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Joanna Dodd Massey, Ph.D., MBA

President & CEO, JDMA

EXPERTISE : Communications & Social Psychology

  • Media, Psychology, Entertainment, Social Media, Crisis Communications, Corporate Culture, Employee Engagement, Workplace Wellbeing, Press, Digital Media, Print, Magazines, Television, Streaming, Film, Leadership, Board of Directors, C-Suite, Executives, Fortune 500, Fortune 100, Nonprofits, Author

Culture Shock: Surviving Five Generations in One Workplace


With more than 25 years of experience in the media industry at companies, such as Condé Nast, Lionsgate, CBS, Viacom, Discovery and Hasbro, Joanna Dodd Massey, Ph.D., MBA is an experienced C-level communications executive and Board Director. She has managed brand reputation, corporate turnaround, crisis communications, culture transformation, and multi-million-dollar P&Ls. She is also a Doctor of Psychology, which she uses to advise companies and executive teams on all matters relating to change management, especially communicating with Millennial and Gen Z employees, consumers and investors.


She currently serves as President & CEO of the consulting firm, J.D. Massey Associates, Inc. (JDMA). Dr. Massey is also a corporate speaker and trainer, as well as author of the books, Communicating During a Crisis: Influencing Others When the Stakes Are High and Culture Shock: Surviving Five Generations in One Workplace. In addition, Dr. Massey is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, where she teaches a masters-level course in corporate communications.


As a Board Director, Dr. Massey is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and currently serves on the Advisory Boards of 8B Education Investments, a financial startup; and The Resolution Project, a nonprofit that funds and mentors undergraduate entrepreneurs with businesses that do social good. Formerly, she served on the Board of Directors of The Resolution Project as a member of the Audit committee, the University of Southern California New York Alumni Club as a member of the Executive Board, and Colors LGBTQ Youth Counseling Services.


Dr. Massey is also an angel investor who advises female entrepreneurs on all aspects of seed funding. She previously served as a Managing Director at Golden Seeds, an early-stage female-led investment firm with more than $125 million in total investments in over 170 female run businesses, and she is a member of the Angel Capital Association.


Dr. Massey holds four graduate degrees in both business and psychology, and she is a member of the American Psychological Association.