TNH Speaker Series, Meet the Speaker
TNH is honored that Julianna Reed from I Am That Girl (www.iamthatgirl.com) recently spoke with our group and shared her insights. "The New Hollywood" Women's Goal Group Inc. Speaker Series blog posts are written to highlight TNH speakers and support TNH’s mission of goal setting, support, education, and charity. Each TNH member sets 12 yearly goals so we’ve created 12 questions because we want our readers and TNH to get to know our speakers their projects!
TNH Speaker Series: Meet the Speaker Questionnaire
1. Where were you born and where have you lived? I was born in the small town of 29 Palms, CA, right next door to Joshua Tree. I have lived in Santa Barbara, Malibu, Washington DC, London, San Francisco and beautiful sunny Los Angeles.
2. What three words would your best friend use to describe you? I posed the question to my best friend/soulmate and my incredible boyfriend, which was kinda fun! She answered: creative, honest and compassionate. He answered: strong, intelligent, beautiful
3. If you were a super hero what powers would you have? Always a fun question…my super powers would be the ability to teleport (seems quicker than flying) and the ability to change people’s negative thoughts into positive ones.
4. What four people living or dead would you like to invite to a dinner party? Tina Fey, Maya Angelou, Gioconda Belli and Marianne Williamson
5. What charity are you passionately involved in and why? Outside of my incredible work with IATG, I am passionately in domestic violence women’s shelter, Sojurn, here in Santa Monica. I volunteer once a week, facilitating the support groups. The work they do is absolutely incredible.
6. What was the best advice you were ever given? To “be the water”. My dad has always said it to my sister and I growing up. It reminds us to walk our own path, be true to ourselves, don’t get hung up on the banks or rocks that might enter your path, but flow on powerful, peaceful and strong.
7. What do you wish you would have known sooner? So many things, but I also enjoy and savor the process of life. I wish I would have known sooner that it is ok not to be perfect. That I can’t fix everything and some things are ok to be left. It doesn’t fall on me to fix.
8. What is your proudest achievement? My proudest achievement would be when I went back to my university and gave a talk to over 400 students, on a topic that was not only extremely vulnerable for me, but extremely honest. I was able to turn my pain and learning into something positive and helpful for others.
9. What is your greatest hurdle and how did you overcome it? My greatest hurdle to date was overcoming the domestic violence relationship I was in for 4 years. The ending of it, the finding myself again, the anger, hurt and peace. All of it. It has been an incredible journey, one that I still struggle with. I did a lot of self reflection, therapy, honest talks with myself, friends and loved ones.
10. What is your five year goal? In 5 years I want to be happier financially, married and working on that beautiful chapter with my boyfriend, continuing to grow in my role at IATG and have brought to fruition my own passion projects that I have been stewing on that are bursting with anticipation to create.
11. What is your motto for 2014? To not be afraid to ask for what I need - in life, love, friendship and of myself.
12. What is your favorite quote? “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson
*Please note that not all experiences, beliefs and ideas are shared by each member of the “The New Hollywood.” We are a group of shepherds, not sheep.
Juli is a dynamic, creative, and purpose driven “Jackie of all trades." After graduating from Pepperdine University, Juli’s path led her into the wondrous world of the fashion industry. As successful as she was in her career, she couldn’t ignore the inner voice that was tugging at her heart, becoming increasingly louder, and reminding her that her true passion was working to empower women and girls. She found exactly what her heart had been searching for in I AM THAT GIRL! She uses her unique skills, knowledge of various industries and creative eye to manage various programs and projects for the organization. Juli wholeheartedly believes that one’s passion can become their career and she wakes up thankful every day.