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)
Professional Training and Coaching
Mental Health Care
Areas of Expertise (10)
Health & Healing
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
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
- 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)
- Workshop Leader
- Corporate Training