Joyce Hutchens is President of JDH Training & Communications Group, a writing consulting and coaching firm which provides personalized writing coaching, professional development, and corporate communication services to individuals and organizations of all sizes. The company was born of her vision to combine her diverse employment experiences in private industry and education to help others improve personal and professional performance. She has trained others for more than two decades, including providing one-on-one coaching to employees seeking individualized instruction to develop their business and writing skills.
Hutchens launched JDH Training & Communications Group in 1999 after serving for more than two decades in the corporate arena. She also has taught English, speech, journalism and business education and served as a curriculum facilitator for the Chicago Public Schools.
Because of the perseverance, commitment, creativity and unequaled strength she has demonstrated in expanding her business and helping others succeed, on September 7, 2000, Hutchens received from the Women’s Business Development Center of Chicago (WBDC), the Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year Award, and was inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame. The WBDC serves as an advocate for women business owners and assists them with securing SBA financing, WBE certification, and public and private sector procurement opportunities.
A native Chicagoan, Hutchens holds master’s degrees in journalism and education from Roosevelt University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Columbia College Chicago. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in English/language arts. National Board Certification is the nation’s highest teaching credential, and is recognized as the gold standard in teaching. She also has earned State of Illinois secondary education teaching certifications in English/language arts and journalism, and middle school certifications in business, marketing and management. Hutchens has received numerous awards for her excellence in teaching and is the author of How a Pro Se Won Justice.