Joanie Connell

La Jolla, California

6 reviews
Soar Coach since January 2019

About Joanie

You're feeling blocked or overwhelmed at a critical point in your career. You've recently been promoted, are changing careers, or are looking for a job out of college.

I’m Dr. Joanie Connell and I’m certified as a Gallup Strengths Coach. I am passionate about helping people empower themselves to succeed in work and in life, no matter what path they choose. I have a Ph.D. in Psychology and have been working as a leadership consultant and coach for over 20 years. Before I studied psychology, I was an electrical engineer in Silicon Valley. I particularly love working with technical leaders, professional people in transition, and youth.

Here are some typical situations I deal with.

• You are a technical person who has recently been promoted into a leadership position and all of a sudden you have to manage the people side of things. You feel you don’t have the people skills because you’ve never been trained in that. As a former engineer, I understand. I specialize in working with technical people who have moved into leadership positions and use the StrengthsFinder to help them apply their natural talents to people problems.

• You just changed careers or want to, and you don’t know what skills you can apply to the new career path. I use my Ph.D. in psychology and 30 years of work experience in a variety of industries to help people navigate through career change. Using the StrengthsFinder, I help people identify their natural talents and apply them to new contexts.

• You are a parent of a teen or a college student and they are trying to figure out who they are. They’ve grown up with “everyone gets a trophy” and they’ve never figured out what their strengths are. I literally wrote the book on this. I wrote “Flying without a Helicopter: How to Prepare Young People for Work and Life” to help parents empower their children to be their authentic selves. I coach parents, teens, and young adults using the StrengthsFinder to help young people figure out who they are and strategize how to solve problems on their own.

I use the StrengthsFinder tool to help you identify what your natural talents are and help you apply them to solve any challenge that comes your way. It works for people of all ages.

Three of my top five talents are: Individualization, Strategy, and Reliability. That means that I can look at each individual person and find out their unique qualities and customize my coaching to each individual. I help people strategize the best ways to use their talents to succeed and be more effective and efficient in the work they do. I’m very responsible and conscientious. I focus on quality and, if you work with me, I won’t let you leave dissatisfied.

An Executive Medical Director of a Biotech company recently said: "Working with Joanie has allowed me to more successfully manage my project teams through sensitive internal and external negotiations. Her insight and skill at working with executives are complemented by her easy going demeanor. Additionally my personal leadership skills have improved and been recognized by senior management. I now have additional responsibilities to lead a broader team only five months after having started my work with Joanie."


Dr. Joanie B. Connell is an organizational consultant and leadership coach who specializes in maximizing leadership potential. She works with companies to attract, develop, and retain top talent. She works with individuals to improve their success and happiness in their careers. She is also an author of the book “Flying without a Helicopter: How to Prepare Young People for Work and Life.”

She coaches people at all levels—executives, managers, employees, and students who are in search of a career. She excels at helping technical people develop interpersonal and influencing skills. She also has a passion for helping people develop self-insight and leverage their strengths and passion in life to be successful in whatever they do.

In addition, Joanie has had several years' experience working as an electrical engineer and consultant for a variety of high tech companies, including Cisco Systems, Tandem Computers, and Cypress Semiconductor and as a professor at The Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego.

Highlights from Joanie’s organizational consulting experience include: clients from Fortune 100 companies and high tech, biotech, finance, and legal industries, and projects on executive assessment, change management, career planning, advancement of women, leadership development, and training & facilitation.


Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley B.A. in Engineering from Harvard University.


Boeing, Hewlett Packard, Cisco Systems, Compaq Computer, Wells Fargo Bank, ResMed, Starbucks, U.S. Navy, U.S. Postal Service, Amylin Pharmaceutical, CareFusion, Carl Zeiss, Ferring Research Institute, Fish & Richardson, North County Transit Department, YMCA, National Charity League, Simmons College, UC San Diego.

Joanie is available to consult, coach, present keynote speeches, and make media appearances. She also likes to write guest blog posts.

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