Joan C. King-Tobet was a child of the Big Easy, born into an entrepreneurial family in New Orleans that owned and operated a local grocery store. Family life, within a large extended clan, centered on the kitchen where Joan developed a precocious talent for the singular tastes of New Orleans cuisine, a talent that brought no end of pleasure to family and friends throughout her life.

Experiencing the loss of her beloved father at the age of 10, Joan began a life-long quest for the substance underlying life. At age 17, she entered a Dominican convent to pursue studies in philosophy and theology, along with chemistry and physics. Ultimately, she found that convent culture was too restrictive for her thinking. Emerging from the convent as a young adult, Joan joined Vista and traveled to the far reaches of Appalachia to work with, and among, families in coal country.

Following Vista, Joan enrolled in graduate school to study science as a vehicle for further examining the biological bases of brain and behavior. She earned a one-of-a-kind multidisciplinary Ph.D. in Neuroanatomy and Psychology from Tulane University, pioneering as one of the few women in an emerging scientific field.

Joan engaged in basic research in neuroscience for the next 25 years, primarily as a Professor at Tufts University Schools of Medicine, working across medical, dental and veterinary schools. She served as Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, in which role she developed and directed the Tufts University Center of Research in Reproduction. An award-winning lecturer, she imparted her passion, intellectual hunger, and boundless sense of the possible to multiple generations of students. In 1997, eager to embrace her next frontier, Joan retired as Chairman and became Professor Emerita.

Having rigorously pursued the processes of self-examination, self-reflection, and self-actualization, Joan designed a coaching consultancy, Beyond-Success LLC, to assist others in mining these processes. Utilizing the scientific principles explored over 30-plus years, Joan helped individuals move more deeply into their life experiences, using these principles as metaphors and tools to expand consciousness. She articulated her philosophy in a series of books: The Code of Authentic Living: Cellular Wisdom; A Life on Purpose: Wisdom at Work; Cellular Wisdom for Women: An Inner Work Book; She was actively living and working on Cellular Wisdom for Relationships: An Inner Work Book. In Joan’s own words, “The Cellular Wisdom series of books is not a declaration of dogma but rather a vehicle for sharing my insights about what our cells and our bodies can teach us about thriving in our lives as individuals and in relationship, from intimate to corporate from community to planetary. My books are intended to stimulate you, the reader, to explore and uncover your own insights.”

Joan is survived by her life and scientific collaborator of 36 years, Dr. Stuart A. Tobet; an extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews in New Orleans and around the country; a groundswell of deeply grateful friends, students, and mentees for whom Joan facilitated a profound shift in the way they view their worlds, and two bewitching black cats who remained by her side.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, and in recognition of the pay-it-forward principle which was a foundation of Joan’s life and work, the family requests that people pay kindness forward to perhaps 3 others and/or provide a donation to the Joan King Scholarship at Colorado State University. The Scholarship will support exceptional students with an interest in science and engineering. Contributions may be made directly to the Colorado State University Foundation, P.O. BOX 1870, Fort Collins, Colorado 80522-1870 with the designation to the Joan King Scholarship or executed online at  Any questions may be directed to the Fund’s director at (970) 491-1624.

Health Update

Thank you for joining your energy with mine, over these past few weeks, on behalf of my healing. The surround of collective energy has been a source of great comfort, inspiration, and love.

The June 4 trial is no longer a possibility. At this point, the pathway to healing the disease has passed out of the realm of medical oncology and into the realm of faith and spirit. As I rest in the knowledge of Universal love and cellular wisdom, I ask for your continued energy to surround and uplift me in my healing journey.

See me in my wholeness- radiant, strong, and resonant with Universal energy – as I continue a determined, steadfast path to healing.

With a grateful and full heart, Stu, Paula and Joan scripted this for you.

Health Status


Health Status

Each time I set about writing a Health Status, something changes.

The facts:

So please accept this as a projection of the future only.

1. Had chemotherapy from the time I left Victoria BC and Network and Leadership conference in Nov until late April, different reagents, minimally effective.

2. Had a biopsy of my liver sent to Dana Farber Institute in Boston for molecular analysis, I do have a mutation in my estrogen receptor. Visited Boston and then here to identify clinical trials that might be effective in my case.

