Julie has nearly ten years of experience as an organizational development and change management professional, where she has brought the vision and strategy of organizations to life by driving change adoption, boosting employee engagement, and coaching leaders at all levels. She has extensive experience in partnering with key stakeholders to plan and lead successful change management and communications efforts, improve processes, and design meaningful programs that connect employees with business goals. Julie earned an MA in social science from the University of Washington where she specialized in community resilience, and she holds a BA in International Relations from Southern Methodist University. She resides in the Seattle area.
Julie is based out of Seattle, WA.
Why did you decide to work at Kotter?
Simply put, we share the same North Star. I firmly believe in the value of servant leadership and in the power of tapping into the full talent and passion of an organization– when we empower leadership at all levels, we accelerate the business and improve people’s lives.
What’s got you thinking right now?
Since so many of us have been working virtually during the COVID era, I’ve been thinking about how we may have lost the in-person interactions we were used to, but we’ve also gained such a personal insight into each other’s lives. I’ve had the joy of seeing clients’ and coworkers’ kids, pets, spouses, and even different office settings– one of my clients set his computer up in a barn! I love the ways we’ve all found to adapt and thrive amongst uncertainty. It’s one of my favorite things about working with people.
What are your superpowers?
Flashback to when you were 10 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up?
I really wanted to be a stand-up comedian. My parents used to play on a co-ed baseball team. Instead of watching them compete, I’d stand on the bleachers and try out my latest jokes on the crowd. I got some polite laughs and applause, but I’m pretty sure I was about as funny as Fozzie Bear.
Share something about you that would most surprise people.
I’m a single mom of two young kids, including one with multiple disabilities. Since his birth, my son has taught me the value of a growth mindset and how to keep showing up, even when the path ahead is uncertain.