Julia L. Ritchie, M.A., Ed.M., L.C.S.W.Founder and President
It is a privilege that I get to spend my days supporting people who are trying to make a difference. I am passionate about helping leaders and organizations be the best they can be. My purpose is to help enable them to maximize their impact and to help them to unlock their potential to transform the world to be a better place for all people.
I bring a unique blend of organizational development and human behavior training to consult on a number of workplace-related issues with particular specialization in strategic planning and organizational change processes, leadership development and executive coaching. I have developed a consultative approach that builds on individual and organizational strengths, requires individual commitment and participation in solving challenges, and fosters personal and organizational growth.
I have had the opportunity to architect and facilitate strategic planning processes for a broad range of organizations, including: international nongovernmental organizations, philanthropic organizations, social enterprises, as well as, federal and state public institutions. I have established a reputation for effectively managing group processes to promote dialogue, bridge agendas, build consensus, while successfully meeting project objectives. I am a Master Facilitator and Certified Executive Coach who has been partnering with trustees and executive leadership teams for over 20 years.
Using a “high performing organizational framework” that I developed based in theory, research and real-life experience working hand-in-hand with mission-driven enterprises, we are able to apply a systems lens to understanding the organization in its current and historical context. I understand that making strategic choices, or undergoing organizational change, or striving to be an adaptive leader, all require tolerating ambiguity, managing complexity, and a willingness to lean into conflict while building a shared understanding that enables an organization to transform. My clients will tell you that I will lean in with you and provide thought partnership and guidance while helping you to navigate these processes successfully.
Before attaining my advanced degrees, I was a fundraising consultant in New York City. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Princeton University; a Master’s of Arts and a Master’s in Education in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University; a Master’s in Social Work Administration from Hunter School of Social Work. Currently, I am on the Advisory Board for the Pipeline Project, a leadership development program for LGBT leaders of color. I am committed to environmental causes, public land use preservation, restoration of the earth’s diverse ecosystems, and volunteer my time for The Nature Conservancy, Columbia Land Trust, and Scenic Hudson. I love to hike and kayak with my husband, Michael, and our labrador retriever, Raye.