As a leadership coach, Julie works with individuals, pairs and teams to expand their range so they can access their full potential and reap all the benefits that come from it. Much like a trainer at a gym, Julie works with clients to strengthen muscles they did not realize they had, while giving over-developed muscles a rest.

Julie is passionate about cultivating strong leaders and creating high voltage teams. She believes people are capable of achieving greatness by recognizing and “unlearning” their own self-imposed beliefs. Julie has extensive experience coaching senior executives and teams in the advertising, marketing, finance and tech start up industries. She designs and conducts  programs for communication effectiveness, leadership development, team development and managing through change. She is also a speaker for American Association of Advertising Agencies’ learning and development programs.

Julie’s background serves her well in her coaching practice. She spent 25 years building both strong client relationships and high performing teams at global and boutique agencies, ultimately co-founding her own agency with her creative partner. A lifelong athlete, Julie sees her role as much like that of a football coach. She was always struck by the words of legendary football 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 with others. Julie is a results-driven coach who brings a unique blend of humor and pragmatism to her coaching process. Above all, she is a relentless champion of her clients. Julie loves being inspired by them and witnessing their incredible acts of courage.

While forever 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’s certifications include:

Certified Professional Co-Active Coach through Coaches Training Institute

Professional Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation

Certified in Coaches Training Institute’s Co-Active Leadership Program

Authorized practitioner of TCI Team Diagnostic Assessment™

Authorized practitioner in Myers Briggs Type Indicator™

Certified practitioner in The Leadership Circle 360˚ Profile & Culture Survey™

Julie Fotos, Certified Professional Coach