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Julie Williamson, PhD

Managing Partner
Author & Experienced Keynote Speaker

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Julie is a Managing Partner at Karrikins Group as well as an experienced keynote speaker and published author. A leading voice in how alignment can transform leaders and organizations, Julie  has worked around the world with some of the largest companies, helping them set and execute on strategy and transformation.

Julie is interested in how executive engagement happens and how leadership teams form and un-form. Her deep understanding of behavioral science combined with her executive experience and business acumen allows her to push past the barriers that hold back teams from finding alignment, transforming organizations and accelerating growth.

I’m passionate about Making HOW Matter for leaders and teams so that they can do amazing, transformational things together.

Background and Experience

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Over her career, Julie has worked with many of the world’s most impactful companies, helping them set and deliver on strategy and transformation through powerfully aligned leadership. Julie has also worked with small, local organizations (for profit, non-profit, and government) to drive aligned leadership as they grow their revenue and impact on their communities, customers and team members.

In addition to her consultative work, Julie has also taught undergraduate and graduate level courses on organizational strategy, behavior, and change, and uses her consulting experience to help students connect the theoretical concepts to real-world applications.

A published author, her work with Peter Sheahan on the book “MATTER: Create more value, move beyond the competition, and become the obvious choice” highlights Julie’s commitment to working with clients on opportunities for growth and development.  Her many articles, podcasts, and speaking engagements incorporate her professional and academic experiences to help clients and students expand their thinking on how to have impact and create growth through organizational alignment.

Keynote Speaking Experience
Julie is a leading voice in how organizations build growth-enabled cultures with a focus on generative leaders and generative organizations who deliver from the edge of disruption. Book a Keynote
Contributions & Recognition
Past Professional Experience
  • Adjunct Professor at University of Colorado Denver Business School
  • Vice President of The North Highland Company
  • Senior Principal at CGI-AMS
Educational Background
  • PhD in Organizational Communication from University of Colorado at Boulder
  • MBA in Finance and Marketing from University of Denver
  • BA in Information Systems and English from James Madison University

Recent Articles and Resources

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Check out Julie's recent articles for her thought leadership on executive alignment, strategy, and more.

Published Author of “Matter: Move Beyond the Competition, Create More Value, and Become the Obvious Choice”

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Karrikins Group offers keynote speaking and breakout session facilitation covering topics around leadership, organizational innovation and transformation, and more. Our keynote speakers inspire clients and students to expand their thinking on how to have impact and create growth through organizational alignment.

Matter Book

Companies and people that matter have successfully become the obvious choice in the hearts and minds of their customers, their employees, and their communities. They elevate themselves by consistently finding ways to solve the most pressing needs their markets face. 

The result? They create more value year after year and build a sustainable, differentiated organization.

In Matter, Peter Sheahan and Julie Williamson show you how to identify the place where you can create the most value—your edge of disruption—at the intersection of old and new, where your existing profits, reach, and reputation enable you to create the markets of the future.

Keynote and Breakout Session Topics

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Optimism supercharges growth, connection, and success.

The speed of disruption is breakneck, and people can’t sustain focus and drive results when they are constantly responding with anxiety. A far better position for leaders is to help people to be changeable, resilient, and confident in themselves and the organization, and that starts with understanding how optimism fuels results.  

This engaging and energizing keynote effortlessly weaves together audience-appropriate examples, entertaining stories, and Julie’s personal experiences. It is relevant to all audiences, and Julie tunes each keynote to bring appropriate examples that are meaningful to your industry, association, or group.  Participants walk away with an appreciation for the power of optimism in their own leadership, and how they can tap into it with intention and purpose.  

View a virtual workshop presented by Julie and learn more about Intentional Optimism.

The missing piece for most leadership teams is defining HOW they want to lead together to deliver on their most ambitious goals. Julie shares stories from the field as well as her own experiences (good and bad) on leadership teams. She seamlessly weaves together her deep business acumen with social science to create an accessible and powerful view of what makes the best teams so successful.  

Every person in your audience will benefit from hearing about the KARRIKINS Diamond Triangle™ and how they can fill in the missing piece – the HOW of leadership. Because Julie tunes her keynotes to your audience, they will hear relevant and timely examples that resonate with their interests and experiences.  

Watch a virtual workshop from Julie about the HOW of leadership.

Don’t lead towards a strategy – Lead through it.

Study after study shows that strategies consistently fail to convert to results. And yet, strategy is a powerful accelerator when it is used as a tool to guide decision making and direction. In this engaging and provocative keynote, Julie challenges the audience to think about their own understanding of strategy and planning, and the risk that comes from focusing too much on plans at the expense of strategy. Participants will leave energized to lead through strategy and manage to plans as they drive their businesses forward.

Access more content on Julie’s approach to strategy, including white papers and videos.

Keynote Speaking Demo Reel & Sample Video

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