Julia Fox Garrison | Survivor, Motivator, Health Care Advocate, Global Speaker & Best-Selling Author

Julia is the author of Don't Leave Me This Way (or when I get back on my feet you’ll be sorry), Harper Collins Publisher. A memoir that chronicles her struggle to regain control over her life and her body following a massive hemorrhage resulting in a paralyzing stroke. The success of the book and the message it conveys led to a new career path for Julia as a motivational speaker, evangelizing for humanity in health care, our work, and in our personal relationships. Her message is universal and transcends far beyond a survivor’s handbook. It is not only about facing adversity and overcoming, but to live life to the fullest regardless of circumstances. Julia presents at doctor, nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, case manager, social worker conferences, as well as to patient advocacy groups, women's conferences, businesses, and communities, where she shares her story of personal triumph against overwhelming odds. Julia's life lessons will transform how to overcome and empower when the intruder called adversity knocks at our door. She will provide strategies on how to answer through attitude, choice and purpose. Julia has more than ten years of experience as an acclaimed national speaker. She is passionate about her message and relishes sharing it with receptive audiences. Most noteworthy about Julia's success as a speaker is that all of her engagements are the result of word-of- mouth-- someone hears her speak, believes in the message and, in turn, enthusiastically recommends her to some other organization. The distinguished list of client organizations continues to grow and broaden as Julia's message touches more and more people. ​ Before her stroke, Julia had a successful career as a manager in software customer support. Rapid advancement through the ranks of her company was within her grasp when she suffered the debilitating injury, effectively ending her career in the corporate world. And thus began her journey of rediscovery and reinvention as author, health care advocate and motivational speaker. Julia was raised in Andover, MA, in a loving if chaotic household with eight brothers, an upbringing that no doubt made her battle-ready for the literal fight for her life. Julia lives with her husband Jim, son Rory, and dog Shaggy in a suburb outside Boston, where she is working on writing projects as she continues to overcome the effects of stroke. KEYNOTES: ★ Healthcare: My Journey on the Gurney: Perspective Inside the Bed Rails Julia's presentations qualify for CME/CEU/CM contact hours. Julia is an expert in the patient experience and is well-versed on each side of the bed rails--from the viewpoint both as a long-term patient and as a family member advocating for a loved one. Her perspective informs her insights on what leads to better-quality health care and improved patient experience that ultimately shape better outcomes. Julia has been hospitalized so many times she likes to say she has earned a PHD (Patient Healthcare Discoveries)--a blueprint for how not to let the system dictate the direction, pace, and objectives of one’s recovery. As a long-term patient, Julia has intimate knowledge of the healthcare system and how it works. Her perspective from inside the bed rails informs her insights on what leads to better-quality healthcare and improved patient experience. Her presentations have been widely acclaimed by many healthcare organizations, including nurses, doctors, case management, social workers, healthcare administrators, pharmaceuticals, as well as occupational and physical therapy and speech therapy conferences. Talking Points • Integrate humanity into the treatment will shape better patient experiences and outcomes • Improving relationships through communication that connects and humanizes • Power of time, plateaus, and word choice • Person-centered care avoids labels and percentages • Importance of positive attitude and humor in overcoming adversity • Patient is the nucleus but loved ones must be included in the scope of the care • Resiliency is essential on both sides of the bed rails • Goal setting: bridging the path from care-provider to self-determined living • Nurture teamwork not personal egos • Preserving and maintaining dignity • Person focus vs. illness focus delivers better recovery results • Synchronize the medical treatment with the human spirit ★ Leadership: Overcoming Adversity with Attitude, Choice, and Purpose Leaders must embrace openness and honesty in dealing with customers and employees. Treat people with respect and compassion. Listen to their point of view. Encourage a culture of dialog and exchange. It will pay dividends far beyond the bottom line. When speaking to leaders at corporate and professional conferences, Julia emphasizes the importance of effective communication, passion and compassion in effective leaders. She makes her case with gut-wrenching honesty, peppered with irreverent humor. Talking Points • Effective communication creates connections • A manager is the fulcrum of a team • Mistakes are part of the process to success • Kindness pays dividends; lack of kindness leads to costly loss of business • Success occurs when loyalty to a common cause develops ★ A keynote for Everyone: emPOWer U Julia presents to communities, faith-based groups, and women's symposiums where she highlights the importance of tapping into inner strength, making positive choices, and finding purpose. Through her own adversity she earned a unique PHD (Personal Happiness Discoveries) which she shares in the presentation entitled: emPOWer U--Strategies to a Better YOU! ​Talking Points • Live your life's purpose on PURPOSE • Self-talk is an inside job • Say Goodbye to embarrassment • Sustain happiness through habit • Overcome with resilience & attitude • Maintain Integrity/Preserve Dignity • ​Intuition that Informs • Exercise forgiveness • Practice gratitude • Be a champion of your life


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4 Reviews
Events Director, AHA Greater Midwest Affiliate
I’d recommend her (JuliA) for any event.

I’ve heard nothing but exceptional and positive feedback on Julia from sponsors and individuals... Everyone felt inspired, motivated, and thoroughly enjoyed Julia’s personality. She’s witty, fun, honest, and quite humorous! I’d recommend her for any event.

September 2019

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President of Highliner International Foods
Folks are still talking about it...

Folks are still talking about it ... I've even noticed a developing theme around here of people saying stuff like ... I'm not sure that can be done ... yet. Which is totally awesome!

September 2019

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Northeast Hospital Corp.,Vice President, Human Resources and Development
Julia is an outstanding speaker...

Julia is an outstanding speaker...she is passionate, funny, engaging, energizing and really challenges the audience to think differently about healthcare.

September 2019

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