These client reviews showcase how Joel’s masterful corporate leadership trainings have been a game-changer for countless prestigious clients.


"Thanks again for the excellent training. Your insight and expertise regarding the leadership values of perception and influence are outstanding. We received a great deal of positive feedback. Your preparation/homework in tailoring the presentation to our needs made a huge difference."

Chris Grim - Group Vice President - Enterprise Performance Management



"The training with Joel was great. Not only did I learn some useful tips for my own use, but he has provided a wealth of helpful information to support developing of my team. Along with communicating and sending me applicable materials directly, his website contains hundreds of articles that are efficiently arranged by topic."

Kevin Spindler, Quality Assurance Manager

Toyota Motor Manufacturing

“Best workshop I’ve attended in 30 years of work life. The most thought provoking and enjoyable training I’ve ever experienced in my career.”

Kieran Major, Principle, Program Manager

American Airlines

“You stole the show! Registrants told us that they thoroughly enjoyed the program. In fact, one woman said, “I learned more in the 1st 15 min of Joel’s presentation than I do at many conferences.”

Susan Smith, Director of Customer Learning

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry

"I thought Joel's presentation was very good, but what really did it for me was the fact that he was able to communicate such heart. He truly cares about what he's doing; you can tell he's passionate about it."

Pam Price Hawley, Marketing Manager

Cisco Systems, Inc.

I got more out of his three-hour seminar than any multiple-day class I've attended at the American Management Association.

Managing Director


Joel’s Lead with Influence program helped me advance and excel in my career. His facilitation style encourages active participation and sharing from the attendees. It was very helpful to hear the perspectives of people from different companies. I highly recommend Joel’s program.

Tina Zee, Learning & Organization Development Specialist

Nestle USA

"Joel was an instructor at UCLA Technical Management Program in which he taught “Getting Ahead: 3 Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level.” Joel is a phenomenal speaker and instructor who is able to capture the audience’s attention while engaging each person on an individual basis. He brought thoughtful insights to each case brought up by different students from varied companies such as the entertainment, aerospace, and IT industries. I highly recommend him as an instructor to succeed in this ever changing work environment."

Jeanna Trammell - Technical Management Program Manager

UCLA’s Technical Management Program

“Joel did a terrific job partnering with Corning to customize a presentation on work life integration for our Gorilla® Glass business. As we continue to evolve our culture in a global, dynamic, fast paced mobile consumer electronics industry, Joel was able to break down some simple ways for our employees to engage with their supervisor, set boundaries and prioritize work life balance.”

Sean Barrett, Human Resources Director

Corning Glass Technologies US and Specialty Materials

"Your workshop was by far the best one I have attended, and I have attended a lot! At our Friday morning meeting I plan on debriefing my team on my experience and recommend that everyone attend when they have an opportunity. I am going to talk to our Executive Leadership Team about having you come on-site."

Alexander Paragios - Account Manager, Customer Operations, US Genetics, Rare Diseases

Genzyme, A Sanofi Company


Your practical approach on Executive Presence helped me build confidence, improve my cross-functional network, enhance my visibility and impact in communicating with senior management.

Sr. Director, Support Sales Acquisitions

Oracle USA

“Your enthusiasm, style and heart enabled the team to open up and really listen to the message. We hope to be able to bring you back every year to help us keep on track.”

Kathy Weiner, Enterprise Marketing, Senior Manager Strategic Alliances

Cisco Systems, Inc.

As leaders, it is important to be cognizant of how we lead our people. Joel’s session around Leading Through Influence helped me to take a step back and evaluate my own effectiveness with my Team. I highly recommend every manager attend one of Joel’s workshops.

Andy Pizii, Regional Director

Gilead Sciences

“I thought your presentation was right on target for what we needed. I recommend any organization that wants to get the most from its people to hire Joel Garfinkle to accomplish that."

Jim Keene, Regional Manager

Wells Fargo Bank

Joel presented a highly successful and well-attended webinar to the UCLA Anderson Alumni Network focused on his PVI model. A large percentage of alumni on the webinar praised Joel for sharing his highly practical approach to building relationship, creating a successful mindset, and building influence in organizations of all sizes. His frameworks and methodology are spot-on, truly compelling and highly effective.

David Cooley, Director, Office of Alumni Relations

UCLA Anderson School of Management

Unlike many all-day training seminars, Joel's very personable, enthusiastic and energetic coaching style and exceptional communication skills provided the optimum level of personal interaction that easily held our attention from start to finish. My employees and I gained a great deal of invaluable tips on how to address our daily tasks that help us be more efficient."

Karen Habegger, Human Resources Manager


"As a speaker, Joel is a very dynamic, credible and knowledgeable of material."

