Joan frequently speaks at non-profit organizations, women’s organizations, and universities on the history of the women’s movement, women’s rights, philanthropy, and race, including talks on race and rights in the suffrage movement, inequality in a movement for equality, and the power of philanthropy. Joan has delivered keynote addresses, public lectures, and participated on a variety of panels.

Philanthropy and Fund-raising organizations including the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, Indiana University, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indianapolis; the Women’s Impact Network, Duke University, Durham, NC; the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis; Association of Fundraising Professionals Development Day, Chicago; Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee; The Alumnae of Northwestern University; Women’s Philanthropy Council, University of Wisconsin; Chicago Foundation for Women; Women in Development Professions, Chicago; Chicago Women in Philanthropy

Universities including Vanderbilt University; Northern Illinois University; Purdue University Northwest; Western New England University Law Symposium; University of San Diego; Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, Loyola University, Chicago, IL

Museums, Historical Societies and Clubs including the National Archives, Washington, DC; Naper Settlement History Speaks Series,  Stanford Historical Society, Indiana Historical Society, Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, Oak Park, Illinois; Susan B. Anthony House Museum; Women’s Museum of California, San Diego, CA; Evanston Women’s History Center, Frances Willard House, Evanston, IL; Winnetka Women’s Exchange, IL

Libraries and Book festivals including Prince George County, Maryland; Newberry Library, Chicago; Chicago Public Library; Montclair Library, Montclair, NJ; Bay Area Book Festival, Berkeley, CA

Scholarly conferences including Berkshire Conference for Women’s History; American Historical Association Meeting; Southern Historical Association; Southern Association for Women Historians Triennial Conference; Arnova Conference; Organization of American Historians