Dr. Joel A. Brown is the Chief Visionary Officer of Pneumos LLC, a management consulting and coaching company based in San Francisco, USA, specializing in global diversity and inclusion, leadership, change management, and strategic storytelling. Joel is also an adjunct professor at the IESEG School of Management in Paris & Lille, France, where he teaches Storytelling for Leaders and Story Listening. As a change agent, Joel works strategically to cultivate innovative, creative, and adaptive environments where the cultural genius of everyone can be harnessed and leveraged successfully.

Best known for his critical analysis, creativity, humor, and his ability to build consensus, Joel has partnered with Fortune 500 Companies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies to help them achieve sustained growth and organizational breakthroughs. His clients have ranged from LinkedIn to the United Nations, and his “sweet spots” have included diversity, equity, and inclusion, emotional intelligence, LGBT inclusion, interpersonal dialogue, and intercultural communication.

Joel is a member of several international think tanks, including D2K, the Diversity Collegium, SIETAR, and the Global Community Dialogue. He is also an Expert Panelist with the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks. Joel is an adjunct professor at the IESEG business management school in France and is a nationally recognized spoken word artist in the United States. Joel is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the Virginia School of Law and received his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary’s College in May 2018.

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STORYTELLING FOR LEADERS, AN EXPERIENTIAL LEADERSHIP LABORATORY FROM PNEUMOS LLC

In the 21st century, leadership is not about technical expertise as much as it is about fostering connection and build relationships. Constituents across the globe want leaders who are authentic, accessible, and vulnerable in their humanity. To be successful, leaders must understand their own personal narrative, including the stories that have hindered them and the stories that reflect their core values and deepest motivations.

At Pneumos, we believe that storytelling is the most under-utilized aspect of leadership. However, when harnessed and used strategically, storytelling allows leaders to be transformational and not just transactional. Armed with the personal clarity and the inspirational genius that only stories can provide, leaders who understand the power of story can use their personal narratives to motivate teams, enhance their leadership ability, and connect to different stakeholders and demographics in a thoughtful and powerful way.