At the heart of any great challenge, is adventure. And Julie Harrelson has lived and worked at the edge of adventure her entire career.
Whether running sled dogs in Alaska, leaping off a volcanic cliff into the icy waters of the Hvita River in Iceland, piloting a boat into Canadian waters, opening up a new territory for disruptive technologies or starting up businesses, Julie’s personal sense of adventure has led to substantial expertise in navigating complex environments.
As the CEO of Harrelson Group, Julie is a trusted advisor to many leaders. Her myriad leadership roles have seen her found two businesses and navigate four distinctly different careers. She has served as a CEO, VP, VP of Sales, Director of Education, Senior Consultant and Fund Manager.
Harrelson’s clients have included Port of Portland, Providence, Portland Development Commission (PDC), Oregon Health Network (OHN), Greater Portland Inc., Starbucks, Nike, State of California, United Way of New Orleans, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and many others in the areas of strategic and executive counsel and coaching, business planning, operational and technical strategy development, communications strategy and leadership development.
Julie’s adventurous spirit extends to investing time and resources to new solutions in our community as well. She currently sits on the Dean’s Advisory Council at Portland State University’s College of Urban and Public Affairs and as Development Chair on the Metropolitan Family Service Board. In addition, she served as Executive Director for Women in Technology, and as the Chair of the Center for Women’s Leadership, working with Governor Barbara Roberts, Secretary of State Kate Brown and others to found this new non-partisan Center housed at Portland State University.
Above all, Julie is an accelerator. She believes that whatever the challenge, you can get there from here. Clients describe her as calm and results oriented, strategizing with them to find the best way forward. Her carefully curated complement of consultants at Harrelson Group deliver creative and dynamic results. Combined, all of these experiences have developed in Julie an intuitive sense of what is necessary to prepare for change while serving as a guide to clients as they bravely imagine and create their own, better future.
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