Full of JOY
Joy Harris graduated from Midway College with a Bachelor of Art in Organizational Management (with honors and was a candidate for the President’s Award) and continued her education by graduating (with highest honors) from Asbury Theological Seminary with a Masters of Art in Mental Health Counseling.
For more than 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. As a radio personality, Joy is a popular mistress of ceremonies and keynote speaker.
She is a certified John Maxwell Coach and Speaker and an experienced inspirational speaker and teacher. She encourages others to embrace the gift of inner-greatness by challenging them to seek and live a purpose-filled life. Joy empowers others to be all they have been predestined to be as they walk in purpose and destiny.
Joy is pursued by professional and social groups (Community Action, Urban League, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement, Professional Women’s Forum), youth groups (YMCA, Black Achievers), conferences (Ending Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence, Kentucky Counseling Association), workshops (statewide Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice), seminars (religious organizations), public/private school systems (University of Kentucky, Georgetown College, Berea College, GEAR Up Kentucky) and business agencies (Wal-Mart).
Joy lectures/speaks on a wide variety of motivational, practical topics and her message is customized to fit specific audiences. She has brought encouragement, hope, insight, and affirmative change to the lives of individuals around the world.
She has traveled internationally to Japan and Haiti to share hope by distributing needed resources to meet the basic needs of the native population. She also teaches life-skills and provides brief cognitive and behavioral therapy. Joy participates extensively in the community – volunteering with unwed mothers, at-risk and low-income youth and college students. She has been recognized many times, receiving awards for her volunteer work (Volunteer of the Year YMCA, Bluegrass Alliance Securing our Future Together For Woman Impact Award, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Spirit of Ivy Award, nominated for radio host of the year by the Rhythm of Gospel Music Awards).
Joy is also a licensed mental health professional clinical counselor with supervisory privileges in the state of Kentucky. Joy is also a national board certified counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trauma therapy and she was trained in Gottman Couples Method (Levels 1 & 2).
In 2012, Joy wrote and produced her first play titled “Coming up Deeper,” which was presented in front of more 500 attendees. She also hosted a “Coming up Deeper” women’s conference with a focus on hope and wholeness bringing awareness to mental health and suicide prevention.
Joy is the author of “Authentic Joy: Finding True Joy in a Compromising World.” She has co-authored her second book titled “Embracing You" with Angela Roberts, an excellent informational resource for parents and perfect for a pre-teen/young adult. This easy read informs, challenges and empowers the reader as they journey to Embrace You and live to their full potential. Previously, Joy served as a contributing writer in several independent published magazines and the book Inspired Women Succeed and has been featured in or on the cover of multiple magazines and Vogue Magazine (December 2005, Wal-Mart print ad).
She and her husband Glynn have a blended family and are the proud parents of four boys and “Kookie” and “Pawpaw” to six granddaughters and five grandsons.