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Joan C. Smith, MS

Chief Career Officer and Founder

Premier Career Coaching

Joan is an HR Consultant and the founder of Premier Career Coaching. Her desire is to help mid-career women that are undervalued and unfulfilled pivot into their dream career.

In August 2021, Joan has been featured on the Power To Fly platform twice-first in the “Chat and Learn” and again in the “2021 Diversity Reboot” as a career expert speaking on topics such as: reinventions, career transitions, ageism in the workplace. 

In February 2022, Joan was featured on Camille B’s “The HR Counselor’s” YouTube channel where she was interviewed on “Transitioning Into HR and why it’s Important to have a Career Coach.”

In December 2021, Joan spoke to 20-30 HR professionals in the HR Jetpack private membership group on “Coaching, Mentoring, and Consulting in HR.” 

Joan was featured in the “Member Spotlight” in CLASS membership group in July 2021 where she spoke on “How To Make A Successful Career Change.” She has several career, HR related articles as a Guest Blogger on the Gov Loop platform and several articles on her LinkedIn profile.

Joan has also spoken on several career podcasts.

In February 2023, Joan was a featured speaker at the “Road To Greatness Life and
Business Conference.”

Joan graduated in the first Classy Career Girl Career Coach Certification in October 2022 and graduated from the NOVA SHRM MentorHR program in January 2023.

Joan has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Clark/Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA, and her Masters of Science in Human Resources Management from Southern New Hampshire University. Joan lives in the greater Washington, DC area.  Joan can be reached on LinkedIn at: and on Facebook at