Career Expert

Joan Runnheim Olson is the career management expert for high-achieving professionals who want to maximize career success and satisfaction.  As a certified career coach, Joan Runnheim Olson has established her presence as a career expert by two of the heavy-hitters in the global job board industry- CareerBuilder and Monster. Joan has been quoted and published in numerous print and online media, including contributing to two career books, "WorkSmarts: Be a Winner on the Job" and "The Twitter Job Search Guide." She also authored an ebook, "Get a Job, Keep a Job, or Move Up- faster!"


Joan founded her company, Pathways Career Success Strategies, LLC, over a decade ago. She has been dedicated to helping thousands of career-minded professionals gain clarity, confidence, focus, and momentum to achieve their career goals faster. She exudes energy, optimism, and a passion to inspire others to set and achieve desired career goals. Recognized as a glass half-full type person, she not only enables clients to see what is possible, but also helps them to set a plan of action, manage it from day to day, and keep accountable and on track with their goals.


Joan earned a Master of Science degree from University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI. She also received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Senario College. Joan has earned numerous coaching credentials and is an ICF Coach Trainer.

Nontraditional Careers Expert


Joan Runnheim Olson is founder of Pathways Career Success Strategies, LLC and provides one-on-one career coaching and workshop training. For nearly 15 years, Joan has worked in various venues to encourage nontraditional career paths for males and females. As a project coordinator for a Dept. of Labor grant, she moved more women into the auto service industry as auto service technicians, aka mechanics and service advisers. As an assessment/placement specialist for a pre-apprenticeship training program for women, Joan helped women break into and succeed in male-dominated jobs in the trades. 

Joan presents workshops, keynotes, and break-out sessions throughout the U.S. to secondary and postsecondary educators, administrators, counselors, student support services staff and others providing strategies to recruit and retain students in classes and programs which prepare them for nontraditional careers. She also presents workshops and coordinates events for students to raise awareness of the many benefits of nontraditional careers. 

For 7+ years, Joan served as a career expert to Monster.com for several message boards including “Women in Nontraditional Careers,” “Women at Work” and “Managing and Leading Others.” She is an independent career coach and coach trainer. Joan is a contributor to “WorkSmarts: Be a Winner on the Job” with a chapter titled, “Time for a Change? Why Not Consider a Nontraditional Career?” which was published in 2012.

Joan earned a Master of Science degree from University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menominee, WI. She also received a Bachelor of Science from Mount Senario College in Ladysmith, WI. Joan’s certifications include: ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC), Certified Leadership & Talent Management Coach (CLTMC), Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC), Certified Five O’Clock Club Career Coach, and Certified 360Reach Analyst..




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ICF Associate Coach (ACC)


Certified Leadership & Talent Management Coach


Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC)


Certified Career Development Coach


Certified 360Reach Analyst





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