3. Just learned that the breast cells also have androgen receptors a pre-requisite to qualify for a clinical trial that begins June 4.Will start the clinical trial IF my liver cells continue to function.


My mental and spiritual state:

1. I WILL come through this all to continue a healthy life.


What can YOU do to help me?

Join me in the LIVER DANCE – Envision my HEALTHY liver cells strong and overwhelming the misplaced cancerous breast cells from the liver during the LIVER DANCE.

Thank you,






“Pause!” A Jolt of Joan for the week of May 13, 2014



Joan C King

Some times in our lives call for a pause! This is true for me now.

Missed the Relationship workshops,
March 20 and April 17, 2014?
Watch the Pay per View archived copy

We are taking a pause and NOT holding the event on May 15th.

We we will resume in Sept with the same topic

May 15 –  Sept 18 –  Who are you in the relationship?

Everyone is Welcome!
NOTE: Coaches earn 1.5 Continuing Coach Education Credits
in Core Competencies per event
whether attending in Colorado or anywhere in the world!

Cover by Toolbox Creative

Sculpture Karen French-Hall  Photographer David Kamm

Sculptures, small $125 and large $500 available.


May 15 –    Who are you in the relationship?

September 18Is the relationship thriving?

October 16 –    Are you thriving in the relationship?

November 20What wisdom infuses the relationship?

Learn more and purchase your tickets
for the Colorado event or online event at

Register for Colorado Event
via PayPal

Register for Ustream attendance from anywhere in the world
via my Ustream channel

Also previous 2013 programs, “Create Your NEW Story”,
are available, archived on my ustream channel.


Jolt of Joan Journal available now – $10.00
+ tax and shipping.

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My passion is to help people evoke their greatness in work and in life.
Most of us move through life without the slightest recognition of the
extent of our inner resources. Challenges cause stress that would be
minimized if we called upon our greatness to meet them.


As a Board Certified Coach and Master Coach, as well as through
my books and speaking, I help you learn that you are MORE than
you have ever experienced yourself to be – to date and that your
greatness awaits your call to come forth.

Call me to explore how to bring forth your greatness
and meet the challenges in your life effectively
and with less

The FIRE of Relationships – Workshop 2 – in Colorado and around the world


The FIRE of Relationships:

The WISDOM of Love: 2.

This Thursday, April 17,  evening 5:30 pm- 7 pm Mountain

(4:30 Parciic; 6:30 Central; 7:30 Eastern; 23:30 GMT)

Where is the FIRE in your relationship with a significant other, family member, business associate, friend or with yourself?
What is the meaning and joy that this relationship brings to you?
What are you doing to foster the relationship?
What are you not doing and could do?


“…frequent and appropriate interactions are needed to
stabilize and mature our connections to others.”

“…thriving communication is the substrate of life—
vital, pulsing signals…”


                 Joan C. King. The Code of Authentic  Living.
Cellular Wisdom, Fort Collins, 2009

Join us LIVE in Colorado


from anywhere via Ustream.

Cost = $35.00 US dollars

Coaches earn 1.5 CCEUs in Core Competencies

“Why resilience?” A Jolt of Joan for the week of April 14, 2014


Why resilience?

by Joan C King

How many of us have experienced the pain of falling off the edge beyond the expected? Longfellow captured this in his words “Into each life some rain must fall, some days must be dark and dreary.” Do we recognize the potency of this dark and dreary moment to stretch our mindset rather than roll around in pain? These are the defining moments of our lives. Warren Bennis, regarded as a pioneer of the contemporary field of Leadership studies, confirms the value of such defining moments. “The leaders I met, whatever walk of life they were from, whatever institutions they were presiding over, always referred back to the same failure – something that happened to them that was personally difficult, even traumatic, something that made them feel that desperate sense of hitting bottom–as something they thought was almost a necessity. It’s as if at that moment the iron entered their soul; that moment created the resilience that leaders need.” If this assignment appeals to you this week, choose an adversity you’re currently facing in your life or in your work. Examine how you are viewing it and responding to it. What would it take for you to rise above and reach for a surprising way of viewing it, instead? What would amaze you about yourself moving through it? Be creative. Announce to yourself the intention of become more and watch the miracle unfold.

