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Julie Hirsch

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Award Winning Entrepreneur, Innovator, and Advocate for Fairer Business

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Speaker Julie Hirsch was awarded Woman of the Year as she displayed her outstanding work throughout her journey of entrepreneurship, climate change, and mentoring the youth. Julie showcases how innovation and other strategic strategies can optimize any kind of business for success. Julie provides motivational keynotes packed with actionable takeaways for any level of your organization.

Why you should book speaker Julie Hirsh

  • Julie Hirsch is the cofounder of Universal Village International, the company behind organic vitamin tea brand Eloments, which features a range of teas and tisanes, each infused with nine essential vitamins and minerals. Fairtrade-certified Eloments is available at more than 2,500 stores worldwide, including Woolworths Supermarket in Australia and Holland & Barrett in the U.K.
  • Julie is an Award-winning female entrepreneur who was named on the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2020.
  • Julie is the Deputy Director and current Board Secretary of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and speaks confidently on sustainability, climate change, and engaging young people.
  • The founder of two Fairtrade businesses is a passionate, experienced Speaker on ethical business, positive impact, supply chain, and Fairtrade.

As the Cofounder and COO of Eloments Natural Vitamin Tea,  speaker Julie Hirsch has seen her enterprise, a world-first 100% natural vitamin tea, secure shelf space in 2000 stores across the globe in just over a year. Not only has Julie been named Telstra’s Victorian Business Woman of the Year and listed in Forbes 30 Under 30, but she also has an exciting vision for the future: of ethical business practice through innovation. Her passion and mission are to realize that vision by building companies with innovation, disruption, and fair trade at their core.

Following two years of research, Julie and Cofounder Nicole launched Eloments – the world’s first 100% natural vitamin tea. Eloments was an overnight success years in the making, securing shelf space in 2000 stores around the world, raising Series A investment as part of the only 2.7% of VC funding that went to female founders in 2019, and most importantly, providing tea lovers with organic certified vitamins and minerals in every cuppa.

Julie’s background in the NGO sector led her to recognize that businesses, particularly startups, have the opportunity to create an impact with every decision they make. She began her career opening and running a voter registration office at the age of 22 before becoming deeply involved in climate change action and working her way to Deputy Director of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Julie currently volunteers as the AYCC’s Board Secretary.

In 2020 Julie was awarded the Telstra Business Woman of the Year and the Telstra Emerging Leader of the Year, VIC, and named on Forbes Asia’s 30 Under 30 List. In addition, in 2019, Julie was awarded the Melbourne Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Food and Beverage by Business News Australia.

Julie’s entrepreneurial story has been featured in publications such as The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Herald Sun, and Kochie’s Business Builders.

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Creating Persistent and Radical Innovation

Beyond product innovation, Julie will discuss how persistent and radical innovation is possible at every level of business and can lead to opportunities for profit and purpose, as well as empowering staff outside the C-Suite.

Julie’s own businesses have proved by creating an ethical supply chain and patent-pending manufacturing process that is the backbone of their product’s success.

Audience takeaways:

  • Creating a culture that fails forward (or the Duvet policy)
  • Innovative thinking at every level of business
  • Building the confidence to become a challenger  
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Closing the Gap Between our Goals and our Dreams

As a young female entrepreneur, Julie’s journey in starting and building Eloments Vitamin Teas is proof of what is possible when you set the bar higher.

Many of us have big dreams, those ideas usually start with an ‘I Wish’, that we reduce down to tangible goals based on what we believe is possible. Julie is passionate about expanding our tangible goals to encompass the scale of our dreams.

Audience takeaways:

  • How to build entrepreneurial bravery
  • Lived experiences of overcoming barriers as a female founder
  • Tools to increase the ceiling of what we think is possible
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Building Impact at Every Level of Business

Every decision was an opportunity for impact, from the warehouse where the goods were stored, the paper in their office to the farms that grew their tea. This creates a powerful environment for staff and leaders to make positive changes within the remit of their roles.

Audience takeaways:

  • Identifying opportunities for impact from the smallest to the largest decisions
  • Creating an ecosystem of empowered staff to make ethical decisions
  • Every person becomes a change-maker every time we spend a dollar
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Building the Next Generation of Innovative Entrepreneurs

An interactive presentation to inspire the next young innovator, entrepreneur, and social impact leader, tailored for VCE Year 11 / 12 Students in Business Management, or Secondary Students building their 21st Century Skills.

Julie represents the 1% of businesses started by a female entrepreneur under 30, having founded a Fairtrade tea company that secured shelf in 1500 stores during its first year trading and raised over $1million in equity capital funding.

Your students will enjoy a funny, interactive and educational session that brings to life the concepts in core curriculum through real-world stories told by a Forbes 30 Under 30 list member.

Audience takeaways:

  • Nurturing the qualities to become a successful entrepreneur
  • Baking impact into your business model
  • How to build entrepreneurial bravery by understanding risk 
  • Managing Change through stories from the Global Pandemic 
  • How Julie and her business partner became part of only 2.7% of Venture Capital Funding to go to female founders in 2019, and how we can close that gap
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Finding Mindfulness In Our Daily Rituals

The Cofounder of Eloments Natural Vitamin Teas, a world-first cuppa that blends Fairtrade teas with nutrient-rich fruit and herbal extracts, Julie helped create a product for the wellbeing of her customers and of the world.

Enjoy a fun, interactive and wellbeing-focused tea tasting with Julie while she shares information on the history and rituals of tea, her own business stories to source the cuppa in your hands, and strategies to identify moments in your day that can draw on your senses and focus your mind.

Audience takeaways:

  • An interactive Tea Tasting with multiple tea samples provided
  • Identifying moments in your daily routine to pause for mindfulness
  • Strategies to focus your mind, through a guided Tea Cupping
  • An interesting history of tea and functional herbs
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