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

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. She wrote stories on these topics, mainly for the Journal’s front page and Business & Tech section, and continues to write a career advice column for the Journal. She is the 2018 recipient of the Gerald Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award. Lublin is also the author of Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World (Harper Business). Her popular book, published in late 2016, reflects interviews with 52 high-level executives. Most are experienced public company CEOs.

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.

In 2007, she was a finalist for a Loeb Award, the highest honor in business journalism. In 2003, Lublin was a member of a Journal team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for stories that exposed corporate scandals.

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 S. Lublin:

“Joann is a dynamic speaker who really understands today's working women - regardless of generation. She is well prepared, engaging and personable. We were happy to hire her to speak to our executive level women's group and found her presentation (and book!) impactful.”
--Caitlin Pusateri, Vice President, Leadership Development, Rockford Chamber of Commerce

"Thank you so much for your incredible talk today! The stories you shared truly brought the Imposter Syndrome to life while also giving tangible tools for overcoming it. Our Fellows and Mentor Coaches told me how much they loved learning from you."
--Marianna Tu, Chief Executive Officer, America Needs You

"We are so grateful for your participation in our 5th Annual Women's Empowerment Day at Saint Peter's University yesterday. Your presentation was excellent, and truly inspired our students, alumni, staff and guests in attendance. Thank you for sharing your own personal stories of overcoming challenges in your industry as well as the stories of the powerful women featured in "Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World." We appreciate the time you took to autograph your books for our guests and thank you for providing such a powerful presentation for our event and our audience."
--St. Peter's 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