Based in the LA area, Dr. Julie Shaw is a multipotentialite who is a former professional basketball player, an experienced academic as a professor for Gonzaga University, and restauranteur owning Kale Me Crazy a superfood health cafe in West Hollywood. She is a change agent whose passion lies in personal development, leadership development, and transition. Dr. Shaw comes from the world of athletics having been a collegiate women’s basketball coach for close to 15 years helping lead teams to multiple championships and the NCAA Sweet 16. She has also been a part of the NBA, hiring and overseeing 50 coaches for a training program with the Los Angeles Clippers. Dr. Shaw also had the opportunity to serve as the Director of Education for Billie Jean King’s non-profit, The Women’s Sports Foundation.
Shaw has devoted her time and expertise to the field of diversity and inclusion starting with earning her doctorate in Leadership & Administration focusing on creating safe space climates on college campuses. She has also been an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, women’s equity, and social justice. Using her ability and talent to connect with people, Dr. Shaw has facilitated and presented for organizations on topics of leadership, communication, team building and diversity and inclusion.
After being an All-American collegiate and semi-professional basketball player, Erica spent the first part of her professional career as a collegiate women’s basketball coach and collegiate men’s football strength & conditioning coach where she specialized in supporting athletes both on and off the field through “Mental Conditioning,” that is sessions that trained athletes how to process thoughts, emotions and actions across all areas of their lives. Erica went on to be recruited by the Secret Service, but declined to pursue her dream of running and expanding a successful chain of superfood health cafés and fitness facilities.
Since then Erica has worked as a Stress Management & Performance Coach, a Certified Coach, Trainer, and Facilitator and has now worked with hundreds of companies and thousands of participants from all over the world.
Erica graduated from William Jewell College with Bachelor’s in Business Administration (Marketing) and Critical, Thought & Inquiry (Philosophy). She went on to obtain her Master’s Degree from The University of Central Missouri in Sport & Athletic Business Administration. While Erica is no longer seeking academic degrees, she considers herself a student of life and seeks to either learn something new or confirm something she’s previously learned every day. Erica happily resides in Los Angeles, CA with her wife and dog.