Joan Bryna Michelson, MBA is an award-winning business and communications leader, public speaker and host of the acclaimed podcast series, Green Connections Radio™, which was chosen in 2015 as one of the top six podcasts by USA Today, especially for business travelers. On GC, she has engaging, insightful discussions with top innovators and leaders in the “green” and energy space, especially women.
A specialist in the “green” space and a lifelong advocate for women in leadership, Joan has worked with: Chrysler’s Global Electric Motorcars, the U.S. Department of Energy, Clean Energy Alliance, Earth Day Network, Global Environment Fund, National Council for Science and the Environment, international environmental consulting firm Marstel-Day, LAMTA, American Express and Deloitte.
She earned positive Page One coverage in The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, and top coverage in Time magazine, Consumer Reports, and The LA Times, on CNN Money, CBS News, and “The Today Show,” CleanTechnica, TriplePundit, and others.
Speaking engagements include (moderating panel, keynote, M.C., panelist, some repeatedly): SXSW Eco – Media Rise – Greenbiz VERGE – Nat. Council for Science and the Environment – CalSTART HTUF -National Association of Women Business Owners – Executive Women in Government – Women Impacting Public Policy – Zonta International (the oldest women’s org.) – U.S. Naval Academy – Small Business Administration – Chambers of Commerce – Universities
Journalism includes: CBS News’ “60 Minutes” – ABC News -“The Crusaders” – Specials on NBC – Greenbiz.com – Business Journals – WTOP.com – TheAtlantic.com –The Washington Post – The New Economy – Life & Style magazine.
Books: excerpt on innovation and networking for Flat World Navigation by Kim McDonald Chandler (Kogan Press, 2015), excerpt on women in government leadership for the non-fiction book If Women Ruled the World (published by Inner Ocean Publishing, 2005); writing a business book due out in 2016.
Awards: Nominated for the prestigious the White House Champion of Change Award (2015) – finalist for C3E Award (2015) – Won awards from: Broadcasters Association – International Association of Business Communicators – American Marketing Association – Public Relations Society of America – “60 Minutes” segment nominated for an EMMY Award
Education: UCLA, Bachelor of Arts – MBA, Baruch College, City University of New York in the executive program, various post-graduate studies – including in leadership at Harvard Business School, New School University and The Aspen Institute
As an interesting aside: Joan is a descendant of three prominent siblings: Albert A. Michelson was the first American scientist to win the Nobel Prize (physics, 1907), Charles Michelson was FDR’s White House Communications Director/Press Secretary; and Miriam Michelson literally kept the women’s suffrage movement on the front page, as a reporter for the San Francisco Call and the Philadelphia Inquirer.