Julia Deaver is the Global Event Director for Winning by Design in Palo Alto, California and Co-Founder/Executive Director of the Impact Summit. A decade of experience in producing high-touch events as President of Hello Lovely Events and Design Co., Julia partners with some of the biggest events in Silicon Slopes and Silicon Valley while working directly with CEOs, Thinkers50 leaders, NY Times bestsellers, professional athletes, and billion-dollar entrepreneurs to create global impact.
Julia is also Partner at Profit Vault Venture Capital Fund, Strategic Partner with SOAR.com, Board Member/Co-founder for the Event Professionals Network- Bay Area and Professional Board Advisor for the Experience Design Management Program at Brigham Young University School of Management.
Julia has been featured in multiple broadcasts and publications, including ABC, NBC, FOX, CW30, Telemundo, and KSL as well as various Radio and Podcasts. Julia partners and volunteers with Operation Underground Railroad to end child slavery as well as supporting Orphanage Support Services Organization, EngageNowAfrica, and other non-profits for a better world.
Julia loves traveling, running, dancing and the ocean. She and her husband, Chris, have three beautiful children and live in Northern California. Julia splits her time between Salt Lake City and Northern CA.
Tell us about all the different companies, initiatives, and projects you're involved in?
I'm passionate about producing events that inspire, connect, and empower. I'm involved in a wide variety of events and companies: The Impact Summit, Working Moms Connection, Powerful U, Powerful Women, Silicon Slopes Tech Summit, Product PowerUp, Pitch Events, and Winning by Design Global events. I am also Strategic Partner with Profit Vault Venture Capital firm and Soar.com. I am an advisor and board member of the Experience Design Management program at BYU and am brand ambassador for Engage Now Africa. I support all initiatives that make the world a better place.
Operation Underground Railroad is a favorite non-profit of mine and I stand for women in business, especially women equality.
What has been your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement will always be my children. They are the light of my life and I am most proud of the fact I am a mom first and foremost. In my career, the Impact Summit is my greatest achievement, a start-to-finish 3 month project that I put my heart and soul into. I'm extremely proud of the results.
What keeps you up at night?
My dreams! I love my work and feel passion for all the good that can be done in the world. I dream of a life filled with adventure and impact. I strive to live ways to live it every day.
What is your advice for women juggling motherhood and career?
Love yourself. Live your dreams. Don't get stuck thinking you can't do things, or that other peoples' limits on you matter, they don't. You can be and achieve great and important things. Destiny is tapping you on the shoulder. Share your talents with the world. Start that non-profit. Write that book. Get that idea for a company going. Make it happen. You were born for this!
What is the most exciting or promising thing happening in the Salt Lake Valley?
The growth. Not just of business and entrepreneurship, which has been incredible, but the growth mindset in the people. There are so many people pursuing big dreams of creating amazing things. They're going after it, and it's inspiring to see. Look at how fast the tech industry has grown in Utah in such a short time. In Lehi, not many years ago, it used to just be Thanksgiving Point. Now, it's filled with countless companies trying to change the world. Amazing.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Travel and my passion for fashion.
What is your current state of mind?
Excited about the future.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Balance. Because it's not real. We each need to find what works best for us embracing the different, the unexpected and the unique.
On what occasion do you lie?
Only when trying to hide my insane obsession for Jack Black, sushi and chocolate.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Nothing. I love myself. And I love that I look different than everyone else. That's what makes us unique, that we're all beautiful in our own ways. The secret is to embrace it.