Phenomenal Women and Allies Who Have Worked with Julie Over the Years

Ericka Young

Author | Speaker | Financial Coach | Budget Expert

After developing and implementing her own budgeting and debt reduction plan, and paying off $100,000 in 5 years, Ericka knew she wanted to help people get out of debt. She knew she could show them how to organize their finances, and create a healthy future.  In 2005, Ericka launched Tailor-Made Budgets. 

The following year, Ericka and her husband, Chris, went to Nashville. They were trained by Dave Ramsey and his team. Ericka and Chris learned how to coach people on financial matters. Now, ten years later, Ericka has amazing opportunities every day. She now helps people and businesses transform their finances, careers, families and, most importantly, their futures.

Derrin Slack

Founder/CPO – ProAct Indy, Trainer/Speaker/Consultant/Executive Mentor

Derrin Slack is the Founder of ProAct Indy, an Indiana nonprofit organization committed to engaging youth in public service that educates, delights, and inspires the youth and those they serve. Since its inception, Slack has trained and led teams to engage over 15,000 boys and girls and corporate employees to value intentional community engagement and appreciate diversity and equity as an integral part of their lives.

Mr. Slack is a results-driven servant leader who takes a hands-on role in whatever work in which he becomes involved. He is a 2019 honoree of the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Top Forty Under 40 award; recipient of the 2018 Community Impact Award from the Indiana Civil Rights Commission and the Governor of Indiana; recipient of the 2018 Jefferson Award for Public Service; a 2017 finalist for Junior Achievement’s Indy’s Best and Brightest award; recipient of the 2016 Minority Achievement Award for Human Achievement from the Center for Leadership Development; recipient of the 2015 Power of Peace Award from the Peace Learning Center; and a recipient of the 2014 Heart of a Father award from the Fathers and Families Center.

Simone E. Morris

CEO | Author | Speaker | Coach

Simone Morris is CEO of Simone Morris Enterprises LLC, a certified minority and women-owned business enterprise. She is an award-winning diversity and inclusion leader and a consultant and speaker committed to diversifying the workplace, and training women and emerging leaders to take true leadership positions in all aspects of their lives.  Her business recently received the 2019 WBEs who rock award from Minority Business Entrepreneur Magazine for leadership and community outreach.

Ms. Morris shares her message across various platforms (i.e. Forbes, Medium, Thrive Global, Glassdoor, Leadercast, Smart-Recruiters, Social-hire, Diversity Best Practices, Profiles in Diversity Journal and BambooHR) and she is also the author of The Power of Owning Your Career: Winning Strategies, Tools and Tips for Creating Your Desired Career and Achievement Unlocked: Strategies to Set Goals and Manifest Them.

Ms. Morris serves as a pro-bono coach for the Stand Beside Them non-profit organization providing career coaching to those returning from the Military. She is also a supporter of the Women’s Mentoring Network, providing scholarships for their clients to attend her retreats and workshops to improve their lives.

Stefanie Krievins

Pro Troublemaker | Coach | Speaker | Fixer of Hot Messes for Gen X Leaders

Stefanie Krievins is a solutions-focused executive coach specializing in one-on-one coaching and group trainings on change management, working with leaders across the United States and Canada.

With organizations, she focuses her work on cultures that love their people, want them to stay, and want them to keep being awesome. Her mission is to support individuals and organizations so they can get past their own “stuck and stalled” places, and start innovating and growing again.

In addition to her work as a coach, Stefanie presents “How To Be A Pro Troublemaker” and other change management workshops as a speaker and facilitator.

Rachana Bhide

Broadcaster | Founder of the Corner of the Court Project (Women’s Stories of Men as Allies)

Rachana spent 14 years as a management consultant for Accenture, where she most recently led the capability development of the Austria, Switzerland, Germany change management practice.

