I help teens & adults talk about tough topics like mental health awareness.
I empower others with communication skills.
I prepare teens to be leaders & adults to be mentors & role models.

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

My Mission:  As a TED and school assembly speaker, educator, and mental health consultant, I help teens and adults talk about tough topics like mental health awareness, bullying, substance abuse, and suicide prevention.  I teach effective communication skills that help others share their experiences, strength, and hope.

My Purpose:  I launch courageous conversations that inspire hope.

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.  I was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority and an advocate for multicultural inclusion on campus.

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 prepared youth to be leaders in their churches, schools, and communities.

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 the 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 TED and school assembly speaker.

I help youth and adults discuss mental illnessbullying, substance abuse, and suicide prevention at schools, churches, and organizations and at events and conferences.

I show others how to launch successful youth programs and provide youth and adults with leadership training.

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

As a certified Sources of Strength trainer.  I am thrilled to be a member of the Kansas City Sources of Strength team that prepares adult advisors and peer leaders with skills to inspire help, hope, and strength in their schools.

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