Joeel Rivera

Meet Joeel

 JoeelRiveraJoeel A. Rivera, M.Ed.~Firestarter, professional speaker, author, entrepreneur, psychology instructor. In almost a decade, Joeel has reached over ten thousand people and his clients have included school systems, the juvenile justice system, non-profits, the penitentiary system, medical centers, legal firms, individuals and small businesses. As a speaker he has shared the stage with Magic Johnson. 
From an early age, Joeel faced adversity, which began when he moved from Puerto Rico to the U.S. during elementary school, while speaking limited English. He returned to Puerto Rico in high school to spend time with his father and reconnect to his roots. He attended college in Pennsylvania where he failed his freshman year. Back in Puerto Rico, with no direction, the street environment started to play a larger role in his life. When Joeel was 19, his brother passed away in a car accident. That same summer he lost 3 other close friends to the streets. This experience transformed his life and instilled a deep sense of purpose by inspiring him to give his brother Daniel’s name a meaning by one day helping youth.
He returned to college, earning a Master’s Degree in Counseling, with high honors, and is currently completing his dissertation for his Ph.D. in Psychology, with an emphasis on happiness. He strongly believes that education transformed his life by changing his beliefs about himself and the world of opportunity.
Joeel uses his knowledge and understanding of human motivation to tap into people’s core needs. He inspires and empowers them to reach their fullest potential by releasing belief systems that hold them back and embracing the power of knowledge and education to create lasting change. 


Experience Highlights:

  • Master’s Degree in Education and Counseling
  • Completing dissertation for Ph.D. in Psychology
  • Vice President of Transformation Services, Inc.
  • Former Vice-President of Atman Center for Transformation
  • Full-time Psychology Instructor
  • Instructor for the Nurturing Father’s Curriculum (Head Start)
  • Supervisor of Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Resource and Referral (VPK)
  • Published author
  • 8 years in management
  • 7 years curriculum development and public speaking
  • Founder of a non-profit teen center


SIGNATURE KEYNOTE: From the Street to the Stage: Keys to Success

streettothestage(Audience: Education/Youth, Minority)

This powerful keynote takes audiences on an emotional ride that illustrates the power of education and giving our pain a purpose.  Joeel’s journey from the “streets to the stage” began when he came to the United States at an early age, knowing limited English. Joeel struggled with discrimination, was drawn the street lifestyle, and failed college his freshman year. Everything changed one summer when his brother and 3 friends passed away, followed by a near death car accident and being told that by the age of 30 he would not be able to walk. He transformed the negative into positive by seeing the meaning within the experiences. Joeel returned to college with a new found purpose, going from academic probation to the President’s List and graduating with a Master’s Degree and currently completing his Doctorate with a focus on happiness.

Key Takeaways:

  • Unleash the power of your mind
  • Overcome adversity
  • Develop a success identity
  • Turn your pain into purpose
  • Find your driving force
  • Discover unlimited opportunities
  • Know the power of determination, commitment, and knowledge to create success


Get in touch with Joeel by calling 941-479-0323 or email