About Joanne

With clear, compelling prose, my writing captures the essence of  executives and entrepreneurs,  innovators and artists. I help people break through the chaos of their ideas with credible, jargon-free writing. To date I have collaborated on seven books as well as written my own.

I’m intrigued by leaders behind great organizations; by individuals who succeed despite tremendous odds; and by people whose bold visions and creative processes have lasting impact. When ideas are worth spreading, I consider it a privilege to be part of that journey.

Prior to becoming an author, I was a reporter and contributing editor at the New York offices of Forbes magazine, where I profiled leaders across a variety of industries for feature articles as well as for the Forbes 400, the annual list of the country’s wealthiest individuals.

Over the years, my work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the New York Times Syndicate, Harvard Business Review, the Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, Working Mother, CosmoGIRL!, Seventeen, Boston Magazine, PINK, MSN.com, The Wall Street Journal’s National Business Employment Weekly, and weekly careers column for Conde Nast’s Portfolio.com. Before my writing career, I worked in business-to-business corporate communications for Burson-Marsteller.

In short, I’ve been writing my entire life and it’s what I love to do. I have a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, with a focus on business writing and reporting, as well as a bachelor’s in journalism from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Although I currently live in the Pacific Northwest, I grew up near Chicago and lived in New York City for ten years. I go wherever great authors need me to be.