Joyce Conley, Ph.D.
CEO, The Change Companies®
Joyce is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience in leadership in government, private sector and academic settings. She served 20 years with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons, culminating with her role as Assistant Director of the Correctional Programs Division. In that capacity, she directed all critical inmate management and program functions for the entire Bureau, including re-entry initiatives, case management, delivery of mental health and religious services, community corrections, intelligence and counter-terrorism initiatives, security and emergency planning, inmate transportation and oversight of private and contract correctional facilities.
Prior to joining The Change Companies in September 2011, Joyce served as Program Development Director with G4S Americas and was a leader in the Global G4S Care and Justice arena.
Joyce began her career in corrections as a pre-doctoral intern on the forensic unit at Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk, California, followed by a position as Clinical Psychologist at Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail. Her experience with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons began in 1989 as Clinical Psychologist and, later, Chief Psychologist at the Metropolitan Detention Center, Los Angeles. Joyce served in positions of increasing responsibility in the Bureau of Prisons' Central Office and correctional facilities, including Associate Warden at Butner, North Carolina, and Terre Haute, Indiana, and Warden at Beckley, West Virginia.
As a member of the U.S. delegation to the G8 Lyon-Roma Anti-Crime and Terrorism Group meetings, Joyce served as lead for the G8 Terrorist Recruitment in Prisons project, developing and conducting international surveys, chairing meetings of international experts in Moscow and Berlin and creating a Best Practices document adopted by the G8 Heads of Delegation. She recently was a guest speaker at the Sino-U.S. Seminar on Corrections and Harmony in Society in Chang-Sha, China, at the International Symposium on Improving Public Safety in Ottawa, Canada, and at the International Corrections and Prisons Association Annual Conferences in Barbados and Belgium.
Joyce has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, as well as a Ph.D. in music theory from Ohio State University. She has been a training faculty member for the National Institute of Corrections Executive Leadership for Women Program and has trained and spoken extensively to correctional audiences on emotional intelligence and correctional leadership, as well as on security-threat groups and terrorist recruitment in prisons.
As CEO of The Change Companies®, Joyce brings her strategic, innovative and team-focused approach to this organization and the populations it serves. She is excited to continue fostering a sense of empowerment and commitment to positive behavior change in order to reinforce the mission of The Change Companies®.