As a leadership coach, Julie works with individuals, pairs, groups and teams to expand their range so they can be their best selves. Much like a trainer at a gym, Julie works with clients to strengthen muscles they do not realize they even have, while giving over-developed muscles a rest so they can perform at their fullest potential.

Julie is passionate about cultivating strong leaders and creating high voltage teams. She believes people are capable of achieving greatness for themselves and it begins by  recognizing and “unlearning” their own self-imposed limits.

Julie specializes in coaching executives and teams in the advertising/marketing and finance industries. She designs and conducts custom programs around communication effectiveness, leadership development, team development and managing through change. She is also a frequent speaker for American Association of Advertising Agencies’ learning and development programs.

Julie’s background serves her well in her coaching practice. She is a former advertising executive who co-founded her own ad agency. She spent more than 20 years building both strong client relationships and high performing teams at global and boutique agencies. A lifelong athlete, Julie sees her role as much like that of a football coach. She was always struck by the words of legendary Dallas Cowboys head coach Tom Landry: “A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, so you can see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you’ve always known you could be.”

Today, her clients credit her with providing practical tools and strategies so they can create the impact they want. Julie is a results-driven coach who brings a unique blend of playfulness and pragmatism to her coaching process.

Julie’s certifications include:  Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF), Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) through Coaches Training Institute (CTI), graduate of CTI’s Co-Active Leadership Program, authorized facilitator for TCI’s Team Diagnostic Assessment, Myers & Briggs Type Indicator and The Leadership Circle Profile & Culture Survey.

While still a die-hard Chicagoan, Julie lives in New York City precisely 100 miles from her Catskills lake house, where she loves to toil in her garden and assail the many nearby hills on her road bike.

Julie Fotos, Certified Professional Coach