Have the One You've Always Wanted
  • Job Searching Made Easy: A Practical Guide and Process for Finding the Job You Need Fast!
  • Land Your Dream Job: The Last Career Search Book You'll Ever Need

As a leadership personal growth speaker, Joel has written numerous articles on executive leadership for local and national publications. More than 70 are available free on Garfinkle Executive Coaching.

He has also written hundreds of articles on making a career change and how to define and land your dream job. More than 300 are available free on Dream Job Coaching.

He also publishes a popular monthly newsletter "Fullfilment@Work," which is delivered to more than 10,000 subscribers around the world.


  • Oracle
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Google
  • Charles Schwab
  • Cisco Systems
  • Microsoft
  • Bank of America
  • Eli Lilly
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Gap Inc.
  • Marriott Hotels
  • Nissan
  • Accenture
  • Peoplesoft
  • Intuit
  • Shell Chemicals
  • Citibank
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  • Starbucks
  • Aetna
  • Deloitte
  • Coldwell Banker
  • Sapient Corporation
  • Electronic Arts
  • Capital City Bank
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Macromedia
  • Union Bank of California
  • Fidelity
  • Visa International
  • Macy's
  • Portland Parks Foundation
  • Intuit
  • Corning
  • Levi Strauss & Company
  • EDS
  • Motorola
  • Williams-Sonoma Inc.
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • New York Times
  • Morgan Stanley
  • BEA Systems, Inc.


Joel has worked as a consultant for two of the top consulting firms in the world: Ernst & Young in Hong Kong and Accenture in San Francisco. From this prior experience, Joel gained an extensive amount of experience in performance improvement and change management that he uses in his presentations as a professional motivational and keynote speaker.

Through work with a wide variety of industries, Joel has developed a broad understanding of business, organizational behavior and personal dynamics. He has helped clients discover that, in times of transition, a personal business coach can be critical to ensuring a productive outcome for both the employee and the company.


Joel holds a degree in psychology from San Diego State University and has completed a three-year coaching certificate program with Coach University. He is a member of the International Coach Federation, Bay Area chapter of the International Association of Career Management Professionals, and the National Speakers Association.


Contact Joel Garfinkle if your business or organization has a need for a:

  • motivational speaker
  • speaker at meetings or conventions
  • seminar speaker
  • workshop presenter, or
  • California keynote speaker