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About Us

With over 30 years of operational, educational, training, and consulting experience,

Julie Olsen, DPA, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, established Workplace Advancement Strategies

with the desire to help leaders and organizations expand their capabilities and reach their goals. 

Workplace Advancement Strategies was founded in 2000 with a single mission: to be the most successful, creative and ground-breaking consulting agency in San Francisco . We approach each of our clients with fresh eyes to develop customized, unique strategies.

Though we’ve grown since our founding, we’re still the same agency at heart. Let us help make your dreams a reality. Are you ready to set your brand or business on the path to success? Give us a call today and see what we can do for you.

Some highlights of Julie's experience include:

  • International Keynote Speaker at Great Place To Work: Learning from the Best Conference  Athens, Greece

  • International Webinar Facilitator: Addressing the Leadership Challenge, McKinsey and Company London, England

  • Facilitating a senior executive retreat leading to the creation of a people philosophy and strategy resulting in the organization being named one of Fortune Magazine's Top 100 Companies to Work For

  • Created succession plans for multiple divisions in a healthcare organization

  • Served on a senior level team to design and implement a new safety culture resulting in the reduction of errors

  • Reduced losses in a product line by $3 million in 18 months and increased market share by 12%

  • Served as a consultant to Scotland and the Republic of China

  • Project Manager for a wellness program to include development and implementation

  • Adjunct faculty at two area universities teaching Master level courses in business administration, leadership, and healthcare administration

Julie comes with a long list of certifications and honors. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and is a Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).  In addition, she is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and holds a certificate in Organizational Development. Julie has been certified to administer the Leadership Versatility Index (a 360 degree feedback tool), Development Dimensions International Facilitator Trained, a Just Culture Certified Instructor, and DiSC Behavioral Profile trained. 

Want to experience the expertise of Workplace Advancement Strategies for yourself? Give us a call today and let’s discuss what we can do for you.


Check Out Our Testimonials

I have known Julie since our days at Memorial Health in Savannah and she always brought a creative mindset to organizational change management and talent development strategies.  She is enthusiastic about people and knows how to connect team members to their passion for work and organizational culture/values. With a deep knowledge of talent and change management, organizational development, leadership and executive coaching, and the way she seamlessly connects with people, Julie’s talents and background are perfect for any organization seeking a valued partner to drive strategy while putting talent first.  Julie and her enthusiasm are contagious, and her professionalism and expertise is second-to-none in our field!"

David Thaler

I have known Julie for many years and have always been impressed with her professionalism and passion for learning and development. During the development of our HR Team at bioMérieux, Julie was gracious enough to join us and help our Team Members better influence the organization through strategic partnerships. She was able to create a program that guided and engaged our team to further develop their skills to grow and adapt to build a more agile organization. I have been very fortunate to keep in contact with Julie and look forward to future engagements.

Julie Weaver

Early in my career, Julie provided me with insight which helped to develop my leadership philosophy and I continued to call on her expertise as my career advanced. I trust her perspective and expertise so strongly that I refer other leaders to her for coaching

Jamie Watson
Boston Medical Center

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