what joe does

Joe Gerstandt brings his unique perspectives and trademark energy to conferences nationwide, and facilitates training workshops for corporate and professional groups. Joe also helps organizations find successful solutions to the challenges they face by facilitating conversations and designing processes that lead them to their goals. 

Joe is available to companies and organizations of any size for:

  • Keynote Speaking
  • Corporate Training
  • Facilitation & Process Design
My work deals with what exists in the social space between and around people — the things that cannot be seen, inventoried or counted, but are of critical importance. - Joe Gerstandt

Joe combines artful storytelling with the latest research and science to successfully illustrate the importance of diversity and inclusion. His work is not about tolerance, sensitivity, or compliance — it’s about letting the dog off the leash.

Joe creates his workshops and presentations around four major principles that build, one upon the next, to help individuals and organizations better deliver on their promises. 


Authenticity: Fly your freak flag! Joe exhibits the significance of being true to yourself; as an individual, group, team, organization, community, or nation. Welcoming authenticity allows our relationships to flourish, as we learn to appreciate the inner freak in everyone. Discover the value of awareness, honesty, and courage.


Difference: “Diversity is Difference” is a message that resonates greatly with Joe’s audiences. Resulting from authenticity, difference is a social mechanism that can undoubtedly bring tension. But, how we deal with this tension is vital to our success as individuals and as a nation. Supporting positive change, innovation, and evolution is part of what creates difference in its most valuable form. And, while many leaders and organizations realize the importance of difference, few have an understanding of the dynamics that can get in the way. 


Inclusion: While difference is a property of relationships, inclusion is what we do with it. How do we respond to the difference that we’ve created? Do we allow it in?  And, how do we utilize it? Our actions and reactions can shape our personal and professional networks.


Innovation: Including difference leads to innovation and, subsequently, better results in both life and business. Implementing new strategies in the way we communicate, socialize, and build communities is an increasingly significant part of creating diversity. Joe provides his audiences with innovative tools and methodologies, including: social technology and Web 2.0, appreciative inquiry, and open space. As Joe explains, “innovation is vital to capturing the potential that is generated through the inclusion of difference.”

With a passion for helping people interact differently in the world, Joe Gerstandt is dedicated to throwing out old rules and replacing them with creative new strategies that better serve today’s society. By helping his audiences remove false barriers, Joe is able to liberate the unrealized potential that exists in individuals, groups, and organizations.

joe’s clients include:

Alegent Health

Anti-Defamation League

ASAE Annual Conference & Expo

ASAE Great Ideas Conference

Baird Holm Law Firm

Bankers Trust

California Society of Association
Executives Annual Conference

CalSAE Annual Conference

Catalyst Awards Conference

Catholic Charities

Central Iowa SHRM Conference

Chattanooga SHRM Conference

Citizens Energy

Colorado Human Resources
Association HR Conference

ConAgra Foods

Cox Communications

Diversity Roundtable of Indiana
Annual Conference

Executive Council on Civil Rights
Training Conference


Governor’s Conference on
Community Service

Habitat for Humanity

Hospital Corporation of America

HR Southwest


iCAN Women's Leadership Conference

Illinois SHRM State Conference

Multicultural Forum on Workplace
Diversity Conference

National Conference for
Community and Justice

Nebraska Health and Human Services

Nebraska SHRM State Conference

Nonprofit Association of the Midlands

Northern Ohio SHRM Conference

Ohio SHRM Annual Conference

OIA Rendezvous Conference

Omaha Public Power District

Principal Financial

Psychologically Healthy
Workplace Conference

Regional Fair Housing Conference

Sanford Health

SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition

SHRM Annual Student Conference

SHRM Diversity Conference

SHRM Leadership Conference

Sletten Construction

South Dakota SHRM
Annual Conference

Sparrow Health Systems




Tennessee SHRM State Conference

Texas Society of CPAs Annual Meeting

Union Bank and Trust

Urban League Equal Opportunity Day


Veridian Credit Union


Wells Fargo

Women of Color Leadership Summit

Word Made Flesh

Workforce Diversity Network
Power of Inclusion Conference

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