a fresh new face in the conference marketplace


What people are saying

thought-provoking • energizing • engaging

Ron Kaufman
Yana Fry
Praven Shekar

“Joanna is Ted Talk quality and her idea is worth spreading.”

CC PuanCEO Packet 1, Mobile Telecommunication, Malaysia

“It was a great session and a perfect way to wrap up our conference. I’ve received many notes of appreciation today. Your contribution to the development of our leaders is truly appreciated!”

Lori Arpin – VP Communications, General Motors, Shanghai, China

“FWA had the pleasure of having Joanna address our members on three occasions now. Each time her talks have been energizing and engaging. Her recent talk on Culture and Workplace Happiness was well received. Joanna listens, and the result is an attendee experience that is customized and unique, conveying the message of how to transform a workplace into a happy, high performing environment.”

LOW Chin Loo – FWA Exco Member and Events Chair, Singapore

“I must thank you for a very useful session. Let me also share that I really enjoyed the energy, clarity and people engagement. I see cultural transformation as key to the success of any organizational development effort because how an organization performs is ultimately down to its people and how they perform.”

Raja Kumar – Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore

“Joanna exudes passion, enthusiasm and energy in her delivery, constantly engaging with the participants to ensure their understanding, inspiring their participation and inclusivity.”

David Hsiao – Managing Director, Ardentec, Singapore

Key facts


  • CEO – Culture Leadership Group.
  • Global Speaker at conferences, corporate events, and leadership development seminars.
  • Author of acclaimed book “Conscious Culture – How to Build a High Performing Workplace through Values, Ethics, and Leadership”.
  • Member of CAPS – Canadian Association of Professional Speakers
  • Member of Keynote Women Speakers
  • Leadership Consultant transforming teams, leadership and workplace culture resulting in high performing, value-driven organizations.
  • Certified Cultural Transformation Tools Consultant and Trainer with the Barrett Values Centre
  • Certified Professional Facilitator accredited by the International Association of Facilitators and Certified Technology of Participation (ToP) Facilitator by the Institute of Cultural Affairs
  • Art of Happiness Teacher, teaching yoga and meditation with the Art of Living Foundation whose mission is to reduce stress, violence and disease in the world.


  • Canadian Director of the Transformational Leadership for Excellence (TLEX) program – a gold standard in leadership development programs
  • 1984 – 2000, Expert in large scale information management and technology transformation.
  • Graduate of the National Training Laboratory (NTL) Organizational Development program.
  • Certified Core StrengthsTM Consultant , Level 1 & 2.
  • Bachelor of Administration from the University of Ottawa, with Honors in Management of Information Systems.

Speaker Profile

Joanna Barclay is a published author and global speaker on cultural transformation, building high performing workplace cultures, and conscious value-based leadership and is a new face in the conference marketplace. She is an award winning consultant with over 3 decades of success facilitating the transformation of leadership teams and organizations. With 15 years teaching yoga and meditation, she is passionate about self-mastery, mindfulness, and personal development. The inner transformation required to lead outer transformation.
Audiences love the energy and passion Joanna has for people and her work which focuses on how to bring engagement and happiness into the work environment. Her specialty is speaking at global conferences, awakening leadership potential to make a difference by caring for people, profits and the planet.
Joanna recently moved back to Canada from Singapore where she lived for 5 years.  Looking for a speaker to inspire new thinking and conscious leadership to meet the challenges of the 21st century?

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Keynotes – Leadership and Cultural Transformation



So… you’ve decided to expand your business into Asia. Congratulations on the courage to venture into new territories!!! Joanna and her husband moved to Singapore from Canada in 2014, where they built a speaking and consulting business for 5 years. On the day of their arrival they encountered their first ‘culture shock’ which had them hauled into immigration services and interviewed by police. To find out how the story ends, Contact Joanna!

In this talk Joanna enlightens future Expats on the “do’s and don’ts”, and the need for cultural awareness when moving to a new part of the world. Lesson #1: Don’t expect business or leadership as usual!



Corporate culture and leadership are the top HR concerns of leaders today, when it comes to addressing declining employee engagement, decreasing productivity and looking for ways to increase the bottom line. What is the cause of this and how can leaders be the change they wish to see?

On the road to success, leaders are parking their CARE car in the parking lot (Compassion, Authenticity, Relationship Building, and Empathy) and not bringing all of their people skills into the workplace. The impact of this is a work environment which is missing human connection and is a major cause of disengagement, low productivity and disease… Dis-Ease!

