noun. One who facilitates leadership experiences for Ariel. synonyms; thought leader, guide, guru.

Joel Gluck

Joel Gluck

Cambridge, MA


  • US Northeast


Joel leverages his unique background in business, the arts, and psychology to deliver powerful insights for his clients. With his deep knowledge of the actor’s skill set, Joel has an exceptional ability to help clients communicate with clarity, warmth, and passion.

Since 1994, Joel has coached clients on five continents, including leaders of nonprofits and major multinational companies. As a coach he has specialized in management consulting, finance, and technology, with a particular focus on leadership presence and behavioral change.

Joel is also a trained therapist and has published numerous articles and chapters on the use of the arts for personal growth and development.

Training experience

Joel facilitates trainings for leaders in the context of executive education, management consulting, financial services, technology, and consumer goods industries, among others. His extensive list of clients includes: American Express, KPMG, AT&T, Liberty Mutual, Booz Allen Hamilton, Lidl, CVS, MassMutual, Ernst & Young, Pfizer, General Electric, Procter&Gamble,  Google, Prudential, HBS/Harvard Executive Education, PwC, Harvard Medical School, Zebra

Business experience

Prior to his career as an Ariel coach, Joel studied computer science at MIT. This academic background led to his establishing a software company, whose primary initial focus was the creation and development of interactive financial systems—specifically mortgage-backed security and options trading platforms—for a number of Wall Street’s largest institutions.

Theater experience

Joel has extensive theatrical bona fides as well, having directed and performed in professional theater productions across North America. His work has taken him to renowned venues such as La MaMa in New York City, Highways in Los Angeles, and Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. These diverse experiences have provided Joel with valuable insights into the skills actors use to connect with and inspire their audiences, as well as specific techniques for improving communication and confidence through working with the body, voice, breath, intention, energy, and improvisation.

Education and credentials

  • BA in Literature and Writing from Columbia University
  • Professional Acting, Directing, and Playwriting Intensive Program at Trinity Rep Conservatory
  • MEd in Drama Therapy Studies from Lesley University

Sample coaching assignments

Helped the CEO of a metals trading company in Asia improve his confidence when presenting to potential investors, as well as achieve greater calm in high- stress situations.

Worked with the COO of a prominent Boston-area media company on increasing gravitas and ability to connect, build relationships, and inspire people throughout the organization.

Helped a Partner and Managing Director of a worldwide management consulting firm to be aware of and compensate for his tendency toward shyness and introversion. This allowed him to better reach out to clients in first meetings and social situations.