Dr. Ivan Joseph inspires and coaches people and teams to maximize their potential.

An award-winning coach, educator, and leader, Joseph has spent his career leading cultural transformation, helping people believe in themselves, and creating cohesive teams. He speaks about self-confidence, embracing the “grit” to persevere in spite of setbacks, and leading teams to success, drawing from the lessons he’s learned from a life in sport. Dynamic and engaging, Joseph always leaves audience with a memorable experience that adds value long after the presentation ends.

Born in Guyana, South America, Joseph arrived in Toronto at the age of five, with only the clothes he was wearing. The Joseph family lived in one of the poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods in Canada, until hard work and good fortune helped them move to a rural farming community—where Ivan was fortunate to develop unstoppable work ethic and sky-high aspirations.

While serving as a professor and soccer coach at Graceland University, Joseph developed the soccer program from the ground up. In just five years, he led both the men’s and women’s teams to #1 national rankings and helped the men’s team win their first ever national championship. As a result, he was recognized by The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics as National Coach of the Year in 2006.

As Director of Athletics at Ryerson University, Joseph led the athletic program to national prominence. The Ryerson Rams won provincial and national championships for the first time in the institution’s history — while achieving GPAs higher than the student body average. Joseph also spearheaded the landmark $100 million renovation of the historic and beloved Maple Leaf Gardens. In this new culture of belonging and pride across Ryerson’s diverse urban campus, student-athletes broke records with their athletic, academic and outreach activities.

Currently the Vice President, Student Affairs at Laurier University, Joseph leads the university’s effort to promote interconnectedness and belonging among a diverse student body drawn from across the country and around the globe.

Joseph is regularly called on to support national team programs. In 2018 he was selected as Head Coach of the women’s national soccer team in his native Guyana. While serving as high-performance coach for the Canadian men’s basketball team. They won the country’s first ever FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup in 2017.

Joseph’s TEDx Talk has more than 20 million views, which speaks to the impact he has on people. Forbes named it one of the “Ten Best TED Talks About The Meaning of Life.”

Along with being an in-demand speaker, consultant and coach, Joseph contributes regularly to publications including Huffington Post and Globe and Mail. He is also the author of the bestselling book ​You Got This: Mastering the Skill of Self-Confidence.​

Joseph has a BA in Physical Education and Health, a Masters in Higher Education Administration, and a PhD in Sports Psychology.


  • TEDx Talk has more than 21 million views and was named by Forbes as “One of The Top TED Talks About the Meaning of Life”
  • Speaks with credibility based on experience as an Olympic and National Champion coach and leader
  • Blends story-telling and PhD research with audiences sharing actionable strategies for building unstoppable teams, unlocking potential, and leading with resilience
  • Inspires, challenges, and entertains – all while providing tangible techniques for people to apply in their lives and work.

Dr. Ivan Joseph | Leadership Mindset Speaker | Toronto


Recognized as one of the most motivational and transformational keynote speakers of the past decade, Dr. Ivan Joseph has impacted millions of people around the world.

His TEDx Talk has over 24 million views, and was named by Forbes as one of the Top TED Talks About The Meaning of Life.

Ivan inspires, challenges and entertains—all while providing actionable techniques for individuals and teams to maximize their potential. 

Keynote Topics

Building a High-Performance Team

When teams thrive, they elevate everyone to a level they didn’t know was possible. When teams struggle, they create dynamics and challenges that limit performance.

What does it take for a team to excel? How do you create a culture of excellence? How do you build a high-performing team?

NAIA National Coach of the Year Ivan Joseph cracked the code. He led a tiny college in Iowa to win a national soccer championship. He led a marginal university athletic program to national prominence. And that’s why he’s invited to speak on stages around the world.

Sharing funny and moving stories, and research-based insights, Ivan inspires leaders and teams to achieve even their toughest goals. In this fast-paced, interactive session, leaders gain insights and techniques to:

  • Articulate common values and a shared sense of purpose.
  • Create team cohesion,  the foundation of elite team performance.
  • Set higher expectations to achieve new levels of performance.

Self-confidence, cohesion and expectations drive team performance. Ivan’s approach works: Leaders and teams see an immediate impact.

It’s time to amplify your team’s performance!

Success, Self-Confidence and Grit

Success begins and ends with self-confidence. Your belief in yourself is the foundation for thriving, achieving your dreams, and unlocking your potential. With self-confidence, you live the happy, inspired, connected life you deeply desire. 

As an award-winning coach and Ph.D. sports psychologist, Ivan Joseph has focused on understanding the skill of self-confidence. He has developed, applied and refined dozens of techniques that lead to high performance and excellence.

In this energizing and motivational talk, you’ll learn the secrets Ivan used to help individuals and teams reach goals they never thought possible. Humor, visualization, and immersive activities keep everyone engaged and create a memorable experience.   

Dr. Ivan Joseph shares powerful stories that people take to heart, and research-based insights.  You’ll learn practical techniques to:

  • Develop and sustain self-confidence, especially in times of adversity.
  • Promote self-confidence in your team and others.
  • Use the power of positive self-talk and setting higher expectations.

 You’ll gain self-confidence and a renewed belief in yourself. You’ll be inspired to overcome your challenges—and learn how to accelerate your performance!

Fueling Success Through Inclusivity and Diversity

Teams and organizations that prioritize diversity and inclusion are stronger, more successful, and have more opportunities to prosper.

Dr. Joseph is uniquely positioned to guide your team with practical and proven strategies to attract, retain and develop talent for the long-run.

He is an acclaimed authority on retention and persistence of underrepresented populations in predominantly white organizations. Dr. Joseph shows you how the Identity Development Model helps drive high performance in teams. In addition to research on this topic, Ivan has a lifetime of first-hand experience: Ivan has continually overcome challenges, broken barriers, and led a transformation toward inclusivity in every organization he’s worked for.

Having moved to Canada at age five from his native Guyana, Ivan knows what it’s like to look different and sound different, to be a black student on a white campus, to be a leader from an equity group. He has lived the range of reactions to being a successful black man. He has experienced the challenges and opportunities of being a designated hire. And he has been immersed in the complexities of creating an inclusive organizational culture.

In this moving and perspective-shifting session, Ivan challenges audiences to think about issues of diversity and inclusion in a new way by embracing a powerful concept:

A culture of inclusivity is a culture of high-performance.  

Ivan shares insights and moving experiences from his own remarkable story. Your leaders gain:

  • Powerful strategies for fueling high performance through inclusivity and diversity 
  • Tactics for successfully navigating the nuances of organizational decisions related to diversity and inclusion
  • Techniques to foster successful cross-cultural communication

Your leaders will be ready to create a culture where inclusion and high performance go hand in hand.

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Travels from: Waterloo, Ontario

Speaking Fees:

  • Local: $10,001 – $20,000*
  • US East: $10,001 – $20,000*
  • US West: $10,001 – $20,000*
  • Europe: $20,001 – $35,000*
  • Asia: $35,001 – $55,000*