Imagine, Then Do It! with Dorian Mintzer and Julie Shifman

Julie's message challenges women to open their minds to the endless possibilities that can result in a fulfilling next act. She begins by permitting them to dream again, as Julie finds that too many women have buried their dreams in some dark closet. Sometimes, that means rediscovering old dreams that have gone dormant over the years; sometimes, it means imagining new ones. But her message doesn't end with the Imagining. She also provides practical advice on how to Do It and begin the journey towards fulfilling those dreams.

As Julie says, “Imagining without the doing is just daydreaming.” Using her personal story, interspersed with the stories of the many remarkable women she has interviewed, she challenges women to take a personal inventory and walk away with a renewed sense of purpose. Although Julie's work is geared toward women, please listen to the episode-whether you're a woman or man – and you'll find ideas about this next stage of life.

About Julie Shifman

Julie is a non-profit leader, inspirational speaker, and author. She started her career as a professional ballet dancer and then became a successful lawyer in New York City and Cincinnati. Before becoming the Executive Director of Last Mile, which she co-founded with Tom Fernandez, Julie served as the Executive Director of Adopt A Class. In April 2023, Julie stepped aside as Executive Director, and Eileen Budo became the Chief Executive Officer of Last Mile. Now, Julie serves as the Vice President of External Relations at Last Mile.

Before that, Julie founded the company Act Three, an organization that helped women define their next stage of life. She also authored the book Act Three: Create the Life You Want and spoke on this topic at women's events around the country.

Julie's formal training includes a B.A. from North Central College, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado, and a Masters in Tax Law from New York University.

Julie is the mother of four sons and three grandchildren. She and her husband, Steve, are actively involved in the Cincinnati community. Julie served as the Chairperson of the Board of Talbert House (the largest social service agency in Southern Ohio). She was the creator of CincyInNYC, the Chair of the Tax Section of the Cincinnati Bar Association, and a board member of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati (serving on the Executive committee). She currently serves as a trustee emeritus for the Cincinnati Ballet Company.

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