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“Possibility WITHIN the problem?” A Jolt of Joan for the week of April 6, 2014


“Possibility WITHIN the problem?”

Joan C King

When a problem arises how do you approach it? Do you avoid identifying the situation as a problem so that you can ignore it? Or, do you wrestle with it, try to throw it down and demand it to give up so you can be done with it? Most want to dispense of it as soon as possible so that life can continue uninterrupted. In contrast, Horace, the Roman poet, reminds us that “Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.” To elicit those talents, however, we have to be willing to stay in the question of the problem. Krishnamurti, born in British India and author of multiple books, tells us, “To ask the ‘right’ question is far more important than to receive the answer. The solution of a problem lies in the understanding of the problem; the answer is not outside the problem, it is in the problem.” If this assignment appeals to you, this week, pick a problem as the object of your focus. Consider the problem, calm your mind which might immediately begin generating solutions, and ask “What might be the possibility lying hidden in this problem? What’s the question I have not asked? What talent might I use to expose the question and the possibility?” Then ask the question and take the action suggested. Yes, you will need courage to do this. Amelia Earhart, the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic, states “Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.” Remember her words when you want to turn away from the problem. “Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.”

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Topsy Turvey World! A Jolt of Joan for the week of March 30, 2014


A Topsy Turvy World!

by Joan C King

Every once in a while everything turns topsy turvy – upside down and inside out. How do you make sense of this topsy turvy world? Maybe you can give up making sense of it and embrace the novelty of it. Imagine what the world looks like upside down and inside out. What’s your world like, upside down and inside out? Embracing this perspective may unearth insights, never before suspected.  Bertrand Russell admonishes us “… to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.” Peter Drucker the management guru tells us, “The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic.” Is this the time to let go of the strong hold on yesterday’s logic and allow your imagination to embrace and explore extraordinary new ideas? If this assignment appeals to you, this week whenever you detect the appearance of topsy turvy, don’t try to set it right. Let it be, upside down and backwards. Open your senses to this strangeness and soak in the panoramas that emerge. Let new ideas seed in the rich soil of your consciousness. Give them space to take root and grow. You may be surprised at the gifts brought by your topsy turvy world.

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“Time for unfolding!” A Jolt of Joan for the week of March 24, 2014


A Time for Unfolding!

Joan C King

Unfolding demands time to release its surprises. During this time we can only wait in the darkness of uncertainty not knowing what will emerge. The process can bring forth something unexpected and potentially cause us to change the trajectory of our lives. It can cut through logically conceived plans to reveal something potent and previously hidden. However, this process requires we create space within which it can burst forth and grow to be seen in its own truth. This demands courage. We often expend energy preventing such from raising its head and unfurling truth for fear of what it will demand of us. We fail to recognize that such suppression also crushes a part of us yearning to come forth. This week, if this assignment appeals to you, spend a few minutes each day in silence – no more than 3 or 4, observing what is stirring within you that you might have previously ignored. Allow it to cut through your defenses to at last be heard. Carl Sagan reminds us, “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” Thomas Aquinas adds, “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” Be courageous, listen to what stirs within you and yearns to come forth. Then, act. It can be a small step. It will be a beginning of a new birthing of who you are.

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How to participate in Thursday, March 20, Relationship workshop LIVE from anywhere

This Thursday,March 20, the Relationship workshops

begin in Colorado and around the world


This is HOW to participate from anywhere LIVE:

1. Click on this link to go to my Ustream channel:

3-17-2014 8-51-36 AM

2. See “The Fire of Relationships: The Wisdom of Love 1 (under my picture)” Click on the “Buy Now” button (on the right) to get access to the LIVE event on Thursday night – the cost is $35.00

3. On Thursday night, March 20th, go to the website at 5:30 pm Mountain time (4:30 pm Pacific time, 6:30 pm Central time; 7:30 pm Eastern time) and 11:30 pm GMT (Greenwich Mean time) and watch the video.

4. Click on “Social Stream” (see image above on the right) to text me questions that I will answer from Colorado LIVE.

If you cannot attend the event live, it will be archived and you can come back to this webpage and view the event.

WELCOME to the event!

Coaches you must interact via text LIVE to get CCEU credits. Also, please email me when you buy the ticket so that I can send you the handout for the evening.

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