February 22, 2017

S2|E6: Julie Peltier – “Leadership is action, not a position”

By Tom Davidson

Julie Peltier is a field forester with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and she recently served as General Chair of the Society of American Foresters’ 2016 National Convention. On this week’s episode, Julie speaks of her first unhappy experience in leadership, her pride in later teams and teamwork, her lessons learned, and why her parents are her mentors. Julie also offers advice to young women, and believes you should keep your career options open. She says there are a lot of opportunities in forestry and recommends that if you need help, you ask for it.

Key Takeaways:

[3:40] How did Julie get started in forestry?

[5:35] What was Julie’s first job in natural resources?

[7:15] Julie’s first taste of leadership did not go so well.

[9:45] What is Julie most proud of in her career?

[11:00] Who were some of Julie’s top mentors? Her very supportive parents!

[13:20] What challenges has Julie faced by being a woman in a very male-dominated career?

[15:50] What advice does Julie have for younger women in this career?

[16:20] Julie doesn’t always ask for help when she should. She likes to be independent, but there is a time and place for everything.

[17:35] Of course this does not apply to all woman, but it’s Julie’s observation that women seem to listen more carefully and intensely than men do.

[22:10] Julie believes one of the best parts about her career in forestry is being in many different surroundings and facing different situations.

[23:10] As for movies and books, Julie loves the character Princess Leia in Star Wars: A New Hope because she doesn’t take any crap and is a strong leader.

[26:00] When Julie first left for college, her dad didn’t think she’d make it, because she was too much of an introvert!

[27:20] Tom’s Leadership Tip of the Week!

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