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Julie Austin    

Award-Winning Author, Inventor & Futurist

Julie Austin is an award-winning author, inventor, futurist, innovation speaker, and member of the World Future Society. She’s an internationally known thought leader on the topic of innovation, and CEO of the consulting firm Creative Innovation Group. She’s been a keynote innovation speaker for corporations such as Procter & Gamble, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Northrop Grumman, and Cognizant Technology Solutions. She’s also been featured in the books “Patently Female” and “Girls Think of Everything”.

Her patented product, swiggies, wrist water bottles, have been a NASDAQ product of the year semi finalist and are currently sold in 24 countries. Julie and her products have appeared on The Today Show, The Queen Latifa Show, HGTV, Lifetime, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX News, Inc. magazine, Fast Company, and the Wall Street Journal, along with dozens of TV shows, magazines and radio shows around the world.

Speech Topics

Creative Ways to Treat Your Employees Like Royalty… When You Have a Commoner’s Budget

If you asked most people how you would keep employees, they would probably answer “Pay them more”. That sounds simple, but it’s not really the full answer. First of all, every day there are people who work low paying jobs that they love, and there are people who leave high paying jobs that they hate. So, the answer is a little more complicated.

Inventor and innovator Julie Austin believes the answer lies in the corporate culture. According to the Department of Labor Statistics, the average American spends over 1,811 hours a year at work. That’s a lot of time out of your life. If a company wants to make sure they get good employees and keep good employees they need to have a company culture that makes people want to go to work every day. All of your employees will have a different reason for why they chose the career path they chose. It’s important to find out what they really want and make them as happy as possible, especially if you can’t pay them more money.

Creating a welcoming, inclusive and fun atmosphere takes some creative, out of the box thinking. But it will pay off in spades and is worth the time to find and keep truly happy employees.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to find out what your employees REALLY want

  • Why it’s important to let your employees fail

  • Why creativity and innovation are the key to a fun workplace

  • How your employees can be your best recruiting tool

  • How to include employees in the big picture and let them take “ownership”

The Downside of Average

The number one response palliative nurses get when they ask their dying patients about regrets is that they wished they’d had the courage to live a life true to themselves and not a life others expected of them.

To do that, you have to step outside of your comfort zone and be willing to fail. And most people will do anything to avoid failure. But if you always play it safe, you’ll always just be average. If you follow the crowd and do what everybody else is doing, you’ll always just be average.

In “The Downside of Average” inventor and risk-taking innovator Julie Austin explores the downside of not living up to your true potential. She takes the audience through a journey of ordinary people who lived extraordinary lives and dared to be different. She goes through the steps of how to rewrite the story of your own life the way you want it written… without any regrets.

If you don’t have the courage to fail spectacularly, you’ll never succeed spectacularly.

“The Downside of Average” is a look into the future with a clear vision of what your life could be if you’re willing to step outside your comfort zone.


  • Why you have to embrace failure if you want to succeed

  • How inventors and innovators dare to dream big

  • How group think keeps you from living your best life

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