I help teens talk about tough topics like mental illness and suicide. 

I show caring adults how to provide positive, safe support for children and teens.

We Can Stomp on S.T.I.G.M.A.  Together!

  • Learn mental health crisis signs

  • Open communication channels

  • Provide safe support networks

  • Offer mental health resources

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

My Mission:  I help teens and adults talk about tough topics like mental illness and suicide.  I teach effective communication skills.  I provide teens with peer leadership training.

My Purpose:  I inspire teens with hope.

  • I have 30+ years of teaching and program direction experience as a classroom teacher, youth minister, teen leadership trainer, and youth program coordinator.
  • My doctoral degree (Ed.D.) is in educational leadership.
  • I have 1000+ hours of mental health education and training.  I promote mental health awareness at school assemblies and events.
  • I empower teens with peer leadership training and build peer leadership teams in middle and high schools throughout the country.
  • I equip youth and adults with communication and conflict resolution skills to encourage positive conversations between adults and teens AND teens with one another.

Dr. Julie Connor - Keynote SpeakerAbout This Site

SPEAKING – Invite me to speak at your school assembly or event.  Check out some of my most popular workshops and presentations.

CONTACT ME  I provide keynote presentations and workshops.  Ask questions, request information, or invite me to speak at your event.

TESTIMONIALS  Hear from those who’ve shared how my my presentations impacted their schools and the lives of their students and families.

STORE  Check out my personal goal-setting book, Dreams to Action Trailblazer’s Guide.  Download free goal-setting planning tools.

BLOG – Find articles that explore mental health issues, suicide, bullying, as well as  communication skills, peer leadership training, and ways to surround youth with positive support.


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 had NO 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 was president of the Student Government Association at my university.

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

I became a youth minister because I loved working with children and teens.

I trained youth to be peer leaders and formed a teen leadership team. They shared their leadership gifts in small groups, at their schools, and in the community.

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.

I created a safe place for students to share their stories and discuss controversial topics.

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

My school district downsized. I lost my job.

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

I created communication and conflict resolution programs and workshops for high school and college students.

I reinvented myself – again! – as a school assembly speaker.

I help youth and adults discuss mental illnessbullying, and suicide.

I show schools, churches, and organizations how to launch successful youth programs and provide youth and adults with leadership training.

I encourage youth to pursue their personal passions in my TED talk.

Connect with me on SOCIAL MEDIA!   My social media links are in the upper right-hand corner of this website page.

Invite me to speak at your SCHOOL ASSEMBLY or event!