Ivan Joseph

Opening General Session

Tuesday, September 24
8:45 AM - 10:15 AM (CT)

This session is sponsored by:Anthem

Dr. Ivan Joseph

Dr. Joseph is an internationally renowned speaker, bestselling author, award-winning performance coach, in-demand consultant, prominent educator, and accomplished leader. His TEDx talk, “The Skill of Self-Confidence,” has over 28 million views and was named by Forbes as one of the 10 Best TED Talks for Graduates on the Meaning of Life. Dr. Joseph holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and has served as Vice President, Director of Athletics, and faculty at four North American universities. During his 25-year career in academia, Ivan led cultural transformation, inspired people to believe in themselves, and created cohesive teams.

While serving as a professor and coach at Graceland University, Ivan developed the soccer program from the ground up, leading the men’s and women’s teams to the #1 national rankings. He also guided the men’s team to the first national championship in Graceland’s history—in just five years. For this accomplishment, he was chosen by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics to be named National Coach of the Year. Ivan spent a decade as Director of Athletics at Toronto Metropolitan University, where he helped lead his department—and the university—to national prominence. Among his many accomplishments at TMU, Ivan spearheaded the landmark $100M renovation of the historic Maple Leaf Gardens. Under his leadership, TMU teams won the first provincial and national championships in the university’s history.

Ivan has coached World Champions and Olympians. His research and leadership have focused on understanding how self-confidence and cohesion drive performance. Ivan now uses these skills to lead high-performing businesses, organizations, and individuals worldwide.

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