Joan Bryna Michelson, MBA is an award-winning business and communications leader, public speaker and host of the acclaimed podcast series, Green Connections Radio™, which was chosen in 2015 as one of the top six podcasts by USA Today, especially for business travelers. On GC, she has engaging, insightful discussions with top innovators and leaders in the “green” and energy space, especially women.
Her blogs can be seen in Forbes, The Huffington Post, TheAtlantic, The New Economy magazine (distributed at the World Economic Forum), Greenbiz.com, Career2.0 and WTOP-FM, the top radio station in the U.S. (by sales) where she has also been an on-air contributor and many other media, including having co-produced segments for network newsmagazine shows (CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” ABC News, “The Crusaders” and specials on NBC). She has also been a featured guest on other podcasts and has blogs on Medium and LinkedIn as well, though most are on her website, greenconnectionsradio.com. Her specialties are: innovation, clean energy, sustainability, electric vehicles, corporate responsibility, leadership, STEM careers, business, communications, and women in business.
A specialist in the corporate responsibility, energy and sustainability space – and a lifelong advocate for women in leadership – Joan has worked with: Chrysler’s Global Electric Motorcars, the U.S. Department of Energy, Clean Energy Alliance, Earth Day Network, Global Environment Fund, National Council for Science and the Environment, international environmental consulting firm Marstel-Day, LAMTA, American Express and Deloitte and many others across sectors, both large and small entities.
Hallmarks of Joan’s success include: initiating and managing win-win partnerships with both internal and external alliances, developing creative multimedia thought leadership content creation, launching new products/services and into new markets, and managing talented people towards common goals. She drove “best year ever” results at Chrysler’s electric car division and generated millions in revenue at international management consulting firms with these strategies, for example. She earned positive Page One coverage in The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, and top coverage in Time magazine, Consumer Reports, and The LA Times, on CNN Money, CBS News, and “The Today Show,” CleanTechnica, TriplePundit, and many others.
Speaking engagements include (moderating panel, keynote, M.C., panelist, some repeatedly): SXSW Eco – Media Rise – Greenbiz VERGE – Nat. Council for Science and the Environment – CalSTART HTUF -National Association of Women Business Owners – Executive Women in Government – Women Impacting Public Policy – Zonta International (the oldest women’s org.) – U.S. Naval Academy – Small Business Administration – Chambers of Commerce – Universities. To explore booking Joan to moderate a panel or speak at your event, contact her at email@example.com. She is also on a few speakers’ bureaus.
Journalism includes: CBS News’ “60 Minutes” – ABC News -“The Crusaders” – Specials on NBC – Greenbiz.com – Business Journals – WTOP.com – TheAtlantic.com –The Washington Post – The New Economy – Life & Style magazine.
Books: Joan’s non-fiction book based on her extensive interviews with talented women innovators is due out in 2019. In June, 2019, watch for the book, “The Superwoman and Other Writings of Miriam Michelson,” about Joan’s great-great aunt, a prominent reporter who personally kept the suffrage movement in the headlines, interviewed Susan B. Anthony extensively and was a best-selling fiction writer about women’s empowerment. Joan wrote the foreword to the book and events are being planned for it at The Newseum and other locations across the U.S. Joan also wrote an excerpt on innovation and networking for Flat World Navigation by Kim McDonald Chandler (Kogan Press, 2015), and excerpt on women in government leadership for the non-fiction book If Women Ruled the World (published by Inner Ocean Publishing, 2005).
Awards: Nominated for the prestigious the White House Champion of Change Award (2015) – finalist for C3E Award (2015) – Won awards from: Broadcasters Association – International Association of Business Communicators – American Marketing Association – Public Relations Society of America – “60 Minutes” segment nominated for an EMMY Award
Education: UCLA, Bachelor of Arts – MBA, Baruch College, City University of New York in the executive program, various post-graduate studies – including in leadership at Harvard Business School, New School University and The Aspen Institute
Voice Over: An experienced broadcast journalist and public speaker, Joan Michelson specializes in sustainability and clean energy communications, with a strong, clear professional, journalistic yet warm voice. She speaks comfortably in various styles depending upon the need, from narration to corporate videos or events, from advertisements to news segments to documentaries, and audiobooks, and from casual to more formal. Find Joan’s online demo here and reach out to her about doing voiceover or on-camera work for your video or other project at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As an interesting aside: Joan is a descendant of three prominent siblings: Albert A. Michelson was the first American scientist to win the Nobel Prize (physics, 1907), Charles Michelson was FDR’s White House Communications Director/Press Secretary; and Miriam Michelson literally kept the women’s suffrage movement in the headlines, as a reporter for the San Francisco Call and the Philadelphia Inquirer.