Joanna awakens leadership to the importance self-awareness, knowing who they are, the values that inspire and motivate high performance.  Consciously leading with values for greater fulfilment, to drive performance and tap into the collective wisdom to bring out the best in people. Leaders learn how to connect the head and heart increasing wellbeing, engagement and productivity, realising human potential, and building sustainable, values-driven organisations.


  • Courage, inspiration, and positive energy to lead change
  • Emotional fulfillment for more joy and happiness
  • Greater self-awareness and awareness of others, developing connections, trust, and mindfulness

Who Benefits?

CEOs, Business Owners, Managers and Staff

Christina Lu

“An excellent facilitation by Joanna to our top 100 leaders from Volvo Group Trucks Asia & JVs. The leaders had a valuable session building values-based leadership to drive a high performing culture and promote high team engagement thereby leading to positive business results and contributing to customer success.”

- Christina LuSenior Vice President,HR & Communication,
Volvo Group Trucks Asia & JVs



There are 3 critical issues preoccupying organizations around the world:

  • How to reduce burnout, increase wellbeing, engagement and productivity to attract talented people?
  • How to transform your workplace culture in response to a global, digital world?
  • How to create a sustainable values-driven organization which takes care of people, profits, and the planet?

Who you are on the outside looks a lot like who you are on the inside. Your brand is the experience of your company by your clients and your culture is the experience of your employees. How many leaders today consciously map, measure and manage their corporate culture to achieve their strategic goals? If you aren’t measuring your culture, it’s quite possible you have an unconscious, default culture which is negatively impacting the bottom line success of your company. The most important thing to do is awaken leadership by creating a conscious culture to lead continuous change.

Joanna provides a powerful framework for cultural transformation, where leaders learn how to create a conscious values-driven culture by tapping into the wisdom of the organization to create an integrated, holistic employee experience. Ensuring cultural alignment for strategic success.


  • Become an employer of choice to attract, engage, and retain top talent
  • The leadership and culture necessary to create a conscious workplace to support collaboration, mergers, and digitization
  • How to create cultural capital, your competitive advantage and the new business paradigm of the 21st century

Who Benefits?

CEOs, Business Leaders, Managers and Staff


Yemi Tépé and Shirin Tang
Yemi Tépé and Shirin Tang

We worked with Joanna Barclay on Morrison & Foerster’s (MoFo’s) inaugural event for women in the legal industry in Singapore. We chose Joanna as our guest speaker because at MoFo we share her passion for “Conscious Values-Based Leadership” believing that it not only builds a positive and cohesive workplace culture but also delivers better results to the bottom line. Joanna’s presentation and the panel discussion that followed were engaging and inspirational. Her knowledge about culture and leadership is impressive and her messages convincing – even for an audience of skeptical, analytical lawyers. We were given practical ideas and actions to take away to further develop our own values-based leadership. It was a valuable and memorable evening. We would recommend Joanna as a professional guest speaker.

– Yemi Tépé and Shirin Tang Partners, Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP
Yemi Tépé and Shirin Tang

Thank you for your inspirational speech on ‘The Power of Love and Awakening the Heart of Leadership Potential’ during our offsite. The topic was truly inspirational, and presented in an innovative way that everyone could understand and practice in daily life.

Your knowledge about culture and leadership, inspiring leaders with powerful new ideas were impressive.

– N.Selvam Senior Director PSAE, Global Technology Services, EQUINIX



Grow a Desired Team Culture

A workshop designed to empower teams, and help them grow a desired team culture. Investing time to connect the people to the team challenges, stakeholders, and to themselves is vital for successful performance. The importance of growing a shared culture is foundational for building trust and increasing productivity


How to Increase Employee Engagement and Productivity to Support Service Excellence, and High Performance

This workshop will help you to awaken the life force energy in values that fuel employee engagement and productivity; Building a people-centred workplace culture consciously unleashes the potential within your organization, creates a workplace that is healthy, happy, engaged and productive, and an environment that provides winning conditions for its leaders, employees, customers, key stakeholders and the planet.

According to Gallup Research, in North America employee engagement is between 26 – 30%, in Europe, between 13 -18%, and in Southeast Asia, between 6 – 12%. With a one million dollar HR budget, that’s $700,000 spent on disengagement. That’s a huge amount of untapped employee potential that organizations are paying for but not realizing!

Discover Your Team’s Inner Genius