Dr. Julie Ducharme is an award-winning author, national title holder, speaker, consultant and CEO of JD Consulting solutions, Julie’s Party People and President and creator of Synergy Learning Institute. For the last 17 years, Dr. Ducharme has been working with corporations, colleges, and universities throughout the country as well as internationally. Dr. Ducharme holds a BA in communication, MBA with a specialization in marketing, and a DBA with a specialization in Leadership. Dr. Ducharme is published author with a wide range of specialties from her children’s book, Amy the Clumsy Angel, Women in Senior Leadership Positions in Academia, Award winning The Refractive Thinker: Social Responsibility, best paper at the IBAM conference and her most recent book Leading by My Ponytail; Why Can’t I Wear Pink and be President. Dr. Ducharme is also a professor and consultant for many universities where she designs curriculum and guides doctoral students on their research journeys. Dr. Ducharme’s goal and passion is to empower women and lift up women to aspire to make a change.