MBA, Specialist in Neuroscience and Ontological Coaching
After a successful career as a health care executive, Joan Evans joined the faculty of Coach Academy International in 2021. A highly accomplished executive coach, Joan advances the impact of individuals and organizations through a focus on leadership and career development, strategic thinking, conflict resolution and change management.
Her deep knowledge and keen insight – grounded in decades of executive coaching, C-suite operational and innovation leadership, organizational development and neuroscience studies — uniquely qualify her to understand client challenges, help clients embrace their inner wisdom, and support their commitments to new possibilities. Joan provides a safe space for exploring strengths and opportunities. As described by a client, “Joan’s superpower as a coach is asking just the right question at just the right time to challenge her coachees to think beyond what they believe to be possible . . . and move into action.” She blends her compassionate approach with thought-provoking questions to reveal fresh perspectives and clarify complex situations. Together, Joan supports her clients in creating measured and workable action plans that result in confidence, impact and success.
As a consultant and a senior executive in health care, Joan is recognized as a thought leader in transformational innovation and organizational effectiveness. She spent most of her distinguished career as a leader in a $2 billion health system in North Carolina. A trusted advisor and operational partner with the CEO, she founded system’s Office of Lean Transformation. Using lean thinking, elevating a culture of accountability, and incorporating system-wide project disciplines, the profoundly positive outcomes were nationally recognized. Previously, as Chief Learning Officer, she was a visionary industry leader in creating an internal coach training program which has now certified more than 100 in-house coaches.
Joan is certified in a range of psychometric instruments – including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, DiSC, Hogan, Firo-B, Decision Style Profile, TKI and Strength Deployment Inventory. Added to her Six-Sigma Green Belt, she has a wide range of effective tools to assist organizations and individuals perform at higher levels.
Joan is highly regarded as a national speaker on a variety of topics related to health care operations and leadership. She has published articles about transformational change, coaching, leadership development and organizational culture. She has served as adjunct faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Greensboro, Winston Salem State University and Elon University. Joan currently serves as an Executive in Residence for the Health Management Academy, a peer learning company that brings together C-suite health care industry executives to collectively address the industry’s biggest challenges and opportunities.
Joan received her MBA from UNC-Greensboro, where she received the Distinguished Alumni Award. She completed her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia. Her post-graduate studies in neuroscience from the NeuroLeadership Institute and ontological coaching from the Newfield Network have given her exceptional insights and skills she brings to her coaching engagements.