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Julian Guthrie        

New York Times Best-Selling Author, Tech Start-Up Founder & CEO of Alphy

"A word geek."

That is how Julian Guthrie describes herself. A love of words, language, and storytelling has taken her from a childhood spent devouring books (and reading the dictionary!) to a 25-year career in daily journalism, where she won numerous awards and had her work nominated multiple times for the Pulitzer Prize. Guthrie has written five books, two of which are being adapted for television. Guthrie has interviewed some of the world's most successful and interesting people, from Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, Richard Branson, Peter Thiel and Elon Musk to Melinda Gates, Marissa Mayer, Christy Turlington, and the late Prof. Stephen Hawking (who wrote the afterword to her third book). Guthrie has spent years researching how men and women succeed – and it is not the same.

Driven by an understanding of how stories can open minds, change lives, and jumpstart industries, Guthrie founded a 501c3 national nonprofit, The Alpha Girls Institute, to support and spotlight the lives and stories of women and girls across the globe.

Guthrie is now the founder and CEO of a venture-backed SaaS (software as a service) company, Mindset Alpha, which uses targeted storytelling and guided community to enable companies to attract, retain, and promote women and allies in entirely new ways. Mindset Alpha is poised to change the game for women across industries, and will soon be rolled out to colleges and universities in the U.S.

Guthrie's personal story shows how a love of something — whatever it is — can take you far in life. "Going from a little girl who loved to read to journalism to author to the founder of a tech company actually feels like a continuum," Guthrie says. "I just took my love, my skills, and pivoted into new mediums. At its core, though, I'm still telling stories."

Speech Topics

How to Make a Spaceship

Lessons of the Unconventional: Bringing to life the stories of her New York Times best-selling book How to Make a Spaceship, Julian shares how failing forward, staying unwaveringly on course and unconventional collaborations have led to some of our world's most exciting innovations. On this journey, you will learn how to bring together characteristics you already possess to spark the innovator in all of us.

Alpha Girls

Founder of Alpha Girls Global, Julian will share stories from her latest book, Alpha Girls, about a group of women who managed to succeed in the male-dominated industry of tech and helped finance and build some of the foremost companies of our day. Julian provides a unique view inside the minds and lives of women pioneers to explain how women — especially those in male dominated industries — can succeed both at work and at home. Julian shows through unforgettable true stories how ordinary women become extraordinary.

The Power of Storytelling

Storytelling has the power to build trust, relationships, companies, and industries. It has the power to change minds and make history. Telling stories is critical to what we all do, whether as individuals, startups, nonprofits, or corporations. How do you, as your company leaders, convey your story to employees and to customers? How do you create a narrative for what you do, one that will connect with people in important ways? Julian will walk you through how how to tell your story, and make you think about storytelling in different ways using different mediums.

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