Life & Career Coach - Coach Trainer - Presenter

               Joan Runnheim Olson

About Joan


Joan founded her company, Pathways Career Success Strategies, LLC, two decades ago. She has been dedicated to helping thousands of individuals gain clarity, confidence, focus, and momentum to achieve their goals faster. Joan exudes energy, optimism, and a passion to inspire others to set and achieve desired career goals.  

Recognizing how important thinking is to success, Joan has leveraged brain science with her coaching practice. Many individuals don't recognize how their beliefs, which are often unconscious, might be limiting them. By looking at her own thinking, Joan has uncovered many of her own beliefs that have been limiting her throughout her life. With this awareness, she has been able to diminish those beliefs and create empowering ones and achieve goals she at one time never thought possible. Joan works with her clients to uncover their limiting beliefs and other factors that might be impacting them negatively. Joan believes that results can often be achieved faster through improved thinking. 

As a workshop/webinar presenter and speaker, Joan has reached thousands of individuals across the world  sharing job search and career-related best practices,  increasing gender equity in CTE classes/programs, and providing coach training.

Joan served as a career coach for CareerBuilder assisting hundreds of professionals with their job search. She coached undergraduate and graduate students sharing job search best practices.  As a career expert for Monster one of the leading job boards, Joan helped hundreds to thousands of people successfully navigate their job search and manage their careers.  She also authored career-related articles for Monster.  

Joan has been featured in two published books, "The Twitter Job Search Guide" and "WorkSmarts: Be a Winner on the Job." She has always appeared in numerous online and print articles and publications sharing brain based and career-related tips.


Joan holds a master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation and has earned several coaching certifications. She has earned the ICF Associate Certified Coach credential. Joan has earned a certificate from The Neuroscience Academy in "Applied Neuroscience and Brain Health." She has also completed "Brain Gain Boot Camp" through the Academies. Joan is also a Certified Career Management Coach, Certified Leadership and Talent Management Coach, Certified Five O’Clock Club Career Coach, and 360Reach Certified Analyst. 

What others are saying...


"Working with Joan during a four-month period has been a pleasure. Skillfully, she has helped me navigate the waters of my career transition. Joan's not just a valuable sounding board, she's a trusted advisor. Drawing from many years of experience, she asks the right questions in a Socratic way to provoke thought, reflection, and insight. Joan, thank you for helping me articulate my dreams, go after them, and trim the sails."  - Chris Kunze