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Julie Kantor
Julie is known in the community as a people person, a brand-builder, tech savvy, national thought leader, writer for Huffington Post and networked social entrepreneur.

Kantor was recognized by President Obama for her 20-year career in education in April of 2012 and honored this past year by the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) as 2012 CIT GAP 50 Winner. Before launching TWOMENTOR and building Million Women Mentors with a great team at STEMconnector , Julie launched Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) in Boston, took over the Wash., DC, Region of NFTE in 1995 and spent 20 years scaling youth entrepreneurship ed. to many U.S. cities Julie was a catalyst in expanding NFTE programs in India, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Boston. She co-founded Barrel of Jobs.

Born and raised in Washington, DC, Julie attended Sidwell Friends School and earned a BA from Simmons College in Boston. Kantor lives in Bethesda, MD, with her husband and middle-school daughter.

Entries by Julie Kantor

Does She Need a Role Model, a Mentor, or a Sponsor?

(2) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 4:19 PM

It was about time to get the word 'women' into 'mentor'. So, I did. Just launched my new company twomentor (t-women-tor), LLC to get the words 'women' and 'men' into STEM mentoring. It will take a unified approach. Today we celebrate twomentor's one month anniversary with this blog and luckily...

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I See You -- Thoughts on Workplace Mentoring

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 12:37 PM

In the movie Avatar, people greet each other with "I See You," In the Na'vi language.

"To see" is a cornerstone of Na'vi philosophy. "It is to open the mind and heart to the present, and embrace Pandora [their planet] as if encountering it for the very first time."

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Asking for Help Helped Me

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 7:07 AM

One of the challenges in networking is everybody thinks it's making cold calls to strangers. Actually, it's the people who already have strong trust relationships with you -- who know you're dedicated, smart, a team player -- who can help you. -- Reid Hoffman, Linkedin
Life's challenges are not supposed...
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Data You Haven't Seen: One Million High School Freshman Interested in STEM

(3) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 7:20 PM

"Just over 31 percent of high school freshmen declare interest in a STEM-related field -- around 1,000,000 students each year," states the ShapingOurFuture new web-portal.


"Of those students, nearly half will lose interest in STEM by the time they graduate from high school."

In 2013, according to My...

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Saying Yes!: 5 Pieces of Career Advice for Middle School Students

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Last Thursday was Career Stars in the Media Center at Westland Middle School in Montgomery County.

Spending so much time in corporate America, I was a tad nervous and wanted to do an especially good job as my daughter was in the audience, as was the fabulous guidance counselor Maria...

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Mentoring is the Down Payment on Our Future

(1) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 11:15 AM

"Service is the Rent We Pay for Living," said our high school graduation speaker Marian Wright Edelman in 1987.

I agree. And reflecting add, Mentoring is the Down payment on our Future.

For the busy working woman, service & mentoring can be tough. We are increasing the hours at...

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Mentoring Culture is Good for Business

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 12:11 AM

"I am leaving my company," Bridgette, a very senior executive told us.

"We just don't have a mentoring culture."

In this world of GO, GO, GO productivity and massive technology dependence (of can I boldly go ahead and say, addiction), it becomes harder for people to take out time...

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STEM Learning STEMs from Transitions

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 9:58 AM

It's Friday as I write and brutally cold out there. As usual, I had so many, too many meetings and my brain is on overload trying to connect the dots of all the learning.

This is what I wanted...

After a 20 year career running an amazing charity that teaches...

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Every Mom and Dad a STEM Mentor

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 7:24 PM

"What can we do to expose our daughter to coding and get her 'tinkering' or building things?"

"I am not a STEM professional, what do I do to get my child aware of these new careers?"

I had an amazing two hours visit with the parents and teachers from a...

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(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 3:58 PM

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants. Isaac Newton

"Mike, I will come work with you and be your assistant,"

"You can come Julie, but as my associate and friend"

My heart fills with gratitude when I remembers those...

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Mentor 2.0 (Mentor + Sponsor)

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 2:56 PM

I was on cloud 91/2 last week at the Diversity Women's Leadership Conference conference put on Diversity Woman Magazine at the Grand Floridian (heaven, two thumbs up!). It had heart, some of America's top Diversity Leaders, 1:1 coaching, and great content. A common theme was how to...

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(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 11:39 AM

A mentor once told me that "inch by inch life is a cinch, yard by yard life is hard."

It is hard for us to hear the stats and facts coming out of top tech companies that under 20 percent of the tech jobs are filled by women...

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45 Things I've Learned By 45

(2) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 3:00 PM

OK, I am still a month away, but there is no time like the present to reflect on the biggest lessons learned by 45 (or 44 and 331 days). These are the 45 pieces of advice I have pondered and learned (sometimes the hard way).

1. Be an entrepreneur...

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Tampons for Innovation and STEM Underwater Dreams

(2) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 4:48 PM

Last night, we sat at the Smithsonian Institute for the kick-off dinner of The STEM Innovation gathering. Our table had a vibrant and humorous conversation over wine and lavender infused lemonade about OB Tampons as a proven engineering solution. No, it's not what you think and before you dismiss this...

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STEM Mentoring: I'm In. Now How Do I Find My Mentee?

(3) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 1:19 PM

Co-written with Justin Miteng, Atlas Corps Fellow

In light of the diversity reports coming out of the top tech companies in the country such as Google and Linkedin, we hope that we all can jump into STEM mentoring to make sure women and...

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Google Diversity Report and Unleashing STEM Mentors

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 2:27 AM

This post was co-authored with Dominik Sauter.

The cats out of the bag...

Google's big news about the diversity of their workforce is sending shockwaves through corporate and nonprofit America this week in a bold announcement by Google's SVP of People Operations Laszlo Bock who shared on PBS...

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Through the Winter, 5 More Things I Have Learned From Downsizing Our Lives

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 10:48 AM

I shared seven months ago (Part 1) that we downsized from a 4 bedroom home to a two bedroom apartment rental last August and the excitement, joy and shame that went along with it. We got our daughter into a better school and we cut down our...

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Choose to Find Her and Mentor Her

(1) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 8:27 PM

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

Recently I was talking to a new friend, Leslie,* who has a very prominent...

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In Praise of the Hybrid Company: When .Com Meets .Org

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 11:37 AM

I am completely intrigued with the hybrid company. It is a corporation that has a mission towards social good. Some would call it a B-corp. It's a for-profit making company that has the passion of changing the world with each and every deep breath.

I live in this world now...

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Ladies, We Can Do This! 6 Ways to Mentor Her, Sponsor Her, Elevate Her Career

(1) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 4:24 PM

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

Men do it well.

They take a young man (or woman) under their...

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