Career & Life Coach - Coach Trainer - Presenter

Joan founded her company, Pathways Career Success Strategies, LLC, over a decade ago. She has been dedicated to helping thousands of career-minded professionals gain clarity, confidence, focus, and momentum to achieve their career goals faster. She exudes energy, optimism, and a passion to inspire others to set and achieve desired career goals. Recognized as a glass half-full type person, she not only enables clients to see what is possible, but also helps them to set a plan of action, manage it from day to day, and keep accountable and on track with their goals.

Joan earned a ​Master of Science degree from University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menominee, WI. She also received a Bachelor of Science from Mount Senario College in Ladysmith, WI. Joan recently earned a certificate in Applied Neuroscience and Brain Health from The Neuroscience Academy. 

  • ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
  • Certified Career Development Coach
  • Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC)
  • Certified GetFive Career Coach
  • Certified 360Reach Analyst
  • Certified Leadership & Talent Management Coach (CLTMC)


Joan Runnheim Olson works with professionals who want to maximize career and/or life success and satisfaction.  She incorporates the latest insights into on how the brain works to help them achieve their goals. Clients report feeling more confidence, focus, and momentum as a result of the coaching relationship.

As a certified career coach, Joan Runnheim Olson has established her presence as a career expert by two of the heavy-hitters in the global job board industry- CareerBuilder and Monster. Joan has been quoted and published in numerous print and online media, including contributing to two career books, "WorkSmarts: Be a Winner on the Job" and "The Twitter Job Search Guide." She also authored an ebook, "Get a Job, Keep a Job, or Move Up- faster!"


As a faculty member of the Institute for Life Coach Training for five years, Joan offers two ICF certified courses: Advanced Job Search Coaching and Coaching Students in Career Exploration and Expanding Awareness of Nontraditional Careers. 

Joan also offers coach mentoring and  coach supervision to coaches who want to  build and expand their coaching competencies.


For nearly 20 years, Joan has worked in various venues to encourage nontraditional career paths for males and females. As a project coordinator for a Dept. of Labor grant (WANTO), she moved more women into the auto service industry as auto service technicians, aka mechanics and service advisers. As an assessment/placement specialist for a pre-apprenticeship training program for women, 

Joan helped women break into and succeed in male-dominated jobs in the trades. She presents workshops, keynotes, and break-out sessions throughout the U.S. to secondary and post-secondary educators, administrators, counselors, student support services staff and others providing strategies to recruit and retain students in classes and programs which prepare them for nontraditional careers. These efforts have been aimed at supporting institutions in meeting Perkins IV guidelines and now the new Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, aka Perkins V. She also presents workshops and coordinates events for students to raise awareness of the many benefits of nontraditional careers. 

For 7+ years, Joan served as a career expert to for several message boards including “Women in Nontraditional Careers,” “Women at Work” and “Managing and Leading Others.” She is an independent career coach and coach trainer. Joan is a contributor to “WorkSmarts: Be a Winner on the Job” with a chapter titled, “Time for a Change? Why Not Consider a Nontraditional Career?” which was published in 2012.

               Joan Runnheim Olson

Joan Runnheim Olson