Joy Fitzgerald

Author, Speaker and Life Coach

Joy Fitzgerald (aka Speaking Joy) is an author, speaker, and life coach who has dedicated her life to motivating and igniting joy into every aspect of a person’s life. Her power is in her courageous voice and desire to develop and grow people. She is known as a highly sought-after transformational leader and executive coach, who helps take people from where they are to where they aspire to be.

As a dynamic speaker and strategic thought partner, Fitzgerald has presented keynote speeches and workshops in more than 20 countries and 5 continents. She has more than 25 years of leadership experience working across business sectors, for both profit and nonprofit organizations in various industries. She has served on boards for several organizations and was named by Diversity Journal as a “Woman Worth Watching,” by Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association as a “Rising Star,” and by Black Enterprise as a Top Executive in Corporate Diversity.

A global leader in talent management, as well as diversity and inclusion, Fitzgerald has dedicated her career to improving the lives of individuals, one person at a time. She has a rare ability to tackle very difficult subjects and speak truth to power without stirring negative emotions, and is skillful and experienced in developing business solutions that address people challenges to create a more diverse and inclusive work environment. She seeks to create a world in which all people are treated with dignity and respect, and works tirelessly to champion inclusion by creating safe spaces for brave conversations on topics of injustice and inequities. Fitzgerald currently serves as the SVP, Chief DE&I Officer for a major healthcare group, where she partners with Human Resources and business leaders to support the company’s objective to attract and develop talent, build future leaders at all levels and improve diversity and inclusion across the company. She earned a master’s degree in strategic leadership and a bachelor’s degree in organizational development from the University of Memphis in Memphis, TN.

Fitzgerald is a devoted mother and wife. She is married to her college sweetheart, Tyron and has two wonderful young adult children, Taylor and Tyron Jr.


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