As a TED speaker, educator, and collaborative leadership strategist, I prepare youth to be leaders and adults to be mentors and role models. I empower schools, youth groups, and organizations with skills and resources to build strong, sustainable communities.

  • About Dr. Julie ConnorI’ve been motivating and inspiring youth and adult audiences for 30+ years.
  • I know how to invite and involve youth (so they want to stay).
  • I’ve taught and helped build successful youth and educational programs in public and parochial schools, churches, and organizations in urban, suburban, and rural communities.
  • I like to learn. My doctoral degree (Ed.D.) is in educational leadership. I have an Ed.S. in school administration, a M.S. in curriculum & instruction, and a B.S. in education.
  • About Dr. Julie ConnorI empower youth and adults with tools to build teamwork.
  • I show teachers and youth leaders how to inspire and motivate young people.
  • Check out these testimonials and recommendations from those who attended my presentations and programs.




I am the author of an award-winning goal-setting book, Dreams to Action Trailblazer’s Guide. Check out the preview on Amazon. Or download free resources from the Trailblazer Store.

My Purpose Statement:  I inspire everyone to discover, develop, and share their leadership gifts.

My Vision:  I motivate collaborative leaders everywhere to transform the world.

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.

About This Site

DrJulieConnor.com is my Internet home where you’ll find:

TAKE ACTION BLOG – Find lots of tips that celebrate personal growth, inspire you with a positive mindset, strengthen leadership skills, build strong relationships between youth and adults, and create teamwork. 

WHAT’S YOUR DREAM? – Discover how you or your group can clarify your direction. We’ll break down the steps so you can start thinking about your own vision, mission, and create your own goals.

TRAILBLAZER STORE  Find tools you need to reach your goals. Get Dreams to Action Trailblazer’s Guide in paperback or the eBook. Download free planning tools to help you reach your goals.

SPEAKING – I would love to speak to your church, school, business, or organization. I tailor every presentation to your specific needs and audience. Check out some of my most popular workshops and presentations.

PERSONAL COACHING – I provide individual and group coaching to support you on your goal-setting journey.

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, re-energized, and hopeful.

CONTACT ME  I provide keynote presentations and workshops 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.

About Me

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…

Dr. Julie Connor - About MeI was born in Omaha, Nebraska.

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 About Dr. Julie Connor, Ed.D.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 could not decide if I wanted to be an actress, a music major, or About Dr. Julie Connor, Ed.D.a youth minister. 

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 took agriculture classes in college because I wanted to live Dr. Julie Connor - About Meon a farm.  I loved animals.

My first teaching position was at Holy Rosary Elementary School in Clinton, Missouri.

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 wrote and directed celebrations that merged traditional Christian rituals with current social justice About Dr. Julie Connor, Ed.D.issues.

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. I found hope. And I found courage to share my story with others who faced personal challenges.

I accepted a teaching position in an urban school district in Kansas City.

The remarkable stories shared by my 7th Dr. Julie Connor - About Megrade 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.Dr. Julie Connor - About Me

Churches, schools, and organizations invited me to inspire and motivate youth and adult audiences with goal-setting strategies and leadership tools.

I wrote a personal goal-setting book, Dreams to Action Trailblazer’s Guide, to help others discover their dreams and pursue their passions.

After a 15 year hiatus, I received invitations to show groups how to build youth programs and prepare youth, teachers, and adult volunteers with leadership training

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 About Dr. Julie Connor, Ed.D.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!

The Adventure Continues …