As a TED speaker, educator, and leadership expert, I prepare youth to be leaders and adults to be mentors and role models. I empower schools, youth groups, and organizations with resources to combat bullying and build caring, inclusive communities. I am also a student teaching field supervisor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
I am the author of an award-winning goal-setting book, Dreams to Action Trailblazer’s Guide. Use the tools in this book to create a vision, define your purpose, and create attainable goals. Check out the preview on Amazon. Or download free resources from my book in the Trailblazer Store.
My Purpose Statement: I inspire everyone to discover their unlimited potential where all things are possible.
My Vision: I transform the world from the inside-out by empowering others with tools to build collaborative leadership and sustainable communities.
My Mission: I prepare youth to be leaders and adults to be mentors and role models.
My Goal: I help others create strong collaborative communities and goals aligned with their vision, mission, and core values.
DrJulieConnor.com is my Internet home where you’ll find:
TAKE ACTION BLOG – Lots of people may tell you to pursue your dream – I’ll show you how to do something about it. Discover tips to dream big, plan well, work smart, and pursue your individual or group dream with confident passion. I share experiences, stories, and steps that create deeper understanding and foster greater communication.
WHAT’S YOUR DREAM? – Discover how to get crystal clear about your direction and break it down into manageable chunks that become part of your daily routine. We’ll break down the steps so you can start thinking about your own vision, mission, and create your own goals.
SPEAKING – I would love to speak to your school, church, business, or organization. I tailor every presentation to your specific needs and audience. Check out some of my most popular workshops and presentations.
NEWSLETTER – Follow this link (or click on the link in the sidebar on the right) to get my newsletter, Dreams to Action Weekly. Each newsletter is packed with tips and videos from seasoned pros to keep you motivated, organized, inspired!
PODCASTS – Listen to discussions I share with other movers and shakers throughout the world as we answer questions and explore all kinds of topics that will make you feel excited, connected, reenergized, and hopeful.
CONTACT ME – As a seasoned speaker, educator, and author, I provide keynote presentations and workshops that will help you build collaborative and sustainable communities tailored to your specific needs and audience. You can also ask questions, share something you’d like me to know about you, or request additional information.
My life has been blessed by wise teachers: men, women, and students I’ve met along the way. So, here’s some things you’ll learn about me…
My family moved to St. Louis when I was five.
I was painfully shy, but I loved to act. I loved to sing. I loved to read and write (even though I had a reading disability).
I attended a Catholic elementary school at a time when the Church was experiencing dramatic change.
I was a Camp Fire Girl (I’m wearing a cap on the right!). My Native American name was Soan-ge-ta’ha (Algonquian language of the Ojibwa) which means “strong heart.”
My Catholic high school closed when I was a freshman (That’s me in the red sweater). I transferred to a public high school and learned about others cultures and religions from my new friends.
I loved going to church and youth group events with my friends from faith backgrounds that were different from my own. This profoundly shaped my future youth ministry leadership experiences.
I decided to become a science teacher. I loved science – particularly earth science and meteorology. I grew up in the Midwest where the weather is always changing.
I attended the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO (Home of the Mules).
I joined a sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha, to overcome shyness.
I was president of the Student Government Association. I had many opportunities to develop leadership skills.
I became a Catholic youth minister. My ministry was strongly shaped by collaborative small group experiences I shared with friends of other denominations in other youth groups in high school and college.
I created workshops for adults and teen leaders about how to address tough issues like bullying and reach out to at-risk youth.
I spoke at youth conferences throughout the country.
I lived a double life: As I experienced success inspiring others, I was drowning in depression and a severe panic disorder.
I found help. And I found hope.
I accepted a teaching position in an urban school district in Kansas City.
The remarkable stories shared by my 7th grade communication arts students changed all of us and deepened our relationships.
I created a safe place for kids to write and talk about all of the controversial topics they were discussing among themselves.
I went back to school and earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership.
My school district downsized. I lost my job.
The loss of my job offered an opportunity to reinvent myself as a keynote speaker.
Organizations who learned about my story invited me to speak to their members about facing challenges with hope and courage.
I wrote a goal-setting book, Dreams to Action Trailblazer’s Guide, to help others discover their dreams and pursue their passions.
I prepare youth to be leaders and adults to be mentors and role models. I thank my lucky stars every day!
I encourage teens to refuse to be defined by labels and to pursue their passions in this TED talk.
I pay it forward. I provide at-risk youth and families with goal-setting tools and training in Kansas City’s urban core.
I still love animals. I have two dogs (Sox and Snickers) and a cat (Molly). I can’t save all of the abandoned animals who need homes, but I can save three of them.
I love to network and connect with others through social media! My social media links are in the upper right-hand corner of the website page. Let’s connect!