Wonder Woman Wednesdays - Webinar 1 - Joy Zhao, Ph.D.


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Corporate Career Coach / Self-Empowerment Strategist / 2X Fortune 100 Executive / Thick-Skin TheoristJoy Zhao

Joy is a Corporate Career Coach, Business Executive, and Self-Empowerment Strategist who guides business professionals in maximizing potential, rising the corporate ladder and achieving goals with confidence and courage. With 15+ years’ experience in leadership roles for big brands and high-tech companies, including two in the Fortune 100, Joy has mentored hundreds of professionals in optimizing business performance and charting a positive path forward. Now, as an ICF certified coach (PCC), she helps clients navigate careers using her signature methodology that includes her ‘Thick-Skin Theory’ and ‘Courage Formula.’ Able to identify what holds them back, she liberates them with skillsets in everything from improving interpersonal communication and leadership influence, to overcoming corporate adversity and imposter syndrome, to organizing life and avoiding burnout. Her expertise: strengths-based development, 360-degree corporate relationship building, and mastery of positive self-talk.

Joy’s career story started as a 28-year-old Chinese immigrant seeking professional success in a country where she could not speak English. She began teaching herself the language, and one serendipitous conversation in a hallway led to her first job. Joy hustled to rise the ranks, sacrificed a lot, leaned on others for support, and learned the power behind communication and relationships. This journey taught Joy the trifecta of confidence, perseverance and resilience, which would inevitably shape her ‘Courage Formula’ she now teaches clients. Often as the only minority woman in executive groups, Joy developed a thick skin, adept at thriving through feedback and change. Her ‘Thick-Skin Theory’ is foundational to her coaching program, empowering all types of professionals in harnessing energy to quickly advance their careers.

While working a corporate job and mentoring professionals, Joy realized her calling to help people pursue their life purpose, and founded a career & leadership development company, ‘Finding Joy Coaching.’ She builds creative empowerment solutions that turn clients’ superpowers into greatness. During the pandemic, she spoke to 5,000+ people through complimentary webinars, panel discussions, and coaching sessions on how to manage stress and advance their career through energy leadership techniques.

Joy holds a PhD in Epidemiology and Statistics, and a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) license. When her mind isn’t busy plotting clients’ career success, it just might be napping on the coastal beaches, with Florida and Mexico as her current favorites.

You can reach Joy on her website Finding Joy Coaching


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