“Choices, not Circumstance”

Audience: Grades 4 – 12

Length: 45-60 minutes

This moving and dynamic presentation challenges students to reassess their life’s choices and journey,and gives them tools to use when they are faced with difficult circumstances. Julie recounts her own powerful and heart-wrenching challenges in life, such as surviving a horrific car accident caused by a drunk driver, to losing her best friend in high school to an accidental drug overdose. Her strategies and strength which ultimately led her to living a successful and courageous life, are not only inspiring, but are applicable to anyone.

Learning outcomes of “Choices, not Circumstance” include:

  • Understanding that circumstances do not define you, your choices do
  • Understanding the true meaning of positive self-identity
  • Overcoming challenges in a positive way
  • Making smart choices and not falling victim to peer pressure
  • Building Self-Confidence
  • Benefits of positive thinking and attitude
  • How to be a leader, not a follower
  • Building resilience and grit


“I got this!”

Audience: Grades 6-12

Length: 45-60 minutes

Youth are bombarded with unrealistic images and false realities through social media, TV, video games and their peers. The result of this is low self-esteem and negative body image which can lead to bigger problems such as cyber-bullying, eating disorders, self-harm and at worst suicide.

Learning outcomes of “I got this” include:

  • Debunking the myths of the media
  • Changed perspective on the images seen on social media
  • Self-validation and acceptance
  • Encouraging Self-love
  • Encouraging the sisterhood/friendship
  • Ending the no-win game of comparison


“Bully be gone”

Audience: Grades K-12

Length: 45-60 minutes

Julie presents an interactive anti-bullying campaign suited to K-12.  During this interactive presentation, students learn:

  • How to proactively deal with a bully
  • Why bullies do what they do, and how to respond in a positive and empowering manner
  • The behaviors that constitute bullying and how to counteract them
  • To value themselves despite having experienced bullying
  • To empower themselves and to manage their external environment and pressures in healthy ways
  • Strategies to change their mindset from negative to positive, to not only deal with a bullying situation, but any challenge that life throws their way


“Red Ribbon Week presentation”

Audience: Grades 4-12

Length: 45-60 minutes

A powerful, interactive presentation highlighting anti-alcohol, anti-drugs and anti-tobacco messages based on Julie’s own personal experiences of losing her best friend in High School to an accidental drug overdose, as well as surviving a horrific car accident she endured caused by a drunk driver.

This is a raw and moving presentation aimed at taking the shine off drug and alcohol experimentation in youth, and exposing the harsh truths about using drugs, alcohol and tobacco.


“College & Career Mastery”


Audience: 6th – 12th Grade

Length: 60 minutes/session

Working with the California Department of Education and the ECCCO curriculum standards and 21st Century Learning Skills, I have created a comprehensive “College and Career Mastery” Training Program for middle school and high school students, to prepare them to successfully transition from middle school to high school, and then on to the college/university and the career of their choice.

This program systematically develops the vital life and professionalism skills that are necessary to achieve success in the current economic climate.

Please visit College & Career Mastery for further information.


“How To Create a Career & Life You Love, While Avoiding Burnout”

Audience: Adults

Length: 60 minutes

In this strategy-filled presentation, Julie gives educators and administrators the tools they need to prioritize their lives in a way that creates balance, which in turn creates happiness. This presentation focuses on how the individual can re-align themselves with what’s important to them, to live a fulfilling life.

Julie C Kelly is a great speaker.  She is positive and she made me believe in myself more than ever before and she encouraged me to never give up on myself.
– Veronica Hernandez, Blair High School, Pasadena CA

Ideal events for Julie’s presentation:

  • Middle School and High School Assemblies
  • Student Leadership Conferences
  • Classroom Sessions
  • Orientations
  • Student Conferences/Workshops
  • Retreats/Camps
  • Career Fairs
  • Graduations/Commencement programs
  • Teen Summits
  • Summer Camp Programs
  • Youth/Teen/Student Events
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Teacher Trainings

Kenote Speaker with

  • Keynote Speaker; Think Kindness
  • Keynote Speaker Operation Smile International Conference
  • Keynote Speaker for City of Los Angeles Summer Camp Program
  • Keynote Speaker National Academy Foundation (NAF)
  • Keynote Speaker & Workshop presenter Nevada HOSA
  • Keynote Speaker New Hampshire HOSA Fall Leadership Conference
  • Keynote Speaker Southern California 4-H
  • Keynote Speaker Strive for Strength
  • Keynote Speaker Riverside County FNL Program Red Ribbon Week
  • Keynote Speaker Riverside County Red Ribbon Week
  • HOBY Cal-Central SLC Speaker
  • CAL-HOSA SLC Speaker
  • HOSA International Student Leadership Conference Speaker
  • College & Career Readiness Trainer with Pasadena Unified School District
  • Workshop presenter HOSA National Leadership Conference
  • California Department of Education- Teacher Training
  • National Consortium for Health Science Education- Teacher Training
  • Health Educators Summit- CA Dept of Education
  • Friday Night Live-Teacher and Student Training Speaker
  • Soroptimist International
  • Pasadena Unified School District
  • Arcadia Unified School District
  • Ideal Youth, Inc.
  • Collective Voices Organization
  • Pasadena Youth Council
  • Pasadena Education Foundation
  • Julie’s own 9-Week Teen Empowerment Summer Camp Program, CA.