By my late 20s, I had a successful sales career, yet I was stressed.

I wanted to find some peace of mind. I became intrigued by meditation and immersed myself in learning— through a multitude of meditation books, articles, workshops, events, and retreats. Mindfulness made a profound difference in my life. I became less reactive. Less judgmental. Less stressed. More grounded. More accepting. More relaxed. Mindfulness made a profound difference in my professional life, too, as I easily reached sales goals well beyond my quotas.

After decades of study, I wanted to bring the benefits of mindfulness to others, and teach in a way that was simple, straightforward, and accessible. So I completed an 18-month contemplative leadership course and started offering mindfulness programs in the community and the workplace.

I’ve had the privilege of presenting programs in many diverse settings, including the INBOUND19 Conference in Boston (attended by more than 26,000 people!), Marriott International’s Corporate Headquarters, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, and The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Washington, D.C.

My intent is to offer people simple ideas and mindfulness exercises to reduce stress, increase focus, achieve goals—and ultimately, transform lives. If you’d like to find out about a mindfulness program for your group, I’d love to hear from you!

Joy Rains

Background and Affiliations

  • Professional Speaker and Member of the National Speakers Association
  • Presenter for Key Seminars Inc., a sales training company Joy founded in 1989
  • Facilitator trained in Mindful Schools Curriculum
  • Graduate of 18-month Contemplative Leadership Program at Shalem Institute, Washington D.C.
  • Member of Spiritual Directors International
  • Facilitator trained in the Veriditas (“greening of the human soul”) method for teaching labyrinth walking
  • Certified Life Coach
  • Graduate of American University, Washington D.C.
  • Volunteer for Casey Trees, Washington D.C.
Joy Rains in Newgrange

At the ancient monument Newgrange in Ireland, standing by 4000-year-old spiral patterns, each design like the pattern of the labyrinth’s path.