Dr. Ivan Joseph


About Dr. Ivan Joseph -  Leadership Expert & Keynote Speaker on Resilience, Grit & Building High Performance Teams

Dr. Ivan Joseph is an internationally renowned speaker, bestselling author, award-winning performance coach, in-demand consultant, prominent educator and accomplished leader. He has spent his career leading cultural transformation, inspiring people to believe in themselves, creating cohesive teams, and unlocking the secret to surpassing expectations. He has also shared his remarkable story as an immigrant who has excelled and led a shift to inclusivity wherever he has gone.

Ivan travels extensively, helping organizations and teams around the world harness the power of self-confidence and belonging in leadership, career and life. Ivan also contributes regularly to publications like University AffairsThe Huffington Post and The Globe and Mail.

From the beginning of his career, Ivan has focused on understanding how self-confidence and belonging drive performance. He also learned firsthand the nuances, challenges and complexities related to diversity and inclusivity. While serving as a professor and coach at Graceland University, Ivan developed the soccer program from the ground up, leading both the men’s and women’s teams to #1 national rankings. He also guided the men’s team to the first national championship in Graceland’s history—in just five years. For this accomplishment, he was chosen as National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Coach of the Year.

Beginning in 2008, Ivan spent a decade as Director of Athletics at Ryerson University in Toronto, where he helped lead his department—and the university—to national prominence.

Ivan later took up a new post as Vice-Provost, Student Affairs at Dalhousie University, a 200-year-old research institution in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In this senior role, he led the university’s effort to promote interconnectedness and belonging among a diverse student body drawn from across the country and around the globe. Ivan actualized this shift in culture by creating innovative programs including:  Access & PathwaysTogether at DalInternational Student Work Support Program and chairing the International Student Support Task Force.

Ivan is also regularly called on to support national team programs. Most recently, he was asked to serve as Head Coach for the Women’s National Soccer Team in his native Guyana. In 2017, he was the high-performance coach for the Canadian men’s basketball team that won the country’s first ever FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup.

Ivan grew has a bachelor’s in Physical Education and Health, a Master’s in Higher Education Administration, and a PhD in Sport Psychology.

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What Dr. Ivan Joseph talks about:

Building a High Performance Team

When teams thrive, they elevate everyone to a level they didn’t know was possible. When teams struggle, they create dynamics and challenges that limit performance.

What does it take for a team to excel? How do you create a culture of excellence? How do you build a high-performing team?

NAIA National Coach of the Year Ivan Joseph cracked the code. He led a tiny college in Iowa to win a national soccer championship. He led a marginal university athletic program to national prominence. And that’s why he’s invited to speak on stages around the world.

Sharing funny and moving stories, and research-based insights, Ivan inspires leaders and teams to achieve even their toughest goals. In this fast-paced, interactive session, leaders gain insights and techniques to:

  • Articulate common values and a shared sense of purpose.
  • Create team cohesion,  the foundation of elite team performance.
  • Set higher expectations to achieve new levels of performance.

Self-confidence, cohesion and expectations drive team performance. Ivan’s approach works: Leaders and teams see an immediate impact.

It’s time to amplify your team’s performance!


Success, Self-Confidence & Grit

Success begins and ends with self-confidence. Your belief in yourself is the foundation for thriving, achieving your dreams, and unlocking your potential. With self-confidence, you live the happy, inspired, connected life you deeply desire.

As an award-winning coach and Ph.D. sports psychologist, Ivan Joseph has focused on understanding the skill of self-confidence. He has developed, applied and refined dozens of techniques that lead to high performance and excellence.

In this energizing and motivational talk, you’ll learn the secrets Ivan used to help individuals and teams reach goals they never thought possible. Humor, visualization, and immersive activities keep everyone engaged and create a memorable experience.

Dr. Ivan Joseph shares powerful stories that people take to heart, and research-based insights.  You’ll learn practical techniques to:

  • Develop and sustain self-confidence, especially in times of adversity.
  • Promote self-confidence in your team and others.
  • Use the power of positive self-talk and setting higher expectations.

You’ll gain self-confidence and a renewed belief in yourself. You’ll be inspired to overcome your challenges—and learn how to accelerate your performance!


Fueling Success Through Inclusivity and Diversity

Teams and organizations that prioritize diversity and inclusion are stronger, more successful, and have more opportunities to prosper.

Dr. Joseph is uniquely positioned to guide your team with practical and proven strategies to attract, retain and develop talent for the long-run.

He is an acclaimed authority on retention and persistence of underrepresented populations in predominantly white organizations. Dr. Joseph shows you how the Identity Development Model helps drive high performance in teams. In addition to research on this topic, Ivan has a lifetime of first-hand experience: Ivan has continually overcome challenges, broken barriers, and led a transformation toward inclusivity in every organization he’s worked for.

Having moved to Canada at age five from his native Guyana, Ivan knows what it’s like to look different and sound different, to be a black student on a white campus, to be a leader from an equity group. He has lived the range of reactions to being a successful black man. He has experienced the challenges and opportunities of being a designated hire. And he has been immersed in the complexities of creating an inclusive organizational culture.

In this moving and perspective-shifting session, Ivan challenges audiences to think about issues of diversity and inclusion in a new way by embracing a powerful concept:

A culture of inclusivity is a culture of high-performance.

Ivan shares insights and moving experiences from his own remarkable story. Your leaders gain:

  • Powerful strategies for fueling high performance through inclusivity and diversity
  • Tactics for successfully navigating the nuances of organizational decisions related to diversity and inclusion
  • Techniques to foster successful cross-cultural communication

Your leaders will be ready to create a culture where inclusion and high performance go hand in hand.

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