Joel Garfinkle is recognized as one of the top 50 coaches in the U.S. Global Gurus listed Joel 14th on the list of top thirty global coaching experts. He has worked with many of the world’s leading companies, including Oracle, Google, Amazon, Deloitte, The Ritz-Carlton, Gap and Starbucks. He has 20 years of first-hand experience working closely with thousands of executives, senior managers, directors and employees. He is the author of seven books and over 300 articles on leadership.

Coaching Experience and Style

As an executive coach, Joel has helped:

  • A CIO expanded his sphere of influence by learning to build better collaboration across business unit’s at all organizational levels.
  • A SVP improved communication with her team, senior leaders, and employees by learning a completely different style of communication that eliminated argumentative and aggressive behaviors.
  • A department head developed executive presence, learning to be more self-assured, decisive, powerful, and polished in how he presented himself
  • A general manager transitioned from being a low-profile manager of twenty people to becoming the highly respected leader of 150 employees and seven direct reports while markedly improving relationships with peers, subordinates, and key decision-makers.

Joel is well-known as one of the most effective and innovative executive coaches in the country. His passion and energy is infectious, motivating and encouraging. He has a no-nonsense style in which he advises, challenges, provokes, guides and pushes his clients. Joel possesses great insight and knowledge, which he is able to convey clearly and with enthusiasm.

Joel is able to get to the heart of what is going on very quickly. He then develops specific, measurable strategies that get you thinking about your challenges in an entirely different and more empowering way. Every session provides new, clear perspectives on how to approach the clients’ work challenges with a clear plan of attack.


Joel Garfinkle has served companies throughout the United States and in countries around the world. A partial list of client testimonials that who’ve benefited from Joel’s coaching knowledge include:

ORACLE CORPORATION – Amalia Sterescu, VP Customer Services – “Joel Garfinkle is one of the most effective and innovative executive coaches I’ve worked with. Thanks to his guidance, I was able to push my limits and discover my true potential as a senior leader.”

NBC UNIVERSAL – Priya Swamy, Vice-President – “I was lucky to be assigned to Joel as my executive coach for the UC Berkeley Executive Leadership Program. What makes Joel an outstanding coach is his ability to get you to really think about your goals, identify what you need to change to achieve those goals and help execute on the changes.”

MICROSOFT – Jairaj Sounderrajan, Director of Sales – “In less than 6 months, Joel has helped me make significant improvements in terms of enhancing my visibility within the organization and improving my perception among senior leadership which has led to an increase in the scope of my responsibilities. I highly recommend him.”

ELI LILLY AND COMPANY – Eric A. Eilers, Director of Regional Managed Markets – “Because of Joel’s coaching, my team has learned to have more respect for me as a leader. In response to the uncertain times we face, I worked to become a leader who provides certainty through a clear vision and consistent department-wide message.”

LEVI STRAUSS & CO. – Waseem Uddin, Director IT – Global Retail COE – “Since I started working with Joel, my effectiveness and impact at work have undergone a transformation in managing my team of 85 employees, with seven direct reports. I’ve learned how to empower my direct reports by encouraging them to take on greater responsibility and accountability.”

AMAZON.COM – Scott H., Sr. Merchant Product Manager – “Joel’s coaching helped me identify and implement new strategies that allowed me to take my career to a new level. Joel provides valuable guidance and perspective and his passion is evident in every session. I highly recommend Joel’s executive coaching services.”

PROCTER & GAMBLE – Jocelyn Dunphy, Learning & Development Manager – “Joel has given me valuable guidance on how to coach and develop my direct reports, helping me to navigate through some difficult decisions. And perhaps most significantly, Joel has helped me budget my weekly and daily work by priority and link to my annual objectives.”

MORGAN STANLEY – Angela Osborne, Executive Director – “After almost two decades building a successful career at a high profile investment bank, I realized that I needed help to get to the next level. Working one-on-one with Joel has been very rewarding and inspiring. Joel possesses great insight and knowledge, which he is able to convey clearly and with enthusiasm. His energy is infectious, motivating and encouraging and I have already seen the benefits in my leadership skills, my promotion prospects and my quality of life.”

BROTHER INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION – Henry J. Sacco, Jr., VP and Chief Legal Officer – “His feedback and encouragement were instrumental in my quest to find the better leader in me. Joel should be a member of every executive’s personal board of advisors!”

Author of Books

Joel has written seven books that are read in 25 countries. He was also featured in The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching (John Wiley and Sons), and contributed to Leader to Leader – the award-winning quarterly journal launched by the Peter F. Drucker Foundation and contributed to PHR/SPHR Professional in Human Resources Certification Exam Guide. Here are his seven books:

  • Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level
  • Executive Presence: Convey Confidence as a Business Leader
  • How to be a Great Boss: Learn the Seven Traits of Great Bosses
  • Difficult Conversations: Practical Tactics for Crucial Communication
  • Time Management Mastery: Stress-Free Productivity in the 7 Key Areas of Life (time, projects, people, schedules, information, work/life balance, and abundance)
  • Love Your Work: Make the Job You Have the One You’ve Always Wanted
  • Get Paid What You’re Worth: How to Negotiate a Raise or Higher Starting Salary

Professional Speaker

Joel is a sought-after keynote speaker and corporate trainer who is regularly called upon to address conferences across the country and around the world. He has delivered more than 1000 workshops, speeches and keynote addresses to groups such as the Commonwealth Club of California, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Society of Human Resource Management, Wells Fargo Bank, Haas School of Business, Financial Women’s Association, the University of California Berkeley, Marriott Hotels, Gap Inc., Oracle, Genentech, Eli Lilly, Novartis, Cisco Systems, Charles Schwab, Bank of America, Autodesk, Accenture, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Kohl’s and The Ritz-Carlton Hotels.


Joel holds a degree in Psychology from University and has completed a three-year coaching certificate program with Coach University.