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Founder of Joanne Rencher & Associates LLC, Joanne ("Jo") Rencher is an innovative entrepreneur and trailblazer. In addition to having run a successful HR consulting firm, she has worked at the C-level for major conglomerates, iconic nonprofits, social entrepreneurs, and in developing countries. Her career includes several "firsts": the first Chief Business and Talent Officer for the Girl Scouts; the first Chief People Officer for the American Red Cross in Greater New York; and she was recruited to build the first Global HR Unit, ultimately leading a matrixed team on 4 continents (6 countries) for the first public-private partnership to work on a vaccine for the AIDS virus--the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. Jo began her career in the financial services industry for a GE Capital bond insurance business, where she won several leadership awards. She won GetFive's HR Hero Award for Outstanding Mentorship and hosted a weekly podcast entitled #RealTalk About the Workplace.  More than a motivational speaker, Jo operates motivationally. She is often described as a 'leader’s leader’. She believes part of her calling is to encourage and inspire others on route to their destinies.

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