Jory Fisher and Julie Fleming discuss how our professional paths change based on our circumstance, interests, and opportunities. Julie remembers hearing that the average person would have six careers and thinking, how flaky! Now that she’s on her 5th career, Julie has fresh insight into how to follow the stirrings of spirit to build a successful new professional path. Join us for a conversation about how to create a career that satisfies your interests and needs.
Julie Fleming is the founder and CEO of The Purple Sherpa, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that educates, encourages, empowers, and embraces dementia family caregivers. Julie was her father’s sole or primary caregiver for about seven years while he lived with Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. The first of her cohort of friends to care for a loved one living with dementia, Julie describes her care-giving years as filled with love, fear, grief, and unnecessary mistakes despite best efforts. In 2015, she started sharing video tips to help others avoid unnecessary challenges and stumbling blocks and learn how to care for themselves while caring for a loved one. The videos were met with overwhelming interest, and The Purple Sherpa was born in 2016. The Purple Sherpa provides tips via social media to an international audience of over 75,000 people and offers a Facebook support group for current dementia family caregivers, one for those grieving the loss of a loved one to dementia, and one that’s designed to generate conversation among all stakeholders — people living with dementia, their caregivers, family and friends, vendors, medical providers, and community members. The Purple Sherpa also offers grants for respite care and supplies.
Julie is also the principal of Fleming Strategic, through which she advises attorneys on growing their practices. She’s written three books about legal business development, including The Reluctant Rainmaker: A Guide for Lawyers Who Hate Selling, Seven Foundations of Time Mastery for Attorneys, and Legal Rainmaking Myths: What You Think You Know About Business Development Could Kill Your Practice. Julie practiced law, focusing on patent litigation, for about 15 years in firms ranging in size from twenty to over two thousand attorneys. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the American Bar Association’s Science & Technology Law Section, where she’s held a variety of leadership positions, including Editor-in-Chief of The SciTech Lawyer, Chair of the Biotechnology Committee and the Life Sciences Division, and Council Member.
An Atlanta native, Julie moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming in 2019. She has recently started a new blog titled When the Wind Whispers, where she shares stories and insights carried on the Wyoming wind.