Most of Dr. Freeman's work is behind closed
doors with 12-18 people in a corporate
boardroom. He also works one-on-one, coaching
entrepreneurs, executives, professional athletes, Heads of
State and entertainers. As retired pastor (18
years), former NBA chaplain (19 years) and
entrepreneur...Joel has a wealth of experience under his belt.
Very little shocks him about the ups and the
downs of relationships in any organization. It is a rare opportunity
to tap into the brain trust of Freeman's wisdom in an open-registration
Accomplished author. Internationally sought-after conference
speaker and workshop facilitator. Professional counselor.
Success coach to executives. Behavioral analyst.
Organizational culture change specialist. Corporate
trainer. Motivational consultant and mentor to pro
athletes. Multiculturally astute, with travels to 50+
countries. Critical Incident Debriefing coach. Photographer.
Award-winning film maker. Passionate about dynamic,
fun-filled excellence. Devoted husband and father.
Off-key singer and extremely bad dancer. A life
motivated by curiosity. No Bull. No Hype.
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Born in Maine (1954) and
raised in a small town in Alberta, Canada, Joel A. Freeman
brings a rich reservoir of personal experience blended with
contagious enthusiasm, clarity and down to earth humor to
empower people from diverse walks of life with improved
communication skills and maximized productivity. "Dealing
With People Who Drive You Crazy!"® is not only the brand
for his company, but also is the title of the most requested
seminar experience... with a book in the works.
Joel's six bestselling
books are currently in 28 foreign translation editions endorsed by
Steve Forbes, Bill Cosby, Brian Tracy, Les Brown, Ken Blanchard,
Cathy Hughes, Ben Carson, Teri Woods, Billy Graham and Julius Erving.
19 wonderful seasons Freeman served as veteran
mentor/chaplain for NBA’s Washington Bullets / Wizards
('79-'98). Quite a number of pro athletes from basketball and hockey to
football and baseball have consulted with him on a variety
of personal and
professional matters. He has served as mentor to Sports
World ('98-'04), an organization with 13-15 ex-pro athletes who
speak to close to a million young people every year. Freeman
is a Diplomate member of the National
Institute of Sports Professionals (NISP).
Listed in Marquis Who's Who
in the World, Dr. Freeman holds a master of science degree
in the field of counseling from Loyola College (Baltimore) and also
a Ph.D. in the same discipline. A number of his Ancient Egyptian
photographs have been published by McGraw-Hill, Teaching and
Learning, Rosh Gadol (Israeli science magazine for kids), the
Pharaoh's Curse video game and utilized in countless
A seasoned, well-traveled veteran,
Joel has an impressive list of satisfied clients ranging from the
Prime Minister of Grenada and senior officials of Barbados to E!
Entertainment Television, Blacks In Government (BIG), NASA, Verizon,
FBI, GE, EMI Music Group, Ikea, Young Presidents Club (YPO), National Security Agency, NIH,
Association of International Schools of Africa (AISA), US Sentencing
Commission, Billboard Music Group, Black Public Relations Society,
European Council of International Schools (ECIS), many pro athletes
and executives around the globe.
In 1980, Dr. Freeman
initiated the idea for The Shepherd's Guide, a comprehensive directory of
values-centered businesses in Baltimore. Today, under the
guidance of Doug Scheidt (owner and president), 3.5 million
copies of The Shepherd’s Guide are distributed
annually. With more than 30,000 advertisers represented, the directories are now available for free in
125 different cities across the U.S.A., Canada and Puerto
Rico. For a number of years Dr. Freeman served as business mentor and
chaplain to the franchisees of The Shepherd’s Guide.
Dr. Freeman also functions as the founder of The Freeman
Institute® Foundation. -- The Foundation facilitates the donation of a number of resources, including the
award-wining Return To Glory film (and other resources) to
prisons, jails, juvenile detention facilities and schools
in America. Recently the film (Return To Glory) was translated into French,
Portuguese and Spanish. This translation work
will permit the Foundation to donate copies of the DVD
across Africa, parts of Europe and South America and the
Caribbean. Future plans include utilizing The
Freeman Institute® Black History Collection to set up Black
History galleries in many major cities across
America and also in selected cities internationally.
been quoted or written about in many articles and periodicals
including: Washington Times, Maryland Gazette, Loyola Magazine,
Diversity, Inc., JobWeek, Atlanta Constitution-Journal, New York
Times, York Daily Record, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, NBA News
and many others.
a member of the Association for the Promotion of Campus
Activities (APCA) Dr. Freeman loves doing presentations on
college campuses on various topics: the entrepreneurial
journey, leadership, multicultural competency, emotional
intelligence in corporate life, and more...
A number of years ago, Joel promised his children that when
they reach the age of fifteen each one could go anywhere in the world with
him, which included trips to: Israel, UK, Egypt, Italy,
France, Vatican City, Monaco, Hawaii, Australia and Barbados.
Freeman says, "No
matter where I travel, the human experience is similar and
familiar. Parents want their children to receive a good
education and marry a fine match. People of all nations
yearn for the same things: economic independence, safety,
and basic human rights."
A student of human
behavior, Joel gets great delight out of watching
"the lights go on" as people of all shapes,
sizes, and colors increase the quality of their
understanding about themselves and others. Freeman,
his wife (Shirley) and his four children (David, Jacob, Shari,
Jesse) reside in Maryland.