Julie Jakopic has been helping leaders succeed since she tutored her friends in math in third grade. Today, Julie is one of the nation’s top organizational and leadership development consultants and coaches. She has shared the stage with luminaries like President Obama and change agent Neale Donald Walsch, and has used her unique blend of experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors to create meaningful change at a grassroots level.
She is a citizen activist who recently ran for the Virginia House Of Delegates and in her interview with us, Julie describes what it’s like to be a woman in politics, why there aren’t more women in politics, and the benefits of women’s influence in getting things done. Julie also shares her own lessons from running in a 70-day primary, and how she has translated that experience into her business and home life.
We also explore what leadership is, what it’s not, and the keys to getting a lot accomplished in a short period of time. Straightforward and wise, Julie’s message is valuable for anyone (both men and women) in a leadership position or who is seeking to create social change in the areas that they are most passionate about.
1) There is no time and no extra energy for things that don’t need to be done. You can get upset, or you can figure out how to laugh about it and keep going.
2) At the end of the day, the world is run by the people who show up. The people who show up make the decisions.
3) Your vote counts. There are delegates who have won by 10 votes.
4) There are a lot of issues. Pick the 3 things you’re going to fuss over. Track them, and then get off the screen and go do something. Show up, and keep showing up.
5) Keep in mind that we all really want the same thing; it’s the HOW we argue about.
6) Be strong like water.
“Screaming from the other side of the street makes fabulous television…and changes nothing.”
Julie Jakopic Bio
Julie Jakopic has been helping leaders succeed since she tutored her friends in math in third grade. Today, Julie is one of the nation’s top organizational and leadership development consultants and coaches.
A Social Alchemist who’s shared the stage with luminaries like President Obama and change agent Neale Donald Walsch, Julie’s on a mission to help build the new paradigm of business where leaders thrive at home and at work. Julie created her signature Don’t Await It, Create It System to help visionaries transform possibilities into probabilities.
A retail manager for Bloomingdales and Estee Lauder while still in college, she branched out into the non-profit sector, working with at-risk families, and developing organizations from the inside out. Since then, Julie has masterfully maneuvered between the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, her signature style a blend of big picture thinking, hands on strategy, and mission driven leadership and organizational development.
Author of Planning for Results, a nationally recognized strategic planning tool, and creator of the Don’t Await It, Create It framework and event, Julie gets rave reviews as a speaker, coach, facilitator, and strategist known for her pragmatic and optimistic approach. Clients credit her ability to not only build and grow their own leadership skills, but also her uncanny understanding of how to help executives develop and strengthen the talent beneath them.
Before launching iLead Strategies, Julie built and led successful teams in her work as vice president and human services practice leader at the Development Services Group and in executive positions at ICF International, The Finance Project and the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP). She was awarded the Ann Kagie National Community Services award by the National Association for State Community Services Programs, and the Legislative & Public Policy Award by the Alexandria Commission for Women. She holds an MA in Sociology and a BA in Communication from the University of Maryland.
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