Julie Gillis is a consultant and public speaker. She loves helping innovators raise funds and investors, build community, and enhance board growth. Her goal is to analyze, advise, and transform your systems so that your organization can soar.
She speaks, writes, and consults with vulnerability, warmth, and humor as her clients forge the most impactful narrative in their story whether personal or organizational.
She is skilled in consulting and facilitating on traditional business topics - fundraising and development, staff and board dynamics, systems issues, but is especially passionate about supporting organizations focused on complex issues - working with the everyday radicals who work in human rights advocacy and the advocacy of the body.
What is an everyday radical? Someone whose work, even if the subject seems traditional, is markedly new, innovative, or on the edge of change. Someone who works both within and without the bounds of expectation. Someone who works from the root or source, or seeks that source to shift culture. These are progressive leaders, artists, activists, and change agents who want more than the status quo.
Her professional and consulting work includes non-profit organizations such as Southern Oregon PBS, Planned Parenthood of SW Oregon, Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Lotus Rising Project, Ashland New Plays Festival, Ashland Children’s Theatre, Twin Heroes Productions, Collaborative Theatre Project, The Rogue Valley Messenger, Salvage Vanguard Theater, The Vortex Rep, The Woodhull Foundation, Lilith Fund, NARAL Pro Choice Texas, New Leaders Council Austin, Shift Stigma, the UT Gender and Sexuality Center, Queerbomb and the Day of the Dead Race.
As a speaker, Julie presents spirited talks on community building and development, storytelling, diversity, public speaking, relationships, grief, reproductive justice, human rights and LGBTQ advocacy, and creativity. She’s presented at SXSW, TED X Great Hills, Southern Oregon University, The Women’s Leadership Conference at SOU, The AAUW Rogue Valley, Southern Oregon Public Television, The University of Texas at Austin, Woodhull Foundation and emceed at TED X Ashland, The Texas Observer, BedPost Confessions Austin, and many other events. She has coached countless speakers and writers as they shared their projects onstage and off.
She has curated, coached, and supported over ten years of community storytelling events in Austin, Dallas, Washington DC, San Francisco, Boulder, Ashland, Atlanta, Edmonton, Alberta, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She produced the only women’s comedy festival in Texas, Ladies Are Funny Festival for six years, and was a founding steering committee member of 14/48 Austin: The Worlds Quickest Theater Festival.
Julie’s mission is to help get your story out of you, into the world, with a community and resources so it can thrive.