About Julie

Keynote Speaker, Business Owner, & Author


Julie Shifman


Julie Shifman is an inspirational, award-winning speaker, author, and business owner. Julie believes in every woman’s ability to challenge herself and to grow as Julie herself continues to do. She started her career as a professional ballet dancer and then became a highly successful lawyer in New York City and Cincinnati before founding her company, Act Three, in 2008. She recently received the prestigious Athena award from Cincy Magazine, was named a “Woman to Watch” by the Cincinnati Enquirer and was named as a 2013 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts.

Through the story of her own personal transformations—from ballerina to law partner to stay-at-home mom to business owner—and through the stories of the remarkable women she has interviewed for her ground breaking book, Act Three:Create The Life You Want, Julie energizes women to achieve happiness and success in their career and in life.

In all of her inspirational and thought provoking keynotes, Julie speaks with passion, humor, and heart as she encourages women to imagine what’s next for them, and then to take one small step at a time to do it. And as a lawyer who made partner in her mega law firm while pregnant with her fourth child, Julie can also speak with true authority about the issues women face in advancing in their career.

Julie is the founder and president of Act Three, an organization that helps women define their next stage of life and create their own personal action plan for living out that life. She is also a certified coach and earned a certificate in Positve Psychology. Julie is the author of Act Three: Creating the Life You Want, and has also created a documentary film featuring many of the incredible women profiled in her book.

Keynote Speeches

Imagine…Then Do It!

In Julie’s signature talk, her message challenges women to open their minds to the endless possibilities that can result in a fulfilling next act. Ideal for women’s groups ages 40-65.

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The Science of Catching Happiness

Using personal stories and humor grounded in today’s scientific research, Julie shares her top five “happiness catchers”.

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Lean In For A Successful Career

In this keynote, Julie discusses important topics corporate women can learn from to create more success and happiness in their career and in life.

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