“It may sound cliché, but among the countless flattering words I’d use to describe Julie Couret are two that make her a perfect fit Gambit’s “40 under 40” 2016: mover and shaker.

There isn’t much this single mom of two can’t, won’t and doesn’t do for her children, her clients, her community and her City.

A piece of advice, though: be sure to pronounce her name properly. It’s “Zhu-lee,” a nod to her French roots. And as you can probably imagine, her personality is exactly what you’d expect from a 9th generation New Orleanian.

Above all, what stands out about Julie is her ability to standout. And it’s not because she’s flashy or garish, but rather because of her selflessness, her commitment to helping her community prosper through her volunteerism and professional work.  Her mission, her passion, her ultimate goal, and where she finds the most fulfillment, is by helping others — both individually and collectively — to reach their maximum potential.”

New Orleans Top 40 Under 40 Nomination 2016

MEET JULIE

Technically, Julie works from home, but good luck finding her there.  As an executive coach, civic volunteer and engaged mother she’s always on the go. No two days are alike. One day, you may find her volunteering for one of several local non-profits, such as the East Jefferson Hospital Foundation or WYES. On another, you may find her doing the same at her children’s school or representing one of the many boards on which she serves.

From her kitchen table with a three-month-old in her arms, Julie built her business and her reputation as a leader’s leader.  By sharing her life experiences and own unique message of empowerment, she’s become a popular guest speaker at universities, conferences and special events.  Julie is a contributing writer for the local Moms Go-To source for advice, tips, and events, Nola Moms Blog. Her debut post, My Life as a Co-Parent, earned it’s a spot as one of the top 10 most read “City” Mom Blogs in the nation. Julie serves as a voice and a champion for partnership to parents who raise their children in two separate homes.

She always enjoys helping to shape and inspire others. She is repeated asked back as a popular volunteer speaker at Loyola’s campus-wide Career-Week programs and Resident Assistant Training. Julie also is frequently tapped as a guest lecturer at UNO and is a member of the adjunct faculty at Tulane.

Moreover, she has served as a committee chair for the Young Leadership Council and is now the youngest female President of the Greater New Orleans Executive Association. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce and Advisory Council for the New Orleans Baby Cakes.

Julie is anything but a 9 to 5 gal. On most days, she ditches the boardrooms and executive attire at 3, suddenly emerging in the carpool line at Holy Name of Jesus wearing her mama suit.  Continuing a time-honored family tradition, her girls are fourth generation Gators.

Originally launched as Willoz Consulting in January 2010, her firm rebranded 7602 Business Performance in 2016, paying homage to the address of her Uptown home where she grew up.

As an executive coach, she wears many hats. She facilitates workshops, training programs and corporate retreats.  But at the heart of it all, she helps organizations empower their leaders and staff through improved interpersonal workplace communications.  She is often asked to speak at leadership conferences aimed towards high achievers, including Tulane University’s Women’s Leadership Symposium, American Heart Association, or the Women’s Success Conference in Biloxi Ms.

No longer a mere start-up, Julie’s clientele now includes Ochsner Health System, Accutrans, Habitat for Humanity New Orleans,  Hoist Crane Service Group, NOLA Motorsports, Tulane University, Latter & Blum, and Nolan Power Group, just to name a few.

Julie’s full roster of clients highlights perhaps one of her finest professional accomplishments, one widely recognized by area executives and business leaders: she’s the secret that’s not so secret anymore.

Of course, she’s always committed to finding the right set of training and development solutions for her clients. But it doesn’t stop there. She applies that same relentless commitment to herself and her own personal development.  She recently graduated from one of the areas most prestigious leadership programs, Leadership Jefferson.

Julie’s commitment to her community goes well beyond her professional endeavors and philanthropic dedication.During the home Saints – Falcons game in 2015, her picture of a service cat with its head poking out of a bag went viral, and just like that the “Who Cat” was born. For Mardi Gras of 2016 she had all of St. Charles Avenue doing double takes as she dressed uncannily like New Orleans own, Sydney Torres. Her on-point doppelganger earned her an invitation to Sydney’s red carpet premier of NBC’s, The Deed.

Already an active voice on Twitter, that same year, she was honored to lend her voice to “@BeingNOLA,” the locally run, shared Twitter handle that celebrates life in the Big Easy. For a week, during the 10-year anniversary of Katrina, Julie took charge of the account, as she sought to unify the local Twitter community in remembrance and healing by recounting her own family’s rooftop rescue in the aftermath of the storm.

Julie truly immerses herself in New Orleans culture. For her, Mardi Gras isn’t simply a day or a season, it’s a way of life. She’s an original riding member of the Mystic Krewe of Nyx, her float’s orientation captain and speaker at the annual Nyxsess Women’s Empowerment Forum. I think it’s safe to say she’s “Naturally N’Awlins!”.