Since 2014, Rachana has worked for Bloomberg LP in a variety of capacities, currently leading global talent efforts for 5,500+ software engineers in sustaining a thriving technology work culture. She broadcasts for Bloomberg Radio London, daily from 4pm-6pm local (GMT) time, presenting European headline news.

Rachana is the founder and current editor of The Corner of the Court Project, sharing success stories of men who play advocacy roles for women in the workplace.  Rachana has conducted extensive research and numerous speaking engagements with companies such as FOX Sports, ESPN, LinkedIn, and more, about “male allies” and effective ways to engage men in diversity efforts.

Erin Fischer

Keynote Speaker | Double Author | Leadership Content Writer | Studier of Authentic Confidence

After graduating from Indiana University, Fischer traveled to Timbuktu and back. Well, if we’re being honest it’s not quite Timbuktu, but close. She’s spoken in 46 states, recruited in Hungary, volunteered in Hawaii, taught in Brazil and has been on stages with thousands of people in the audience all with the focus of developing people and building teams and communities – while growing her brand.

Fischer considers herself a leadership nerd – a woman on a mission to help teams and individuals excel at what they do. Her forum is the stage, but her focus is super-cognitive skills.  She wants to support the growth of people by giving them time to think, reflect and gain new knowledge. Fischer loves the idea of challenging people and being challenged herself, and she LIVES for the ‘aha’ moment– both yours and her’s.

Karen Catlin

Advocate for Inclusive Workplaces | Leadership Coach | Speaker | Author of Better Allies

Karen Catlin is a leadership coach, keynote speaker, author, and passionate advocate for inclusion in the workplace. After spending twenty-five years building software products and serving as a vice president of engineering at Macromedia and Adobe, she witnessed a sharp decline in the number of women working in tech. Frustrated but galvanized, she knew it was time to switch gears.

Today, Karen coaches women to be stronger leaders and men to be better allies. Her client roster includes Airbnb, Pinterest, eBay, and Intel, as well as entrepreneurs and individuals. Karen’s coaching offerings include tactics for increasing visibility, being more strategic, managing stakeholders, negotiation, and cultivating ally skills. Her writing on these and related topics has appeared in Inc., The Daily Beast, and Fast Company, and she’s consulted on articles for The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and The New York Times. To help more people cultivate ally skills, she wrote Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces.


Diana Westhoff

Facilitator | Speaker | Employee Resource Group Consultant | Organizational & Personal Communication Training | Focuses on Relationship Building

Diana Westhoff works every day to facilitate learning in the areas of organizational and personal communication, and to cause success in conversations, building stronger relationships and improving life’s performance.

With more than 25 years of leadership, management and training & development experience in the financial services industry, Diana’s passion for women development and relationship building is demonstrated by establishing two women’s business resource groups for two companies and providing coaching support to several colleagues.

Bonnie Fetch

Sr. Executive| Author| Speaker | Promotes Engaging Men as Advocates toward Gender Inclusion | Passionate about Helping Women to Find Their Voice

Bonnie believes strongly in serving the community in which she lives and works, and she has served on non-profit community boards that serve women, children and families in need. She founded two local chapters of professional societies and diversity councils, and she serves as an executive sponsor for a women’s initiatives network.

She was awarded Illinois’ Most Powerful and Influential Woman award in 2011 and a 25 Women in Leadership award in 2015. Bonnie has spoken passionately at many conferences and events aimed at developing men, women and organizations on topics including: the value of diversity and inclusion, discovering unconscious bias, and creating an engaged and inclusive work environment.

Jeremy York

HR Guru | Forward-Thinker | HR Strategy Partner

If you want your company to succeed, you have to put into place strategies that allow your people to succeed. As founder and president, Jeremy ensures that InvigorateHR does just that.  Jeremy has over 15 years’ experience in human resource strategy and operations. Holding various HR leadership roles, he has worked with and advised all levels of management on critical business and people-related issues. These items include HR strategy, performance management, strategic planning, talent management, and so on.

