HR Mavericks

HR Maverick

Joanna Cocco Kemper

Joanna Cocco Kemper

Joanna Cocco Kemper is a bilingual, English and Spanish, leadership coach, speaker and facilitator passionate about guiding powerhouse leaders in creating inclusive work environments based on authenticity and courage. Joanna has over 20 years of experience in the corporate human resources sector and a Masters in Human Resources. She is skilled at elevating leaders, encouraging leadership vulnerability and building strategies and systems that strengthen and develop leaders and teams. Combining her experience and Masters in Human Resources, Joanna guides powerhouse leaders through self-discovery of their strengths and performance gaps so together they can create a success strategy for themselves and the people they lead. With energy, authenticity and accountability, Joanna accelerates business growth and leadership development. A proud Latina, Joanna was born and raised in New York City while maintaining her heritage from the Dominican Republic. During her leisure time, Joanna enjoys making memories with her family, listening to music and making delicious food in Cincinnati, Ohio. Joanna is a board member and executive committee member of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati, a LuminaryxAMEX Fellow, a member of Prospanica, SHRM, CincySHRM and provides Human Resources support to her local church. She’s presented and facilitated leadership development topics at corporations such as Sunglass Hut, US Radiology Group (FLAME), Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann Law Firm, Prospanica's Leadership Summit, Stanford University and has been featured in Diversity Crew’s State of DEI event, LuvvNation and the Center for Women & Enterprise. Learn more about Joanna and her experience at

What words of advice and encouragement would you give to someone just starting out in HR?

Lead with authenticity and be radical in how HR shows up for humans at work.