Julia is a homegrown Nova Scotian, with an eclectic background deeply focused on customer service. Her experience includes business owner, life coaching, public relations, communications, and several years as a hairdresser (which she still does on the side!). The soft skill development from time spent in client facing roles, created a unique and natural fit for the position she holds at EnPoint.
A combination of volunteer work with The Halifax Youth Project, Halifax Hospice, Look Good, Feel Better as well as a myriad of education that includes a 200 hour yoga teacher certification, helped Julia clarify her core values of activating community and prioritizing relationships. She is the mentorship liaison with WCTA’s Communications Committee, and volunteered with the SMU Women in Business Committee to deliver the 2021 event.
What three words would you use to describe mentorship?
Critical, expansion, support
Why do you think mentorship matters in 2023?
The world of work is changing. The whole world is changing. People need to be able to adapt in both their careers and personal lives. Mentorship is a tool that can support both areas if done in a holistic way. One of the biggest lessons in life is to learn the value of connection and communication, mentorship is a fast track way to gain some of the skills needed to learn those lessons.
Are there any mentorship programs you're aware of or participating in that you'd like to share with the EnPoint community to show how mentorship can be used to support all in building meaningful careers?
Many universities or colleges offer alumni mentorship programs or industry specific mentorship programs. It's a great way to get started, and learn the value of mentorship as you transition into your career.
Is there a memorable "mentorship moment" you'd like to share?
One of my mentors once said to me, and I've heard it many times since, "You're a lot closer than you think". She was referencing the notion of "stuckness" or believing that we are stuck or can't do anything to change our situation. Her solution was to "just do the next right thing". It has proven to be useful more times than I can count!