I’m a mindfulness trainer, author and podcast host—

who focuses on employee wellness, stress management, and sales success.

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.

I believe that with accessible tools and intentional practice, people can realize the benefits of meditation and mindfulness, especially since the brain has the ability to form new neural pathways and learn new ways of thinking. I taught my mother how to meditate when she was 80 years old; now she’s 93 and continues to enjoy the benefits of meditation—so it’s never too late to learn!

My intent is to offer people accessible tools and practice tips to help them 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!

Virtual Program

Program at INBOUND ’19

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 a labyrinth’s path.


  • I love the creative process of producing recorded audio meditations.
  • I love spending time with family and friends, especially over a shared meal.
  • My favorite activity is walking—in my neighborhood, on the C&O Canal, and on outdoor labyrinths. As the Latin phase solvitur ambulando says, “It is solved by walking.”
  • I love thoughtful, engaging conversations. 
  • I love dogs. Over the years, we shared our home with three standard poodles. Many family pictures include a poodle, but we’re not always sure which one it was! 
  • Now that we’re empty-nesters, my husband and I enjoy binging on the occasional Netflix series. 
  • My dream is to create a charitable organization to support the rainforests, sustaining our planet for future generations. The mission of my publishing company, Whole Earth Press, is to offer publications that can help heal the whole person, whole communities and the whole earth.

Playing with Toby