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Hi, I’m Julia and Here's My Story
First and foremost, I come from an amazing family. As the oldest of 6 kids, I helped my mom, who worked part-time, with all the kids while my dad commuted across state lines. My parents are incredible- they both earned masters degrees and raised 6 children while launching successful careers. From a young age, they told us we were capable of anything as long as you work hard enough.
I took this to heart and jumped into college right after high school. To make it all happen, I worked 50 hours a week in addition to full-time school to get my degree. This drive carried over into my career and I was promoted to my first management role at 17. I was terrified and had no idea what I was doing. However, I had a boss who saw something in me and knew I could do it.
As a young leader, I struggled for years with earning the respect of my colleagues and employees. It's hard to feel confident and capable when your average employee is a decade or more older than you! However, I worked my butt off, took every class I came across, and read every book on leadership I could find. It was hard work, but it was also exciting and rewarding!
In 2019, I vowed that this would be the year I took my career to the next level. I published my first academic article, enrolled in a leadership institute, started two masters degrees, and joined several committees and organizations in the library world. To my surprise, these activities all lead me to the same conclusion- my true passion and calling was in the world of leadership development!
I hold a Bachelor of Science in Social Science from Jacksonville University and am currently completing a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Jacksonville University and a Master of Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University.
I'm a proud graduate of the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute and currently serve on the Training, Orientation, and Leadership Development Committee for the American Library Association.
My peer-reviewed article "So many students, so little time: Practical student worker training in an academic library" appeared in the Journal of Access Services in January of 2020. My case study analysis "Alice in SWOTerland" is forthcoming in the Rowman and Littlefield publication Case Histories in Library Management.
I am a member of:
American Management Association
Association for Talent Development
National Career Development Association
Society for Human Resource Management
National Association of Women in Business
American Library Association