We recently caught up with Julie Kratz, leadership trainer, author, and founder of Next Pivot Point, about gender equality, ally-ship, and “doing it afraid.” She’ll be conducting her workshop, Men as Allies: Supporting Women for Gender Equality, at the 2018 Women’s Leadership Summit: FLUX.
Q: What would you say is your central mission for the work that you do?
A: At Next Pivot Point, we develop leaders and train women to build winning career game plans, while promoting gender equality.
Q: Have you always been interested in building ally-ship and fostering inclusion, or was there something that triggered that interest and passion for you?
A: I didn’t know it was my calling until I was in a 20+ person room one day with all women talking to those other women about the “women’s problem.” It dawned on me that we needed to involve our allies—men—in the conversation to make real change.
Q: What do you wish more people understood about ally-ship? Is there a particular thread that you think is overlooked or under-discussed?
A: I wish they understood that our allies can take on all shapes and forms—from mentors to sponsors to advocates and champions.
Q: What have you learned about mentorship over the course of your professional career?
A: Mentors are future versions of yourself. I found two mentors this year that have tremendously helped me grow my business. They foresee the challenges and help me be better.
Q: Do you have a productivity tip that you swear by?
A: Morning routine is key. Work out, meditation, journaling, and then planning the day intentionally.
Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
A: Do it afraid. Nothing is easy that is worthwhile. Push through the fear.
Q: Is there a book you recommend for professional women?
A: How Women Rise, by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith
Women’s Leadership Summit: FLUX will take place November 9th 2018 at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. Tickets available here