A two-time TedX speaker, Julie blends evidence-based science and a unique storytelling ability to deliver an exceptional experience that inspires action and change. Topics include resiliency, navigating change, overcoming obstacles, rewiring our brain, powerful living, stress management, mental health, neuroplasticity, heart health, leadership effectiveness, culture change, goal-setting, conflict management and other related topics.
Julie is the North American Wellbeing, Resiliency & Disability Lead for Accenture, a Global Fortune 500 Company. Julie created the wellbeing program at Accenture in 2004 as a grassroots effort to inspire a unique employee experience and culture. The program has grown throughout the years from grassroots to a best-practice, award-winning offering across the globe.
Julie's focus has been to develop a dynamic, holistic approach to wellbeing that inspires every employee and their family to bring their best self to work and play. An out of the box thinker with extensive background, Julie has won many awards for her work including a congressional wellbeing award from Congresswoman Joyce Beatty and the Top Health Leader in the US from the Employee Benefit News. Julie is also a published author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur (owning several yoga/fitness studios/retail lines) where her entire focus is within health, wellbeing, mindfulness and culture. Julie is a faculty presenter for a variety of wellbeing modules authored by Stanford University, Thrive Global, Potential Project and Accenture.
Julie appears monthly as the healthy lifestyle expert for Good Day Columbus and has been featured on The Carol Alt Show with Fox News, The Marilu Henner Show, and several other national news casts. Julie has spoken and presented across the globe, including at the Tower of London, the White House, the US Chamber of Commerce, TED Talks, Solutions at Work Live, various national health conferences, the National Business Group on Heath, International Women’s Day, and the US Department of Defense. She was recently selected as one of “25 Remarkable Women” from Role Model Magazine and one of 12 ‘Women You Should Know’ in Central Ohio by the Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) organization. Julie has been featured in numerous magazines including: FITNESS Magazine, Columbus CEO, Weight Watchers Magazine, Fit Columbus Magazine and others. Julie was selected as one of FITNESS MAGAZINE' S Top 10 Champions of Health and Wellness, was named a 40 Under 40 award winner, TechColumbus Innovation Award Finalist, one of 100 Buckeyes You Should Know. Julie has also authored a wellbeing program to help the incarcerated reroute their life and has been rolling this concept out to jails and prisons for 5+ years.
Julie is currently a PhD candidate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and has a Master' s Degree in Education - Exercise Physiology from The Ohio State University, and a Bachelor' s Degree in International Business from Marietta College. Wrapping up her PhD, her focus for her dissertation is emotional intelligence, leadership styles and the advancement of women in the workplace.
She has her Registered Yoga Teacher Training 200 hour certification with Yoga Alliance and fitness and pilates certifications from ACE, AFAA, ACSM, and Fitour. She also has a life coach certification from WellCoaches.
Julie customizes her talks to each audience and audience goals.
- Personalized Talks
Julie can customize her talks to each audience and audience goals
- Make Meaning Your Compass
As a heart disease survivor, Julie Wilkes was given a second chance at life. The lessons she learned in overcoming great odds are brought to life with 7 (science-based) techniques that allow every person to effectively live a meaningful life - based on connecting to purpose, passion and strength. This inspiring talk compliments Julie's book, "The 7 Life Miracles" where Julie shares how to overcome challenges to live your dream life. You'll laugh, cry and leave this talk with powerful steps to start living a more meaningful and joyful life.
- Creating the WOW Factor
Human beings are wired to "wow"! Each of us have our own unique contributions that make a difference in the world; how can we tap into our own wow factor and bring our best into our work, home and play? Using evidence-based science, studies and storytelling, Julie Wilkes shares how we discover our gifts, bring them to life and use them to empower our impact in all settings. This talk allows individuals and teams to learn how to bring out their strengths and create experiences that wow the world around them. Skills developed through this talk: speaking, presentation, problem solving, creativity, communication, teamwork, conflict resolution, resiliency.
- Shift - Navigating Powerful Change
Change is an essential element of life, but often, brings out fear, worries and resistance. What if you could actually use change for good? Using evidence-based science, Julie provides an easy-to-adopt process for taking any change (good or bad) and turning it into something powerful in our lives. These techniques can be implemented immediately, with impact being realized on day 1. This talk is perfect for a group, team or organization experiencing the pains of change and allows people to create a shared vision that connects with their individual goals to accomplish something BIG!
-Global Culture Lead, Global Fortune 500 company in care giving
"Not one person could look away as Julie delivered a powerful talk about navigating change. The 1000+ person audience had tears, roaring laughter and connection as Julie packed in the science, techniques and call-to-actions. Her talk was the highlight of our conference, and we will bring her back again to speak to our leadership team directly in the fall of 2022."
-Aubry, Employee Experience Lead, Global Fortune 100 company in pharmaceuticals
"Her talk was on fire! Just the energy boost our conference needed! Smart. Organized. Easy-to-listen to. Motivating. She changed the energy in the room and our people are still talking about her concepts three months later!"
-Jonathan, President of national heath care company
"A gift to our company. We were so thankful for what Julie offered, we publicly thanked her with a photo tribute in Times Square. She delivered the message that helped our teams work better together during a difficult transition. Very impactful. Well-delivered. One of the best speakers we've ever brought in to our company."
-Benefits Lead, Global Fortune 500 company in financial services