About

Dr. Julie Connor: Keynote SpeakerAs a keynote speaker, educator, and consultant, I help others build bridges of understanding through communication, collaboration, and inclusion.

My Personal Belief:  I believe conversations can heal the world.

My Professional Mission:  I help others build bridges of understanding through communication, collaboration, and inclusion.

My Professional Purpose:  I want to inspire the world with hope.

  • I’ve motivated and inspired audiences for 30+ years.
  • I provide leadership training and empower groups with tools to build teamwork and collaboration.
  • I help groups clarify their direction with powerful vision and mission statements and goal-setting strategies.
  • I’ve built successful educational and training programs throughout the country.
  • I like to learn. My doctoral degree (Ed.D.) is in educational leadership.  I received mission, vision, and collaboration training through the Lilly Endowment.
  • I provide keynote presentations and facilitate discussions about diversity and inclusion.
  • I equip others with communication and conflict resolution skills.
  • Check out these testimonials and recommendations from those who have seen me in action.

I show others how to transform challenges into opportunities.  I help schools and churches, businesses and organizations get clear about their direction and create attainable goals.  

Dr. Julie Connor - Keynote SpeakerAbout This Site

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

SPEAKING – Invite me to speak to your church, school, business, or organization.  Check out some of my most popular workshops and presentations.

CONTACT ME  I provide keynote presentations and workshops.  You can also ask questions, share something you’d like me to know about you, or request more information.

TESTIMONIALS  Get first-hand reviews from those who’ve shared how my my presentations and resources inspired them.

TRAILBLAZER STORE  Check out my personal goal-setting book, Dreams to Action Trailblazer’s Guide.  Download free planning tools to help you reach your goals.

TAKE ACTION BLOG – Find articles with tips to celebrate personal growth, inspire you with a positive mindset, strengthen leadership skills, build strong relationships, and create teamwork and collaboration. 

PODCASTS – Listen to discussions I share with other movers and shakers throughout the world.

WHAT’S YOUR DREAM? – Discover how you or your group can clarify your direction. 

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

Dr. Julie Connor: Keynote Speaker (at Wo-He-Lo Woods)

About Me

I was born in Omaha, Nebraska and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. 

I was painfully shy, but loved to sing and perform on stage. 

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.

My Catholic high school closed when I was a freshman (That’s me in the red sweater in the photo below at  Corpus Christ High School).

I learned about others cultures and religions from my new friends at my public high school.

Dr. Julie Connor - Keynote Speaker (Corpus Christ High School, St. Louis, MO)

I loved going to church and youth events with my friends from backgrounds that were different from my own. This profoundly shaped my commitment to conversations about diversity and inclusion.

I did not have strong personal boundaries or communication skills.  I was a target for bullying because I did not know how to defend myself.

When I was old enough to attend college, I was ready to reinvent myself.  I moved across the state and attended the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO.

I was president of the Student Government Association.  I had many opportunities to learn leadership skills.

Dr. Julie Connor - Jennings Sr. High School, Jennings, MO (St. Louis County)

I took agriculture classes in college because I wanted to live on a farm.  I loved animals.

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

I became a youth minister. My ministry was strongly shaped by collaborative small group experiences I shared with friends in youth groups in high school and college.

I wrote and directed celebrations that merged traditional rituals with current social justice issues.

Dr. Julie Connor - About Me

I created workshops for adults and teen leaders about how to address tough issues like bullying and how to 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.

About Dr. Julie Connor, Ed.D.

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

The remarkable stories shared by my 7th grade students changed all of us and deepened our relationships.

I created a safe place for kids to write and talk about themselves and controversial topics they cared about.

I went back to school and earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership.

My school district downsized. I lost my job.Dr. Julie Connor - About Me (at UMKC)

The loss of my job offered an opportunity to reinvent myself (again) as a keynote speaker.

I empower others with goal-setting strategies and leadership tools.

I wrote a personal goal-setting book, Dreams to Action Trailblazer’s Guide.

I show groups how to launch successful youth programs and prepare youth, teachers, and adult volunteers with leadership training.

Dr. Julie Connor - About Me

I encourage others to refuse to be defined by labels and to pursue personal passions in my TED talk.

I believe conversations can heal the world. I facilitate conversations about diversity and inclusion, and important social issues.

I empower youth and adults with communication and conflict resolution skills before someone hurts themselves or others.

I pay it forward.  I provide goal-setting workshops for at-risk youth and families in Kansas City’s urban core.

I still love animals.  I have two dogs (Sox and Snickers).  I can’t save all of the abandoned animals who need homes, but I can save two of them.

About Dr. Julie Connor, Ed.D.

I love to network and connect with others through social media!   My social media links are in the upper right-hand corner of this website page.  Let’s CONNECT!

The Adventure Continues …