Looking to help elevate this generation of game changers who impact this world in beautiful ways, Julianne Knopp is challenging us to step into what we are capable of — as long as your intentions are right and you put your heart, soul and mind to it, anything truly is possible. She is genuine, she is making a difference, and she is this week’s #WomenOfAce.
ACE: What are you up to? ( Your current hustle )
Julianne: I am an executive coach with Novus Global.
ACE: Why is this important to you? ( Where did this passion come from? )
Julianne: I really believe in the power of coaching. Lives are radically changed through this work, and not just the people who are being coached. It is a ripple effect in families, companies and communities. My vision is to raise up a generation of game changers who impact this world in beautiful ways, and coaching is one medium to accomplish this.
ACE: What was your dream job growing up? How do you think this has influenced who you are today?
Julianne: My dream job was to be a dentist and my reasoning was after having an incredible experience at the dentist office where I was made to feel as though I was the bravest kid in the whole world. So while I do not have a passion for dentistry, that has for sure influenced me and shaped who I am today. I am on a mission to see people living into their bravest selves and pushing the boundaries on what they believe is possible.
ACE: If you could describe yourself in only three words, what would they be?
Julianne: Hopeful, wise, and determined.
ACE: Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?
Julianne: Longest running inspiration would be my mom. She is brave, adventurous, and determined. There have been very few times in my life where I have felt marginalized based on my gender, and I credit my mom with that. She raised me to believe I am capable of anything, but I must choose it. When I was 11 our toilet needed to be replaced and we were tight on money, so mom decided we would replace it. We followed paper instructions and it ended with her and I jumping on the rim of the toilet to seal it to the floor. It is a silly story, but I still come back to it because it highlights that people are capable of more than they believe, and we just need to choose to step into it (or jump on it).
ACE: What does the term “Boss Babe” mean to you?
Julianne: The term “Boss Babe” represents women who relentlessly own their power with generosity and care.
ACE: How do you empower other women?
Julianne: Empowering others really is the work of coaching. However, coaching or not, I see potential everywhere I look. I love speaking into that potential and doing whatever I can to make it a reality. I love leading people, and raising up leaders in the process.
ACE: What is the best advice you’ve ever received from another woman?
Julianne: One of my coaches, Amanda, told me “insight into action.” I love insight, I love thinking, reading, and researching so much that I often believe thinking to be synonymous with doing. The advice to turn insight into action has been a game changer in my life.
ACE: Can you share the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a failure?
Julianne: The biggest lesson I learned from a failure is regardless of how much potential I see in someone, they must want to go there, I cannot force them. And when I devote my time to low performers (I cringe even writing that) I take time away from those who are ready to be challenged and grow. There is impact in every decision we make as leaders, so remaining connected to the vision is crucial in knowing when to stick and when to quit.
ACE: When you are feeling overwhelmed, what do you do to find peace?
Julianne: I find peace in my faith. My God is peace and He gives it generously. I connect to that peace through running. Running allows me to be in nature, physically engaged, and space to process my thoughts with God.
ACE: What legacy do you hope to be remembered for?
Julianne: The legacy I hope to be remembered for is generous – generous with my time, my art, my being. My vision is to raise a generation of game changers, to lead leaders, and to leave this world even more beautiful. I hope I am remembered as brave and bold, and empowering others to be the same.
ACE: Where can we find out more about you so we can continue to support you?
Julianne: I am a big fan of Instagram, so I would invite you to check out my Instagram. I also love connecting with people, so shoot me a message and let’s grab coffee…or ice cream!
Stay connected with Julianne: @julianneknopp