Joann S. Lublin long served as management news editor for The Wall Street Journal. She worked with reporters to conceptualize and organize coverage of management and workplace issues. She covered corporate governance, executive pay, management recruiting and succession. In addition, she launched the Journal’s first career advice column. Lublin is also the author of Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World (Harper Business). Her new book, Power Moms: How Executive Mothers Navigate Work and Life (Harper Business), published in February 2021.
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 frequently appears on TV and at conferences to discuss leadership, executive pay and corporate governance.
In July 1971, Lublin joined the Journal as a reporter in San Francisco and transferred to Chicago in 1973. In 1979, she moved to Washington. Her beats included labor issues and housing and urban affairs. Named news editor of the Journal's London bureau in 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.
In September 1998, Lublin helped initiate the Journal's Your Career Matters page. Her “Your Executive Career” column, launched in August 2010, appeared until May 2020.
In 2003, Lublin was a member of a Journal team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for stories that exposed corporate scandals. In 2018, she won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Loeb Awards, the highest honor in business journalism.
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 Joann Lublin:
“Our Women’s and Working Parents and Caregivers Employee Resource Groups thoroughly enjoyed hearing from “Power Mom” herself, Joann Lublin. The hour-long session was packed with ideas and inspiration that particularly resonated with our young women leaders who found some comfort in learning that highly successful female executives went through the same challenges they are experiencing today and persevered. The best takeaways – 1) you are not alone in your struggles and 2) you can make your own decisions about what’s right for you and your family. There are solutions and options to craft an easier path to leadership for working moms, thanks in a large part to the women leaders who came before them.”
-- Shannon Lapierre, VP Communication and Chief Communication Officer, Stanley Black & Decker
“Thank you again for an engaging conversation around Power Moms! Your thoughtful discussion sparked dialogue and inspiration for many around the concept of ‘sway’ and key learnings from your book. Hundreds of people attended the event, which is amazing.”
-- Angie Hu, Synchrony Financial
“Thanks a million for joining us for the fireside chat! I’m receiving numerous emails and texts from grateful colleagues. They loved it! The mix of human stories and data from your interviews were a winning combination in the eyes of our employees.”
-- Stacey M. Tank, Chief Transformation Officer, Heineken NV
"Joann, thank you for your wisdom and encouragement during our Maven session. We ended up with more than 600 registrants and nearly 300 joining live, a fantastic showing. I think the audience especially resonated with your advice around navigating some of the thorniest aspects of parenting and work — the 'sandwich method' was certainly a crowd favorite."
--Zack Newick, Client Marketing, Maven Clinic
"Thank you so much for joining us, Joann, and for sharing Power Moms pearls of wisdom with S&P Global. We had an exceptionally strong turnout for our event, which speaks to the way these insights resonate with all of our colleagues as we look to support working parents."
-- S&P Global
"I want to say a huge THANK YOU for the webcast today! This webcast is one of the best so far that I have joined since joining Accenture last year in January. I am also a mom of 3 and work life balance is very difficult to manage. This really put things into perspective for me and I feel like topics were covered that are very relevant to today’s ways of working. So THANK you!"
Praise for Power Moms:
"Joann Lublin helps unravel the myth of having it all and reminds working moms to embrace the messy realities of work/life balance. It’s a fantastic case study of working women.”
-- Meg Whitman, former CEO of Quibi, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Hewlett-Packard
”Power Moms releases us working mothers from the guilt of outdated roles and unrealistic expectations. Most important, Lublin empowers us with the stories of incredible female leaders.”
-- Sarah Alter, CEO and president of Network of Executive Women
“Power Moms is a must read for the next generation of business leaders and working moms and moms-to-be. Yes, the world has changed for young women balancing motherhood and business. But Power Moms illustrates how much further we have to go so that women and men can raise their children well while carving out successful careers.”
-- Abbe Raven, former CEO and acting chairman, A+E Networks
”Powerful women aren’t yet powerful enough because they still face obstacles their male counterparts don’t, such as the motherhood pay gap and unequal division of labor in the home. That’s both unfair and costly, not only to the individual women who suffer unjustly but also to families, communities, businesses, and society. Thanks to Joann Lublin for her gripping account of the real lives of today’s executive mothers and her practical recommendations for our movement to an egalitarian world.”
-- Stewart D. Friedman, Professor Emeritus of Management Practice, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and author of the bestsellers Total Leadership and Leading the Life You Want and co-author of Parents Who Lead
“There is no person better qualified to opine on this subject than Joann Lublin. Through her career at the Wall Street Journal, she has developed an unparalleled understanding of the world of work as seen through the eyes of highly successful women. As a devoted journalist, wife, and mother, she has a deep and visceral understanding of the dance required to raise a family and navigate one’s career journey through that world of work. As a society, we can do better, and Joann helps us see how.”
-- Doug Conant, founder, ConantLeadership; former CEO, Campbell Soup Company; New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author
Power Moms was named a top book for February 2021 by Financial Times.
Power Moms was named as one of best books for working moms in 2021 by Working Mother.
Praise for Earning It:
“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
“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.”
“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.”
“Like being at the ultimate career conference.”
“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