Director, Compliance, Alliance & Risk

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

"I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank you for your participation at the Kentucky SHRM Conference. I know that the success of our program is due, in no small part, to your involvement."

Shannon Byrne, Marketing Manager of Seminars

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

“Joel Garfinkle was the perfect keynote speaker for our management event. He engaged the audience from start to finish with meaningful content, an authentic style and in-the-moment wit. Joel was a skillful facilitator of learning and inspired participants into action.”

Carina Celesia Moore, Director – Staff Development and Professional Services

UC Davis ADMAN Annual Conference

"Your seminar was informative and extremely thought provoking. I will be using the skills I learned today. Thank you so much for presenting a very important topic in today's work place."

John Pruyn

VA Boston Health Care System

"Joel presented Initiative – The Ability to Take Action Proactively to my Enterprise Data Management (EDM) team of 25 people. My team has already begun to use the presentation as a baseline for discussions on what we’re looking for in “initiative”. This presentation has helped my team take more ownership of their career."

Patrick Booher, Director – Enterprise Data Management


"Joel did a masterful job explaining both the theoretical “whys” of bringing balance to our lives along with the pragmatic “hows.” His presentation style is engaging and motivating."

Brad Whitworth, Senior Communications Manager, Strategic Alliances

Cisco Systems, Inc.

"You have a keen ability to read your audience, build on the issues they raise and guide them through overcoming perceived versus real obstacles."

John Morel, Alumni MBA Career Advisor

Haas School of Business

"No matter what your business, Joel is capable of crafting a seminar to excite, educate and motivate your staff. I must say that Joel is an incredibly quick study. After a couple of conference calls discussing how our business works, he totally got it. On his own, he expertly crafted a seminar for my agents that was fast moving, captivating and insightful. At the end, my salespeople thought Joel was a seasoned speaker on the Real Estate circuit and were shocked that they had never heard of him before."

John Karnay, CFO, Broker

The Grubb Co., Realtors

"Wow – what an amazing presentation you delivered on becoming a high-impact leader! You added great value to all our members and provided motivation in everyone’s career!"

Noel C. McNulty

IFMA San Francisco Board of Directors

"Our members loved your presentation on "Executive Presence." It was fresh, informative and, best of all packed with practical tips and techniques we can instantly use to make us more effective leaders. I went back to the office more confident and inspired than ever before."

Lynn DuBois

Financial Women's Association of San Francisco

"Thank you Joel for your keynote at our ICF Founding Chapter Prism event. You have an engaging and authoritative speaking style. Your practical advice has made a big impact on my business visibility, literally within days of your speech!"

Debjani Biswas - PRISM Chair

ICF North Texas

"You were phenomenal! Thank you for joining us at the Executive Leadership Exchange. You were insightful, thought-provoking and engaging. The attendees loved your presentation."

Georgia Clark, President

National Eagle Leadership Institute (NELI)

"Joel was fantastic! He did a training session for my team of 12 young professionals. The session was interactive, relatable and actionable. We sent out an anonymous survey afterwards, and everyone uniformly raved about the session and said it was highly educational and well worth their time. I'd highly recommend Joel's training to other managers!"

Ahyoung An - Manager, Marketing and Community Development


"Joel was my keynote speaker at The California Alumni Association's Annual Career Expo. Joel is a highly effective speaker because he interacts with the audience in a way that is inspirational, motivational and encouraging. He possesses an in-depth knowledge of his subject matter and conveys it with energy, enthusiasm and passion."

Melanie Summers, Director, Alumni Career Services

California Alumni Association

"Joel Garfinkle’s presentation is a must for anyone who wants to become a leader in their industry. He was clear and concise, providing insight, knowledge and practical ideas to improve your leadership skills and quality of life, both at work and away from the job. I benefited immensely from his presentation."

Vicki Young, Chairman/President

CINA - Chinese Information and Networking Association

"You delivered a powerfully motivating and purposeful program benefiting a large number of our members. Your three step process is a simple yet effective tool on how to become a leader with executive presence, track accomplishments, and create influence inside a company. I was absolutely captivated by your program and am inspired to utilize these newfound techniques. The members are all enriched because of you."

Angela Tirion, Chair of The Volunteer Training and Development Program

The Junior League of San Francisco

"Joel’s energy and passion moved the audience. Afterwards, several of our members personally thanked me for bringing Joel in to speak. His session helped make this our most successful trade show to date."

J.D. Meadows, Board Member – San Francisco Chapter

California Association of Mortgage Brokers

Joel has delivered top-tier executive leadership trainings for all of these companies and many more, as these testimonials show!

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