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Dr. Ivan Joseph

    • Named by Forbes as One of the Top TedTalk Speakers on the Meaning of Life
    • Leading Coach, Mentor, Educator & Author
    • Best Selling Author of "You Got This: Mastering The Skill of Self Confidence"
    • NAIA Coach of the Year
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The skill of self confidence | Dr. Ivan Joseph | TEDxRyersonU

The skill of self confidence | Dr. Ivan Joseph | TEDxRyersonU

Dr. Ivan Joseph Speaker Biography

Dr. Ivan Joseph inspires people and teams to achieve more than they dreamed. An award-winning coach, educator, and leader, Ivan 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, Ivan always leaves audience with a memorable experience that adds value long after the presentation ends. 

While serving as a professor and soccer coach at Iowa’s Graceland University, Ivan 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

As Director of Athletics at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ivan led the athletic program to national prominence. The Ryerson Rams won provincial and national championships for the first time in the institution’s history — while achieving GPAs higher than the student body average. Ivan also spearheaded the landmark $100 million renovation of the historic and beloved Maple Leaf Gardens. In this new culture of belonging and pride across Ryerson’s diverse urban campus, student-athletes broke records with their athletic, academic and outreach activities. 

Currently the Vice-President, Student Affairs at Laurier University, Ivan leads the university’s effort to promote interconnectedness and belonging among a diverse student body drawn from across the country and around the globe. 

Ivan is regularly called on to support national team programs. In 2018 he was selected as Head Coach of the women’s national soccer team in his native Guyana. While serving as high-performance coach for the Canadian men’s basketball team they won the country’s first ever FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup. 

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


Success, Self-Confidence and Performance
Success begins and ends with self-confidence.

As an award-winning coach and PhD sports psychologist, Ivan Joseph has focused on understanding the skill of self-confidence.
He developed, applied and refined dozens of techniques that lead to high performance and excellence.

In this energizing and motivational talk, you’ll learn secrets Ivan used to help individuals and teams reach goals they never thought possible.
Humor, visualization, and immersive activities keep everyone engaged and create a memorable experience.

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 renewed belief in yourself. You’ll be inspired to overcome your challenges—and learn how to accelerate your performance!

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. How do you create a culture of excellence? How do you build a high-performing team?

NAIA National Coach of the Year Ivan Joseph cracked the code. He led a tiny college in Iowa to win a national soccer championship. He led a marginal university athletic program to national prominence. And now he shares how you can accelerate your performance. 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.
Ivan’s approach works: Leaders and teams see an immediate impact.

Fueling Success Through Diversity and Inclusion
A culture of inclusivity is a culture of high performance. Teams and organizations that prioritize diversity and inclusion are stronger, more successful, and have more opportunities to prosper.

Ivan Joseph speaks from experience, sharing practical and proven strategies to attract, retain and develop talent. He understands the complexities of creating an inclusive organizational culture.

Ivan has continually overcome challenges, broken barriers, and led a transformation toward inclusivity in every organization he’s worked for.
He knows what it’s like to look different and sound different, to be the only Black man on a white campus, the only Black leader in an organization.
Ivan is an acclaimed authority on the retention of underrepresented populations in predominantly white organizations.

In this moving and perspective-shifting session, Ivan challenges audiences to think about diversity and inclusion in new ways.

Ivan shares insights and moving experiences from his own remarkable story. Your leaders gain:
- Powerful strategies for fueling high performance through diversity and inclusion.
- 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 inspired and ready to further a culture where inclusion and high performance go hand in hand.

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