National speaker and humorist
Joel Zeff (j'90) is a dynamic speaker, improvisational humorist and author. Since 1997, Zeff has inspired audiences from Wells Fargo to Samsung to KPMG and even the IRS. Through humor, Joel helps his audience focus and work together as a team; communicate effectively; positively support each other; and take responsibility.
He started his professional career as a newspaper journalist and public relations executive. In 1994, Zeff went out on his own as corporate communications specialist. He helped clients with their employee communications, media relations, strategy and customer marketing. Throughout the consulting process, Zeff realized his clients – many of them high-level technology and telecommunications firms – needed more than marketing and public relations strategy. Many of his clients’ employees were starving for fun, passion and new perspective on finding success.
Zeff is the author of “Make the Right Choice,” which encourages readers to live a more creative, passionate, and productive life.
When he is not speaking, Zeff expresses his creativity as an actor, writer and comedian. He started performing professionally in 1992. In Dallas, he was co-host of The Movie Zone on UPN 21. He has appeared in dozens of commercials for numerous clients, including the Dallas Cowboys, Harrah's Casino, Mydiscountbroker.com, Time Warner Cable, Pizza Hut, McDonald's, Eagle Country Markets, and Extraco Bank. He has appeared in hundreds of corporate videos and has appeared on shows from CNBC’s The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch to the Fox Network’s Fox and Friends Weekend. His articles have been featured in The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle, The Kansas City Star, among many other mainstream media outlets.