Huffington Post Contributor and Best Selling Author of "The Sex Talk: A Survival Guide for Parents"
Joanna Hyatt Bio
Internationally acclaimed speaker navigating a wide range of topics from sex, healthy dating and relationships for a teen and young adult audience. Author of the best-selling book, The Sex Talk: A Survival Guide for Parents.
Joanna brings a global perspective and fresh lens to some of the most difficult and confusing topics facing today's teens and young adults: sex, healthy dating and relationships.
One of the youngest voices tackling this subject, Joanna is able to connect with her audiences in a unique way, navigating these topics with personal passion and a heavy dose of wit and humor. Joanna shares her own story of choosing abstinence, not from a perspective of rules and regulations, but from a refreshing and life giving angle that has inspired thousands of young people across the globe to make a choice for the health and happiness of their futures. After seeing the response of parents desperate to share a similar message with their own children, she authored the internationally acclaimed "how-to" book, The Sex Talk: A Survival Guide for Parents.
After graduating from Claremont McKenna College, she went to work as an on-air host and producer for one of the first online platform channels, SAFE WORLD. Joanna interviewed celebrity personalities and sought out stories that spoke directly to the core young audience. From this experience, she become one of the revolving on-air hosts for the well renowned, JCTV. Joanna's personal and professional life collided when she ate a live praying mantis on camera in exchange for friends to attend church with her. It became an Internet sensation that reached over 15 million views.
In 2007, Joanna utilized her media experience to move into the feature film realm as a Production Executive with Mpower Pictures, where she worked with producers Steve McEveety (Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ) and John Shepherd (The Ultimate Gift) on multiple films, including the powerful, award winning The Stoning of Soraya M. that shed light on the struggle for women's rights in the Middle East.
During her time at Mpower, Joanna became heavily involved with a pregnancy clinic in Santa Monica, CA. She quickly realized she had a passion for young women and the struggles they face with choices related to sexuality and relationships. Joanna left the film industry and took on the role of Director for Reality Check, a non-profit teen pregnancy and STD prevention program. From 2010-2012, Joanna developed the program into a nationally replicated STD and teen pregnancy prevention curriculum, while simultaneously speaking to over 10,000 teens annually in the Los Angeles area.
In 2013 she expanded her reach and authored the desperately needed parenting guide The Sex Talk: A Survival Guide for Parents, to national acclaim, and began speaking internationally on the topics of healthy relationships and sex for both teens and adults in public and private schools, churches, and universities.
She has been featured in numerous documentaries and as a guest commentator for both radio and television, including the Focus on the Family documentary, Irreplaceable. She is a regular fixture at conferences around the world, speaking along side such notable personalities as Bob Goff, Francis Chan, and David Crowder. She has also partnered to produce content for Chevy with the popular website, Mommy Loves Tech, as well as collaborating on content with the Plain Jane Project and notable personalities including Candace Cameron Bure and Rebecca St. James.
Joanna Hyatt splits her time between the Pacific Northwest and Los Angeles, CA, with her husband and two daughters.