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Julie Lawson - Sentient Strategy. St. Louis, MO, US

Julie Lawson Julie Lawson

CEO | Sentient Strategy


Julie Lawson has 20 years' experience as a CEO, leadership trainer, strategy consultant and women's leadership expert.



Julie Lawson, author and CEO, leads Sentient Strategy and is a national women's leadership development and victimization expert. Her leadership training focuses on authentic, emotionally-intelligent, and culturally-inclusive leadership strategies that improve career trajectory and community impact. As a victim advocate, she served as a national speaker on resiliency and healing.

Julie previously served as the initial Executive Director of the Missouri Supreme Court's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness She served for 10 years as CEO of the Crime Victim Advocacy Center, the nation's oldest victim service agency, and as the first Executive Director of the Women's Foundation of Greater St. Louis.

Her career has been dedicated to advancing women in leadership as well as strengthening the community footprint of more than 30 nonprofit and socially-conscious companies. She has trained more than 2,000 leaders in leadership programs and customized workshops.

Julie holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and is certified in Change Leadership through Cornell University. She is a certified trainer in Diversity and Inclusion with the U.S. Department of Justice and a certified Terrorism Victimization Expert by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Julie has been recognized by the City of St. Louis, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Committee on Armed Services for her work with victims of violence and trauma.

As an entrepreneur, Julie founded three social ventures with St. Louis-area nonprofits, leading to a deep commitment to women’s entrepreneurship initiatives.

Industry Expertise (4)

Corporate Leadership


Professional Training and Coaching

Mental Health Care

Areas of Expertise (10)

Womens Issues



Community Leadership

Public Relations

Leadership Development


Social Ventures

Health & Healing

Women's Conference

Accomplishments (4)

Proclamation, City of Saint Louis (professional)

Nov 2015 City of Saint Louis, Missouri Proclamation (permanent) from the City of Saint Louis for work on behalf of victims of crime and violence.

Urban League Chairman's Award

Mar 2005 | Urban League of Metro St. Louis

Certified Change Management Professional (professional)

Julie is a certified change management professional who has helped nonprofits and small businesses manage the tactical and social implications of large change initiatives.

Advanced Certified Crisis Responder (professional)

Certified Crisis Responder with the National Organization of Victims Assistance

Education (4)

Cornell University Graduate School: Change Management and Organizational Leadership 2016

Washington University in Saint Louis: Business Administration Certificate, Nonprofit Management 2015

Lindenwood University: Master of Arts, Organizational Communication / Leadership 2003

Missouri Valley College: Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communications and Theater 1995

Affiliations (4)

  • Prosper Women Entrepreneurs : Committee Member; Mastermind Group Participant (Jan 2012 - Present)
  • Professional Women's Alliance : Member (April 2011 - Present)
  • National Association of Female Executives : Member (Jun 2010 - Present)
  • FOCUS St. Louis : Member; Women in Leadership Trainer (April 2010 - Present)

Languages (1)

  • German



  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Corporate Training


500 to 5000 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee