About

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.

About Dr. Julie Connor, Ed.D.So, why should you hire me?

  • I’ve been motivating and inspiring youth and adult audiences for 30+ years (That’s a long time!).
  • 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 community organizations in urban, suburban, and rural communities.
  • I like to learn. My doctoral degree (Ed.D.) is in educational leadership. I have an education specialist degree in school administration, a master’s degree in curriculum & instruction, and a bachelor’s degree in education.
  • About Dr. Julie Connor, Ed.D.I have lots of interests; I’m cross-certified in communication arts, speech & theater, and science education programs.
  • I empower youth and adults with leadership training to build teamwork.
  • I equip teachers and youth leaders with tools to establish boundaries, communication, and trust.
  • I believe challenges are matters of perception: either obstacles that block our progress or directional arrows that point us to new opportunities. I encourage youth to be courageous!
  • Check out these testimonials and recommendations from those who have attended my presentations and programs.

Check out DREAMS TO ACTION TRAILBLAZER'S GUIDEI 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.

About This Site

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.

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 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.

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, 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.

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. And I found hope.

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 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.Dr. Julie Connor - About Me

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.

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 …