Dr. Ivan Joseph

Dr. Ivan Joseph

Award-Winning Performance Coach | Leadership and Cultural Transformation Expert

Dr. Ivan Joseph wants you and your team to succeed — and he knows how you can do it. An award-winning coach, educator, and leader, Ivan has spent his career leading cultural transformation, helping people believe in themselves, and creating cohesive teams. Ivan 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, Ivan always leaves audience with a memorable experience that adds value long after the presentation ends.

While serving as a professor and soccer coach at Graceland University, he developed the soccer program from the ground up, leading both the men’s and women’s teams to a #1 national ranking, and the men’s team to win the first-ever national championship in Graceland’s history — in just five years. As a result, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics recognized Ivan as their National Coach of the Year in 2006.

Beginning in 2008, Ivan spent a decade as Director of Athletics at Ryerson University in Toronto, leading the transformation of the athletic department rise to national prominence. Ivan also spearheaded the landmark $100 million renovation of the historic Maple Leaf Gardens, created a culture of belonging and pride across Ryerson’s diverse urban campus, and helped student-athletes break records with their athletic, academic, and outreach activities. His efforts also helped the Ryerson Rams win the first-ever provincial and national championships in the institution’s history.

In the fall of 2018, Ivan took up his newest post as Vice-Provost, Student Affairs at Dalhousie University, a 200-year old major research institution in Halifax. In this senior role, he leads the university’s effort to promote interconnectedness and belonging among a diverse student body drawn from across the country and around the globe. Ivan is also regularly called on to support national team programs. In 2018, he was selected as Head Coach for the women’s national soccer team in his native Guyana, and, in 2017, he was the high-performance coach for the Canadian men’s basketball team that won the country’s first ever FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup.

Along with being an in-demand consultant and speaker, Ivan contributes regularly to publications like the Huffington Post and The Globe and Mail. He also wrote the 2017 book You Got This: Mastering the Skill of Self-Confidence and delivered a TEDx talk called “The Skill of Self-Confidence,” with almost 14 million times views on YouTube.

Born in Guyana, Ivan grew up in Toronto, where he was a nationally ranked high-school track and field athlete. He has a BA in Physical Education and Health, an MS in Higher Education Administration, and a PhD in Sports Psychology.


Success, Self-Confidence and Performance

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 PhD 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 renewed belief in yourself. You’ll be inspired to overcome your challenges—and learn how to accelerate your performance!

Build 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 immediate impact. It’s time to amplify your team’s performance!

Fueling Success Through Inclusivity and Diversity

A culture of inclusivity is a culture of high performance. You’re likely prioritizing diversity and inclusion. And, you’ve had setbacks—and need some fresh ideas and inspiration!

Dr. Ivan Joseph shares practical and proven strategies to build an inclusive culture. An authority on retention of under-represented populations in predominantly white organizations, Dr. Joseph also speaks movingly from his own experience. He has overcome challenges, broken barriers, and led a transformation toward inclusivity in every organization he’s worked for.

Born in Guyana, Ivan moved to Canada at age five. 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 under-represented group. He has experienced the challenges and opportunities of being a designated hire. And he understands from the inside the complexities of creating an inclusive organizational culture.

In this perspective-shifting talk, Ivan shares insights and experiences from his own remarkable story. Your leaders gain:

  • Powerful strategies—including the Identity Development Model—to drive 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 and eager to create a culture where inclusion and high performance go hand in hand.