JoAnne E. Marlow, B. Ed (Econ & Comm), MA (Leadership & Training)

In my 20’s I learned that 8 out of 10 employees were unhappy in their jobs!  I was shocked as I loved my job as a business instructor. Since then, I have made it my mission to change those statistics for both employers and employees. I’ve taught tens of thousands of young people, university students, and adults how to choose a career and a culture that brings them joy and purpose. Now, I train business leaders to engage in a unique hiring system to attract and hire the best people for their business, thereby increasing retention, productivity and profits.

I’ve been on both sides of business employment. Within the workplace, I’ve experienced bullying, criticism, chauvinistic prejudice, and ageism. I fully understand what it’s like to work in a toxic environment and a job that just doesn’t feel right. But, as a leader, I also know what it takes to turn that around, because I have facilitated the changes that were necessary.

For the past four years, I have led the BC Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers as President, mentored university students in preparing for the workplace, and am active in multiple business organizations. As a sessional instructor at City U (Seattle) Canada, I share my knowledge, inspiration, and my beliefs in change management through my passion for organization development. Many of my 15 published books and articles are best sellers or used in the education system. I’m privileged to be a professional speaker to large and small groups internationally where I offer cutting edge information on the five working generations, new hiring systems and change management.

Passionate about life-long learning I earned several degrees in Leadership, Business, Education and Leadership Coaching and am a strong advocate and certified in Competency-based Management as well as Diversity, Inclusion and Unconscious Bias.

What People Are Saying

“JoAnne’s Strengths? The first word that comes to mind is “connection” – we had a mixed audience from Executives with decades under their belt, to the newly appointed team supervisor, glued to her presentation. Everyone connected with her. She’s very focused, and her responses to the business owner’s questions conveyed an experience you’d find with a veteran employee of the company. The experience to ‘connect’ is a rare find with the hundreds of speakers I’ve hired over the years.”
Peter Manianis, Sr. Vendor Manager Credit & Collections TELUS Consumer, Business and Corporate Strategies

“JoAnne brings passion, knowledge, and experience to her content; and her stories are engaging and relevant. JoAnne provided a wealth of information with kindness, empathy, and honesty. I would highly recommend JoAnne for businesses wishing to retain their employees and improve their time management skills.”

Dr. Bal Pawa, Integrative Physician, Tedx Speaker 2019, Author

“I have had the pleasure to work with JoAnne on the Leadership Board of CAPS BC. JoAnne is dedicated, committed and she has a special skill to determine issues in an organization and get the resources needed to fix them. She has a delightful way to engage team members and make sure everyone is involved and stimulated. Her caring attitude and strong leadership are a perfect combo to lead our board!”

Nathalie Plamondon-Thomas, Transformation Expert, CAPS Vancouver Board of Directors.

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