Meet Julie

Hi!  I am a highly-acclaimed leadership trainer who has experience leading teams and producing results in corporate America. After experiencing my own career “pivot point,” I developed a process for women leaders to build winning plans. Promoting gender equality in the workplace, I am a frequent keynote speaker and executive coach.

I hold an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, am a Certified Master Coach, and a certified unconscious bias trainer.

My books include Pivot Point: How to Build a Winning Career Game PlanONE: How Male Allies Support Women for Gender Equality, and Lead Like an Ally.

Ready To Pivot To The Next Level?


Lead Like An Ally

As leaders, we have to meet people where they are at.  No matter where your organization is at in your equality and ally journey, it is a long-term commitment.

In this engaging talk, I share ideas to kick start or supplement your existing gender equality and diversity efforts.  The top 12 strategies are based on the research from my book, Lead Like An Ally with new client story features.  Participants will learn how to apply techniques to their own organizations for positive change.


Engage Men as Allies

Women alone cannot solve “women’s issues” in the workplace.  We need to engage our allies in the conversation.  In this highly collaborative talk, I share stories, ideas, and research from my book, ONE: How Male Allies Support Women for Gender Equality, with four proven strategies for men and women to succeed together.

Leaders that partner together do these things well – they practice empathy, listen, speak up, and integrate work and life.  Participants will learn how to be even more of an ally, engage allies in their careers, and build a culture of allies at their organizations.


Build a Winning Career Game Plan

Women with a plan win.  In fact, they are 80% more likely to succeed if they know what they want and articulate it clearly.  In this interactive talk, I share how to build your own plan from my book Pivot Point:  How to Build a Winning Career Game Plan.

Collectively, we charter our career visions, our personal purpose statements, tangible goals, and aspirational competencies.  Participants walk away with critical actions steps and a plan to get there utilizing my proven six-step process to take your plan to action.

Where’s Julie?

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of audience is the best fit?

I work with a variety of audiences. The best participants are open to discussion and story sharing. While I focus on inclusive leadership, I work with organizations to engage allies in the conversation. 

In the five years of my business, I have found  I work best with HR, diversity + inclusion, and learning + development leaders focused in manufacturing, financial services, health care, legal, tech, and higher ed industries looking for innovative solutions and education on inclusive leadership and equality in the workplace

What are the technology asks?

I prefer to speak with a lavalier microphone when possible and have roaming handhelds for audience participation in larger groups. I can bring my own equipment to project slides or can share them in advance to be pre-loaded.  I often share videos via YouTube if possible to connect to the internet.

I also have interactive technology available via smartphone to follow along on the slides, download the slides, ask questions throughout, vote on favorite questions, and do live poling to collect data to inform future events.

What is the speaking format?

I speak to leadership teams as small as 5-10 people and to rooms of 1,000+ leaders at conferences. I meet clients where they are at. I am available to speak to your organization and recommend inviting those leaders most passionate and committed to equality. Seating arrangements vary from round tables to classroom to stadium seating. My preference is round table seating when possible.

What is the investment?

Clients typically invest $5,000 for local area programs to $7,500 for extended travel programs.  Investment ranges based on location and customization. I offer discounted pricing on books for group sizes of 50 participants or larger and for mutltiple sessions. I occasionally do pro bono speaking engagements for those best aligned with my mission. If interested, you may apply here.

Julie’s new book “Lead Like An Ally” is available now! 


We have engaged Julie to speak at our annual business meeting the last couple of years.  She is a natural leader and amazing speaker who brings a positive energy into any room. Her passion for her mission is infectious, and as a motivational speaker that rings true to her audience.”

Julie Kennedy
President, Anchor Point Technology Resources