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Dr. Ivan Joseph | Leadership Mindset

  • Waterloo, ON, Canada

About:  Dr. Ivan Joseph | Leadership Mindset

Dr. Ivan Joseph inspires and coaches people and teams to maximize their potential.

An award-winning coach, educator, and leader, Joseph has spent his career leading cultural transformation, helping people believe in themselves, and creating cohesive teams. He speaks about self-confidence, embracing the “grit” to persevere in spite of setbacks, and leading teams to success, drawing from the lessons he’s learned from a life in sport. Dynamic and engaging, Joseph always leaves audience with a memorable experience that adds value long after the presentation ends.

Born in Guyana, South America, Joseph arrived in Toronto at the age of five, with only the clothes he was wearing. The Joseph family lived in one of the poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods in Canada, until hard work and good fortune helped them move to a rural farming community—where Ivan was fortunate to develop unstoppable work ethic and sky-high aspirations.

While serving as a professor and soccer coach at Graceland University, Dr. Ivan Joseph developed the soccer program from the ground up. In just five years, he led both the men’s and women’s teams to #1 national rankings and helped the men’s team win their first ever national championship. As a result, he was recognized by The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics as National Coach of the Year in 2006.

Joseph’s TEDx Talk has more than 20 million views, which speaks to the impact he has on people. Forbes named it one of the “Ten Best TED Talks About The Meaning of Life.”

Along with being an in-demand speaker, consultant and coach, Dr. Ivan Joseph contributes regularly to publications including Huffington Post and Globe and Mail. He is also the author of the bestselling book ​You Got This: Mastering the Skill of Self-Confidence.​

Joseph has a BA in Physical Education and Health, a Masters in Higher Education Administration, and a PhD in Sports Psychology.

Dr. Ivan Joseph | Leadership Mindset


  • TEDx Talk has more than 21 million views and was named by Forbes as “One of The Top TED Talks About the Meaning of Life”
  • Speaks with credibility based on experience as an Olympic and National Champion coach and leader
  • Blends story-telling and PhD research with audiences sharing actionable strategies for building unstoppable teams, unlocking potential, and leading with resilience
  • Inspires, challenges, and entertains – all while providing tangible techniques for people to apply in their lives and work.


Recognized as one of the most motivational and transformational keynote speakers of the past decade, Dr. Ivan Joseph has impacted millions of people around the world.

His TEDx Talk has over 24 million views, and was named by Forbes as one of the Top TED Talks About The Meaning of Life.

Dr. Ivan Joseph inspires, challenges and entertains—all while providing actionable techniques for individuals and teams to maximize their potential. 

Keynote Topics

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?

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. Dr. Ivan Joseph approach works: Leaders and teams see an immediate impact.

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

Success, Self-Confidence and 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. 


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


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.  

Dr. Ivan Joseph 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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  • Empowerment
  • Leadership
  • Motivational
  • C-Suite Coaching

Race | Gender

  • African American



Travels from: Waterloo, ON, Canada

Industry Specialities

  • Healthcare
  • Executive Coaching
  • HR Training
  • C-Suite
  • Banking
  • Finance
  • Insurance
  • Hybrid
  • In-Person
  • Schools | Colleges


  • Leadership speaker
  • Growth Mindset
  • High Performance

Fee Range

  • 10,001 - 20,000

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