Julie Holunga '95 returns to campus for leadership training opportunities

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Julie (Ivanyi) Holunga '95, a leadership trainer and executive coach who specializes in female professionals in positions of leadership, will hold a training session Thursday, Feb. 22, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. in Old Chapel.

Julie Holunga '95

Julie Holunga '95

The keynote session, “Building High-Performing and Drama-Free Teams,” is open to all faculty, administrators and staff. Registration is suggested.

The event is the unofficial kickoff of the campus-wide celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.

Later in the day, 1- 2 p.m., Holunga will meet with student-athletes and coaches in O’Brien 117.

At Union, Holunga was a member of the women’s swimming and diving team. She will discuss leadership, teamwork and how skills learned as a student-athlete can translate into a career. Glory Moncion Allen ‘24 and Sophie Brady ’26 will moderate the discussion.

“We are thrilled to welcome back an accomplished alumna and speaker for a professional development keynote and training geared toward empowering women in the workplace,” said Francesca Callahan, chief diversity officer for Employee and Institutional Success and director of Talent Acquisition and Career Advising Resources.

“This launches our Women's History Month events and reinforces our commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging efforts, fostering an inclusive campus environment for everyone to thrive.”

Holugna develops professionals to amplify their influence and impact. She works with teams and leaders to instill her Trusted Voice Paradigm to increase effective communications, make conflict constructive and develop leaders who lead with integrity. Through these programs, leaders get out of their own way, develop trusting relationships with key stakeholders, and positively impact the organization's bottom line. Her clients have included Google, Medtronic and Twitter (now X).

Holunga graduated with a degree in French studies and economics. She earned an MBA from Boston College.

She gave a TEDx talk, Don't Let Your Words Sabotage Your Career on the power of leadership language. She is a contributing author to the leadership book for women, “On the Rise.”

She and her husband, Shane Holunga '96, have two children. The family lives in the foothills of Denver.

To learn more about Holunga, visit her website.