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Naked Conversations: Race, Culture, & Beyond

Mar 13, 2018

This conversation with Julie almost felt like the continuation of an ongoing conversation, even though it was the first time we’d actually talked!  Our professional backgrounds, passions, and experiences kept overlapping in unexpected ways. I had to contain myself from interrupting all the time to say, “Oh my gosh, yes!”

Julie has a calming presence, with loads of experience and wisdom to share. I loved hearing the stories of how her work has evolved, how she’s been shaped by motherhood, and how her own leadership keeps expanding as she expands Mother’s Quest.

We talk about so much, from personal challenges, to losing ourselves in motherhood, to the power of storytelling to feel our common humanity, to activism. Listen, enjoy, and share away.

We talk about:
  • An inspiring definition of courage (from a 14 year old!)
  • What it means to live an EPIC life
  • The moment that moved her to activism
  • Using growth mindset to explore challenging topics
  • Leadership and permission
  • An incredible story of two birds in a her house, and their timely lesson
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More about Julie:

Julie Neale is a life and leadership coach and a facilitator. She’s also a community builder, dedicated to creating understanding and connections across differences. After a 20-year career as a leader in youth-serving nonprofit organizations, Julie turned her focus to coaching, training at the Coaches Training Institute, and facilitating a group process known as “reflection” for youth development professionals.

She founded her for-purpose venture, Mother’s Quest, to provide inspiration, coaching and community for herself and other mothers who want to live what she calls an E.P.I.C. life. She hosts the Mother’s Quest Podcast, where she shares her own and other women’s stories about the transformative experience of parenting at

In the fall of 2017, she launched the Women Podcasters in Solidarity Initiative as a twice yearly effort to raise awareness and dollars for social justice issues through the power of podcasting. The first focus of the Initiative was on Anti-Racism and the Movement for Black Lives, with over a dozen women podcasters contributing. Julie recorded three powerful episodes on this topic, one with human rights attorney Nicole Lee, a second with “Rad Women” author and activist Kate Schatz, and a third with the co-founder of Mothers Against Police Brutality.

Julie received her Masters in City Planning, Community Development from UC Berkeley and a BA in Communication Studies from UCLA, where she met her husband. She currently lives with her husband and two boys in the San Francisco Bay Area.

You connect with Julie at: for the facebook group

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