Joan Kuhl


About Joan Kuhl - Early Talent Career Expert and Consultant:

Joan Kuhl is the Founder and President of Why Millennials Matter. She is also an international speaker, consultant on career and leadership trends, and author. Prior to Why Millennials Matter, Joan worked in sales, marketing, organizational effectiveness - and training & development for global healthcare organizations such as Eli Lilly, Forest Laboratories, and Actavis (now Allergan). In total, she has had over 13 years of corporate management experience, receiving recognition for her turnaround tactics - that led teams to high-performance results.

After a decade of mentoring and coaching thousands of Millennials from around the world to help them achieve their potential, Joan launched Why Millennials Matter - a training, research and consulting agency based in New York City. The agency's focus is on raising awareness to employers about the value of investing in their future workforce - and the millennial customer segment. Our mission is to empower young men and women to achieve their highest potential and cultivate confidence around their career and future.

Organizations across the world are struggling to attract and retain Millennials (Gen Y) - as both employees and consumers. They lack the insights needed to understand what this generation wants out of their employers, what benefits will inspire their loyalty - and what their values are. Joan bridges this understanding gap by providing practical strategies for connecting clients with the younger generation, especially on how to engage, onboard, and develop them in order to earn their loyalty.

As a sought out keynoter and panelist, Joan helps inspire businesses to develop a relevant and scalable strategy - to drive engagement and loyalty with Millennials as consumers and employees. Joan’s coaching and leadership trainings have impacted diverse audiences of Millennials across the U.S. - and as far away as Dubai, Argentina, China, South Africa, Australia, and India.

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What Joan Kuhl Talks About:

Managing Millennials to Unleash their Potential


  • Cultivate and reinforce a culture of engagement for early career talent that benefits all generations
  • Create actionable leadership strategies by increasing awareness about Millennial trends and myths
  • Challenge business-as-usual management practices
  • Align senior management around preferred methods and leadership strategies to recruit, onboard, advance and engage early career talent

The Evolution of Success / Workplace Power & Influence
The definition of success is changing as people become more aware about the joy and fulfillment of feeling successful internally versus just externally. The definition of success among rising stars is more than the lines that fill their resumes. It’s important to design a plan for your own self-development that will satisfy your personal and professional goals. Being a top performer and delivering results isn’t enough to move from a cubicle to the corner office – relationship building, clarity of goals, executive presence, authentic communication skills, mindful manners, and that elusive “leadership quality” are all important in order to place yourself in positions of power and influence.

Tapping into Millennial Minds to Accelerate the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy


  • Increase awareness about generational dynamics in the workplace with a focus on the Millennial Generation, our youngest employees at work
  • Preview the 2020 Workplace and how motivating factors across three generations will come together
  • Learn from case studies from large multinational organizations that are investing and leveraging early career talent
  • Discuss strategies for unleashing the potential of early career talent as a manager, mentor, and sponsor
  • Create an action plan centered on individual and D&I team objectives

By the year 2020, Millennials are predicted to be 50% of the U.S. workforce and grow to 75% of the global workforce in 2030. The GenEffect2020 Global Ignite program aims to build awareness and provoke action around the six key themes for Millennial Engagement as future leaders and loyal consumers. The program is based on the global research findings of Why Millennials Matter and includes case studies of organizations representing all three sectors: social, private and public.

Achieve, Lead, and Succeed @ Work
The transition from college to career emphasizes achievement and standing out in a competitive crowd. The following phase of your career introduces pressure, promotions, people, and purpose that can overwhelm everyone, especial rising stars. Building a network and gaining access to innovative skill development and education will accelerate your career. But these opportunities are controlled by your own motivation. This session with help you enter your career journey with of your ultimate goals and values in mind, setting you on a path for fulfillment inside and outside of work.

Why Millennials Matter to Your Business and You
Leveraging our global research and expertise as well as our proprietary framework around key segments of the global talent pool, this workshop will unite generations by uncovering shared values and desired benefits. We will focus on the best strategies for both men and women in the initial phases of their careers to build alliances and influence across diverse teams.

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