“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead
Joy Stephan helps clients build engagement strategies and programs with social impact. She loves connecting people to causes they care about and specializes in building partnerships that strengthen work cultures, communities and brands.
As Founder of 20Chairs, she partners with executives, specialists and community stakeholders to negotiate, build, measure and scale five-to-seven figure strategic partnerships. Companies benefit from energized employees and strengthened communities at work and in the world.
As a grantmaker, Joy guided millions of dollars to support education, health, social service and cultural organizations. 10,000 new volunteers served organizations through her leadership. Partnerships between Fidelity Investments and Teach for America, the American Film Institute and American Express, and others thrived under her guidance.
The Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals (ACCP), Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), and Charities@Work regularly invite Joy’s training and thought leadership on employee engagement, effective cross-sector partnerships, board development and more.
Joy earned a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Change Management from The New School for Management and Urban Policy and is a Syracuse University graduate. Whether working with senior leaders or communities in need, Joy makes participation meaningful, purposeful and fun.
In her free time, Joy enjoys entertaining on her roof deck, traveling (she’s driven across the USA and visited most of the states including Alaska and Hawaii), and playing fetch with her dog Kismet.
“Joy is a breath of fresh air…She brings ideas and innovative thinking to the table – both which are absolutely necessary in today’s fast-changing world.” ~Linda N. Spencer
“Joy is innately creative, deeply insightful, and acutely aware of the changing political, economic, and social forces that continuously shape organizational behavior.” ~Sheila Cavanaugh
As an industry expert, Joy was recently quoted in CNBC’s July 2015 article “Why Charity is the new, hot marketing tool”