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Joy Chen is a world-renowned executive coach whom the Wall Street Journal calls "a Lean-In Guru" and the Los Angeles Times refers to simply as "The Networker." She formerly served as a Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles and as an executive search consultant to Fortune 500 companies. She is the Founder of JOYOUS, an executive coaching and leadership development firm for Asian Americans.
Born in the U.S. to immigrant parents, Joy began her career as a real-estate developer. At age 31, she was appointed a Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles, and used that position to spearhead education and workforce development projects to help Angelenos gain the skills and knowledge to compete in 21st century jobs.
Upon leaving public service, Joy joined Heidrick & Struggles as an executive search consultant finding CEOs and other top executives for Fortune 500 companies across North America, Europe and Asia. She also wrote a Chinese/English careers blog which went viral on Chinese social media, prompting a publisher in China to recruit Joy to write a book for women there.
The success of that book, DO NOT MARRY BEFORE AGE 30 and her second best-seller, HOW TO GET LUCKY IN YOUR CAREER, launched Joy as a celebrity career guru in China. Through her books, speeches, online courses and social media, she's helped millions to unleash their potential. Joy has been profiled across news, business and fashion media including the Wall Street Journal, CBS News, Vogue China, Esquire China, and OZY Media.
This Spring, spurred by anti-Asian hate in the U.S., Joy established JOYOUS to give Asian Americans the insider guidance they need to smash the glass ceiling, get to the top, and lead lives of greater impact and joy.
Joy earned MBA and M.A. in Urban Planning degrees from UCLA, and a BA from Duke University. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two young daughters.