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Julia is a compelling speaker with experience in addressing many different kinds of audiences.

She delivered the keynote speech for Loyola University’s 2009 Family Business Conference and has been a featured speaker at Google in California and New York, the Prologue Society in Palm Beach, Florida, and Harvard University’s Nieman Conference for Narrative Journalism. She was the Master of Ceremonies at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco’s California Book Awards in 2009 as well as being invited to speak and serve on panels on several occasions at the club.

Julia’s areas of expertise include family businesses, family dynasties, business journalism, women in business, Hawaiian history, the California wine industry, and her own experience in combining motherhood with a career as a foreign correspondent and bestselling author. To watch her talk about The House of Mondavi at Google’s campus in Mountain View, Ca., please click here.

Julia would be happy to discuss possible speaking engagements with you. Please complete the online request form to get in touch with her. Here are some further testimonials from people who have worked with her at their events.

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“Julia is an incredible speaker and moderator. She has an in depth, intimate knowledge of her subjects and can keep the audience transfixed while unfolding her story. She is a pro and an absolute delight to work with.” –Gina Baleria, director of programs and literary events at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, 2005-2010.

“Julia is a delightful and engaging speaker. Her presentation was thorough, thought provoking and entertaining. She is extremely knowledgeable about the topics she presents.”Jacqueline Gerbus, Regional Coordinator, Prologue Society of Palm Beach/Treasure Coast County

“Julia brings positive energy, smarts, and conscientiousness to every project she undertakes—including public speaking.” Constance Hale, Director, Harvard University’s Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism 2008 and 2009 and U.C. Berkeley’s East Meets West conference in 2012.