HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Joann S. Lublin

Pulitzer Prize Winner, Among First Female Reporters at The Wall Street Journal, & Author of Acclaimed Leadership Book Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World


  • Leadership Lessons From Top Executive Women
  • Earning Greater Pay, Credibility and Power
  • How Successful Women Cope with Crises
  • Strategies to Land and Flourish on a Corporate Board
  • Returning It: Ways That Women At All Levels Can Help Other Women
  • Suite Success: Women’s Impact on Upper Management


New Jersey

Lublin is available for speaking engagements starting early Summer 2018.

Joann S. Lublin is management news editor for The Wall Street Journal. She works with reporters in the U.S. and abroad to conceptualize and organize coverage of management and workplace issues. Lublin covers issues such as corporate governance, executive compensation, recruiting and succession and writes stories on these topics, mainly for the Journal’s front page and Business and Finance section. She assumed her duties in December 2002. In October 2016, Lublin’s book Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World (Harper Business) debuted.

In Earning It, Lublin combines her fascinating story with insightful tales from more than fifty women who reached the highest rungs of the corporate ladder—most of whom became chief executives of public companies —in industries as diverse as retailing, manufacturing, finance, high technology, publishing, advertising, automobiles, and pharmaceuticals. The extraordinary women we meet in the pages of Earning It and the hard-won lessons they share provide a compelling career compass that will help all women reach their highest potential without losing a meaningful personal life.

Lublin long served as contributing editor of the Journal's annual special section on executive pay and still helps coordinate coverage of its yearly CEO pay survey. She previously was responsible for career coverage and oversaw weekly Career Journal pages.

In July 1971, Lublin joined the Journal as a reporter in San Francisco and transferred to Chicago in September 1973. She moved to Washington in April 1979, where she covered labor issues, housing and urban affairs and other beats. Named news editor of the Journal's London bureau in January 1987, she became its deputy bureau chief in 1988.

She transferred to New York in August 1990 as a senior special writer covering management. In August 1992, she became deputy management editor. In July 1993, she created the Journal’s “Managing Your Career” column. Between August 1992 and November 1995, she also helped edit enterprise articles and oversaw small-business coverage.

In September 1998, Lublin helped initiate the Journal's Your Career Matters page, later renamed Career Journal. She resumed writing the “Managing Your Career” column in April 2000 and became career news editor in July 2000. Her current advice column, called “Your Executive Career,” launched in August 2010 and appears every month.

In 2003, Lublin was a member of a Journal team awarded the Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting for a series of stories that exposed corporate scandals, bringing them to life in compelling narratives.

In 2002, she received a Newswomen’s Club of New York Front Page Award in the general business category for her front-page story, “Uneasy Money – What’s Wrong? Deadbeat CEOs Plague Firms As Economy and Markets Roil.” That same year, she received the PRO Award from the International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruitment in recognition of her distinguished journalism career and consistent and significant contribution to the understanding of human-resources issues through her reporting on management issues.

In 1979, she received a distinguished contribution award in the American Psychological Foundation's National Media Awards Program. The San Francisco Press Club and the National Society for Medical Research have also honored her journalistic work.

Lublin frequently appears on TV and at conferences to discuss leadership, executive pay and corporate governance.

Her freelance articles have appeared in The Atlantic,  Columbia Journalism Review, Ms., Juris Doctor, Family Health, Seventeen and California Living magazines. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Lublin earned a bachelor's degree in journalism with honors from Northwestern University. She received a master's degree in communications from Stanford University.


Praise for Earning It: 

Lublin and the women she spoke to are insightful about their good choices and frank about their mistakes, which makes this essential reading for anyone who has a job, with illuminating stories and practical advice on every page.”
— Nell Minow, Vice Chair, ValueEdge Advisors

“Lublin provides important insights from more than 50 successful women executives, providing practical advise for future executives. I will make sure all three of my daughters read it.”
— Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr., professor, Northwestern Kellogg School of Management; former chair and CEO, Baxter International; and best-selling author, From Values To Action and Becoming the Best

“Every woman can rise. Reflect on down to earth advice from those who have blazed the trail.”
— Ram Charan, coauthor of the bestselling book Execution the Discipline of Getting Things Done, and author of The Attackers Advantage

“Deeply personal stories of top female CEOs and advice make Earning It a must read for women at all stages-and for men who want to help women succeed. Lengthy and loud applause for Lublin and these CEOs for sharing so much to help others.”
— Dr. Dee Soder, Founder,CEO Perspective Group

“In breadth and depth, nothing can match Joann’s work on what it takes for women to climb to corporate heights in America. Her learnings from these 52 remarkable leaders are stories of defiance, resilience and courage. Joann’s own life experiences enrich these stories. Very inspiring for all!”
— Fred Hassan: Managing Director, Warburg Pincus. Former Chairman and CEO, Schering-Plough Corp., (2003-2009), Former Chairman and CEO, Pharmacia (2000-2003), Former CEO, Pharmacia and Upjohn (1997-2000)

“The women interviewed here, many of whom report similar obstacles, come across as trailblazers who have showed great courage in the face of great odds…. readers looking for stories from women who have succeeded in spite of sexism will find a plethora here.”
— Publishers Weekly

“Funny and informative for any aspiring executive.”
— Fortune

“Taken one chapter at a time, this is a very engaging work of journalism, rich with anecdotes that will enjoy many repeat appearances on the lecture circuit. In its totality, though, the book is something bigger. It’s a work of history, reminding us how far we’ve come in the past 40 years, and how much more work is left to be done.”
— Forbes

“Like being at the ultimate career conference.”
— Cosmopolitan

“Prepare to be inspired--and impressed.”
— Working Mother

“[Earning It] offers fresh insights into women in the workforce.”
— Booklist

“Lessons are to be learned, but Lublin, a first-rate writer, makes the stories of this “unique elite” a pleasure to read.”
— Success

“What makes this book different is the many personal stories about work challenges that she has uncovered from senior women. It is helpful to hear that you are not alone in struggling and that problems may be blips rather than catastrophes.”
— Financial Times