Jeremy’s expertise in defining and understanding the “big picture” enables him to translate business needs into tangible solutions. With his guidance, organizations have improved employee relations, increased performance, and developed cultures based on mutual trust and respect.

Lisa Mitchell

Communications Expert | Body Language Pro | Certified Forensic Interviewer

Lisa Mitchell is the premier Indianapolis-based communications expert specializing in Body Language and Non-Verbal Skills training. Lisa loves coaching Executives across many industries to help those leaders achieve their professional and personal goals.

She also creates customized corporate training programs to help leadership teams communicate more effectively and drive greater results across their organizations. She also offers keynotes that are not only educational, but a whole lot of fun for the audience as well!

In addition to Executive Coaching and Corporate Training, Lisa is also a featured communications expert on numerous media outlets and provides commentary and analysis on a number of topics including human lie detection and political body language.

David Rowell

Author | Speaker | Gender Balance Trainer

David Rowell has been a career professional facilitator for a great many years, teaching leadership, women’s leadership, team-building, and diversity. David has taught classes for U.S. Federal agencies and conducted workshops across the United States and beyond in working globally with international NGOs. His audiences have included all levels of management from team-leaders to executive leadership, and have spanned the globe encompassing some two dozen plus countries.

David is knowledgeable about all factors affecting team performance, synergy, and relationships and teaches leadership skills to address any and all through situational application. David’s instruction leverages all of knowledge, experience and perspective, this of his own as well as that of his students.

Megan Applegate

Certified Resume Writer + LinkedIn Profile Writer | Resume Coach | Job Search Strategist + Opportunity Matchmaker

As a natural opportunity visionary and encourager, Megan am a matchmaker for people and their next best opportunity through writing and design. She holds the Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) credential and a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs (M.S.Ed).

Megan’s career journey has been anything but straight, nevertheless, her passion for the last decade has been connecting people to their passion. A native Hoosier and enthusiast of antiques and old homes, Megan is driven by her faith, family, dark chocolate and her morning cup of coffee.

Bernadette Smith

Expert at Empowering Front Line Employees to be More Inclusive

Bernadette Smith is founder and CEO of Equality Institute and award-winning author of three books. Her fourth book Un-Assuming Assumptions will be released later this year.

Bernadette has presented to enthusiastic audiences of CEOs, associations, entrepreneurs, leadership teams, sales professionals, account executives, marketing executives, human resource managers and more. Her expertise has been sought after by the New York Times, Forbes, the Washington Post, and Fast Company, among many others, and she’s appeared on the Today Show, the BBC, National Public Radio, and CNN.

In 2018, Bernadette was named one of Chicago’s Notable LGBTQ Executives by Crain’s Chicago Business and one of the Top 25 Women in Meetings by Meetings and Conventions Magazine.

Peggy Hogan

HR Consultant | Career Transition Specialist | Certified Résumé Writer | Career Coach | Passionate about Connecting People to JoyPowered Roles

Peggy is the Manager of Career Transition Services at Purple Ink and is currently writing The JoyPowered™ Team. Peggy enjoys connecting the right person to the right place, whether she’s career coaching, recruiting, or working on-site with a client.

She is motivated to help create positive workspaces by offering creative solutions to problems in the workplace, resulting in reduced turnover, higher employee engagement, and increased productivity.

Chelsea Akers and Kristine Snow

Founders, Speakers, Community Connectors, Problem Solvers

Chelsea Akers and Kristine Snow are the founders of Level D&I Solutions, a diversity and inclusion solutions firm built out of 15 years of IT Staffing and Advocacy experience.

Level D&I Solutions is creating equity in the workplace by bridging the gap between diverse populations in the community and organizations looking to diversify their pipeline. Level’s services and solutions include recruiting, consulting, training, and community outreach, all aimed to help organizations obtain and retain diverse talent and improve working conditions for underrepresented groups in business. 

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