Joan Snyder Kuhl

While pursuing a career in the fields of business and healthcare, Joan has used her background of leadership in both the private and social sectors. Joan has over 13 years of corporate management experience working at Eli Lilly, Forest Laboratories and Actavis Plc in the roles of sales, marketing, organizational effectiveness, training and development. She has been recognized for her turnaround tactics leading teams to high performance results and developing corporate wide training initiatives for three global healthcare organizations.

After a decade of mentoring and coaching thousands of Millennials (aged 18-34 years old) from around the world to help them achieve their potential, Joan Snyder Kuhl launched Why Millennials Matter. Why Millennials Matter is a Gen-Y speaking, training, research and consulting company based in New York City that focuses on raising awareness to employers about the value of investing in their future workforce and the millennial customer segment. Organizations are struggling to attract and retain Millennials (Generation Y) because they lack the insights into what this generation wants out of their employer and the benefits that will inspire their loyalty. The same struggle exists for organizations and global brands that are trying to connect with Millennials as consumers through marketing and product development. Joan bridges the gap in understanding Millennials with practical strategies for connecting with them and garnering their loyalty.

The experience of coaching and mentoring Gen Y’ers about workforce issues, studying generational dynamics in the workplace and being responsible for managing and developing them in a corporate environment gave Joan a unique perspective. The culmination of research, advising roles and hands-on observations led to Joan’s speaking engagements, two books, global research initiatives and consulting opportunities with Fortune 500 companies and brands.

As an international speaker, Joan delivers engaging presentations that incorporate the latest research and insights around generational dynamics in the workplace and her personal experiences hiring, developing, coaching and managing Millennials. As a sought out keynote and panelist, Joan helps inspire businesses to develop a relevant and scalable strategy to drive engagement and loyalty with Millennials as consumers and employees. Joan’s coaching and leadership trainings have impacted diverse audiences of Millennials across the United States and as far away as Dubai, Argentina, China, South Africa, Australia, and India.

Joan has a long and active commitment to empowering young leaders to achieve their potential as a mentor and coach. Marshall Goldsmith, NYTimes Best Selling Author and #1 leadership thinker in the world by the Harvard Business Review named Joan Kuhl as "the Next Generation's Top Executive Coach" and has been a strong mentor and supporter. Since 2005, Joan has spoken to thousands of high school and college students as a spokesperson for’s Program on Career and College preparation for success. Joan serves as the youngest Board Member for the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute named after the former CEO of the Girls Scouts of the USA and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Joan is frequently invited to speak to undergraduate and MBA students including Baruch, Olin College of Engineering, NYU, University of South Carolina, University of Pittsburgh, University of Toledo, University of the Pacific, University of Rochester, Tufts, Rutgers University, Texas Tech, Yale, LIM College and The United States Military Academy at West Point.
Joan’s advice has been featured in print, news and radio including The Wall Street Journal, CLO Media, CNBC, U.S. News & World Report, TeenVogue, LevoLeague, HerCampus, National Retail Federation’s STORES magazine and the Leader to Leader journal. Cosmopolitan magazine has chosen Joan to be a part of their inaugural Millennial Board of Advisors featuring her in the magazine’s masthead. Cosmopolitan Magazine has 61 editions iaround the world. Hearst Magazine International invited Joan to present her insights on Millennials at the Bi-Annual Cosmopolitan Magazine International Editors Conference (COSMIC) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A weeklong millennial roadshow in Cape Town and Johannesburg sponsored by Cosmopolitan South Africa followed where Joan spoke to clients in the Beauty, Fashion, Auto, Finance and Retail segments which progressed into global advising opportunities with iconic brands.

Joan works with clients to become Millennial Ready by assessing and developing programs, branding initiatives, onboarding experiences and management training to attract, retain and promote young talent. Joan has partnered with Barnes & Noble College who has over 725+ college campus bookstores as their Career Expert connecting with students across the country on topics such as personal branding, networking and skills for succeeding on the job. Barnes & Noble College selected Joan as a partner for their recent national survey of over 3,500 students from 44 states with over 17,000 responses, The College Student Mindset For Career Preparation & Success. The results of this survey captured today’s student mindset as it relates to their career goals and expectations and uncovered a number of ways colleges and universities can reinvent the traditional career roadmap for students. As their Millennial Career Expert, Joan is a spokesperson for BNC at national conferences and provides success workshops for students on campus and online with an expanded digital focus in the 2015-16 school year.
She is a Research Fellow and Principal at The Center for Talent Innovation and Hewlett Consulting Partners.

While serving as Student Government President at the University of Pittsburgh, Joan began honing her leadership skills. She earned an MBA from Rutgers University and studied global business strategies in Beijing and Shanghai, China. Joan became certified in the Principles and Practices of Organizational Development through the Executive Change and Consultation program at Columbia University in New York City.

The First Globals: Understanding, Managing, and Unleashing Our Millennial Generation
is a revisionist examination of who First Globals really are, what they have to offer, and how they are the best equipped to thrive and solve the problems of our shared world today and tomorrow. A call to action, this is a handbook for those who lead and want to lead, and a more holistic depiction of an outstanding group with so much potential.

Joan championed the launch for a new edition of Peter F. Drucker’s: Five Most Important Questions: Enduring Wisdom for Today’s Leaders focusing on relating to and empowering up and coming leaders of the Millennial generation.
Published by Wiley and earning the #2 rank on The Washington Post bestsellers list, this world- renowned business resource will translate Drucker’s timeless wisdom for a new generation of leaders with contributions from Jim Collins, Marshall Goldsmith, and Judith Rodin, new insights from some of today's most influential leaders in business (GE and, academia (Harvard Business School and Northwestern University), social enterprise (Levo League) and the military who have been directly influenced by Drucker's theory of management. Joan is leading efforts to translate #The5Qs into global training programs for aspiring and tenured leaders around the world.