The International Society of Female Professionals Recognizes Joyce Wilson-Sanford


Joyce Wilson-Sanford has more than 25 years of professional experience in progressive and bold global Organizational Development work at the C-Suite level. Joyce is currently retired after her most recent role as Executive Vice President Of Strategic Organizational Development with The Delhaize Group, now Ahold. In that position, she designed succession planning, created a high potential global program, and instituted a global leadership college. She was integral to acquisition work, as well as cultural due diligence and synergy work. Joyce executed self-managed leadership development groups as well as introduced OD principles, values, and methods across nine companies as well as developed over twenty-five CEOs.

Joyce thrived in her career by way of natural progression, one role to the next, and because she has a passion for what she does. She is now a coach for OD professionals working within large companies to do high impact and effective work. Joyce has a master’s degree in Organizational Development and studied at DePauw University and the University of Illinois.

In the next few years, Joyce plans to continue to make a difference in her field by consulting, mentoring, and sharing her experiences and areas of expertise. She has two books in draft, ​OD Maven​ and ​CEO Note to Self: The Blind Spots of Power​ Joyce and a colleague share a Podcast about their OD/HR success, failures, methods and hacks called bobnjoycebobnjoyce.

Joyce bases her success on her passion for OD, her resilience, and her overall hard work as well as the luck of working with talented people. She is committed to the field of OD seeing it as an essential discipline for the re-imagination and design of new structures for institutions that no longer work. Wilson-Sanford believes OD teaches democracy and the power of inclusion.

Joyce also explores the changing religious landscape of religion and has two published books in this arena: ​I Pray Anyway: ​Devotions​ for the Ambivalent​ and a workshop discussion guide for the book, ​I Pray Anyway – A Playbook available on Amazon​.