President of O’Mara and Associates, an organizational development consulting firm specializing in leadership, facilitation, and managing diversity.
An associate of the Management Research Group, she is certified to use its Leadership 360® process. She is the former director of communications for The Marmon Group, a billion-dollar international conglomerate. She began her career in marketing communications at Whirlpool Corporation.
She is co-author of Managing Workforce 2000: Gaining the Diversity Advantage, a bestseller published by Jossey-Bass and author of Diversity Activities and Training Designs. With Alan Richter she co-authored Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks in 2006.
A former National President of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), Julie is currently is a reviewer for the International Workplace Learning Awards. She is an Emeritus Member of the Diversity Collegium, professionals dedicated to advancing the field of Diversity, and a Sponsor Emeritus of Diversity 2000, a learning community of diversity professionals.
Among Julie’s professional honors are ASTD’s Torch Award for outstanding service; the ASTD Women’s Network Professional Leadership Development Award; the Honored Instructor Award from the University of California Extension, Berkeley; the Ben Bostic Trainer of the Year Award from ASTD’s Multicultural Network; and ASTD’s Valuing Differences Award presented to her and the Royal Bank of Canada. She has been named a Pioneer of Diversity by the Diversity Journal.
Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World (GDIB) is a free guidebook helping organizations in determining strategy and measuring progress for managing diversity and fostering inclusion. It is universal in scope, designed for all organizational types and sizes, sectors, industries, world regions, cultures, or approaches to diversity. Read more
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