Once you meet Joy Harris, you will never forget her or her story of courage and hope. As a teen single mother, Joy experienced the hardships and hard truths of parenthood while nearly still a child herself. One of the most important life lessons to come from those early years of teen parenting was the importance of creating boundaries, setting goals and not stopping until every goal is accomplished.
Joy is the CEO and founder of JAHE Consulting, LLC. and an experienced speaker and teacher. She encourages others to embrace the gift of greatness inside, and to seek and live a purpose-filled life. For over a decade, Joy’s compassionate, transparent, and interactive teaching style has made her a much sought-after motivational speaker across the United States and internationally. She has presented to over 20,000 people.
She has worked with senior executives, leaders at all levels, employees in industries such as the law enforcement, healthcare, public & private sector and higher education.
Joy is also known for sharing her though provoking "Scoop of Joy Thought of the Day" across the airwaves as the radio host on 107.9 The Beat of Lexington WBTF.FM Joy has a passion for theater. She received female actress of the Year at IMTA (International Model and Talent Agency). She has been featured in several plays and commercials.
In 2012 Joy wrote and produced her first play titled “Coming Up Deeper” which was presented in front of over 500 attendees. She also hosted a “Coming Up Deeper” conference that focused on mental health and suicide prevention. There were over 425 in attendance.
Joy is the author of Authentic Joy: Finding True Joy in a Compromising World. She has co-authored “Embracing You" with Angela Roberts. "Embracing You" is an excellent informational resource for parents and/or perfect for a pre-teen/young. It is an easy and fun read that will inform you, challenge you and empower you as you journey to Embrace You and live to your full potential. Previously she was a contributing writer in several independent published magazines and the book Inspired Women Succeed. She has been featured in or on the cover of multiple magazines and Vogue Magazine (December 2005, Wal-Mart print ad)
Joy is a popular mistress of ceremonies and keynote speaker. She has been pursued by professional/social groups, youth groups, conferences, workshops, seminar, public school systems, and business agencies. She lectures/speaks on a number of motivational, practical topics and her messages are tailored to fit specific audiences. She has brought encouragement, hope, insight, and affirmative change to the lives of individuals across the world.
She and her husband Glynn have a blended family and are the proud parents of four boys and ‘Kookie” and Pawpaw” to two granddaughters and four grandsons.
- Joy Harris holds a Bachelor of Art in Organizational Management and a Masters of Art in Mental Health Counseling
- She is enrolled in the Counseling Education and Supervision PhD program at University of Cumberland
- She is trained in Gottman Couples Method (Levels 1 & 2 )and has conducted countless marriage/family and conflict resolution workshops
- She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trauma therapy
- She has also taught court-approved evidence-based parenting classes
- She is a Licensed Mental Health Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisory status and also a National Board Certified Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselor
Wal-Mart, Community Action, Urban League, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement, Professional Women’s Forum, YMCA Black Achievers, Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Kentucky Counseling Association, Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice, religious organizations, University of Kentucky, Georgetown College, Berea College and Gear Up Kentucky.
- Bluegrass Alliance Securing our Future Together For Woman Impact Award, Bluegrass Alliance for Women Impact Awards are granted annually to one woman from each of the seventeen counties in the Bluegrass Area Development District (BGADD) who has made a strong commitment to improving the lives of women and girls within the BGADD. These awards bring recognition to women who are empowering women and girls in their communities
- Volunteer of the Year YMCA, For her volunteer work with the YMCA of Central Kentucky Black Achievers Program. This program is a college and career readiness program for students in grades 6-12, designed to help youth of color set and pursue higher educational and career goals.
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Spirit of Ivy Award, Each year the awards honor outstanding women in the Lexington community who exemplify the spirit of the ivy – strength and endurance.