Julia Collins

Tagline: Business Innovation

Talent Highlights

  • Tech Industry Trailblazer: Julia Collins is celebrated as the first Black woman to achieve “unicorn” status with her tech company, marking a historic milestone in the industry.
  • Founder & CEO of Planet Forward: As the visionary leader behind Planet Forward, Julia spearheads efforts to leverage technology for environmental sustainability, earning international acclaim for her innovative approach.
  • Climate Tech Entrepreneur: Julia’s expertise in climate tech entrepreneurship positions her as a leading voice in the fight against climate change, bridging the gap between technology and environmentalism.
  • Dynamic Speaker: Julia captivates audiences with her dynamic presence and thought-provoking insights, drawing from her personal journey as a pioneering Black woman in the tech world.
  • Advocate for Diversity and Inclusion: Julia’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tech industry is evident in her advocacy efforts and inspirational storytelling, inspiring others to challenge the status quo.

Keynote Topics

Spending her entrepreneurial career working at the intersection of food and tech, Julia Collins began a more narrow focus with her latest company, Planet FWD, to understand the relationship between food systems and climate change as she was preparing to be a mom.

Around this intersection, she discovered a drive to reverse climate change for our collective futures. In this talk, Julia shares Planet FWD’s mission to reform our food system to not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also draw-down, sequester, re-balance atmospheric carbon.

This challenge is completed in two ways. By creating the world’s first climate-friendly snack brand and by creating a data service linking regenerative farmers to brands and consumers who are hungry for climate-friendly products, Julia shares insights into the future of agriculture, sustainability and climate change that will help save us all.

In this captivating presentation, Julia Collins takes center stage to share her insights on navigating the intersection of entrepreneurship and climate change.

Drawing from her extensive experience and the lessons learned on her entrepreneurial journey in the food and tech spaces, Julia explores the pivotal role of innovation and sustainability in shaping our collective future.

Through engaging anecdotes and thought-provoking analysis, she delves into the challenges and opportunities presented by the climate crisis, highlighting the importance of empowering entrepreneurs to drive positive change.

From fostering a culture of innovation to harnessing the power of technology, Julia not only offers practical strategies for building a more sustainable and equitable world, but also shares tackling the dynamic landscape of entrepreneurship. Discover her tactical advantage to becoming your most authentic version of a leader through this talk.

Join climate tech founder Julia Collins in this lively conversation in which she’ll change a room full of listeners into doers and changemakers on the imperative to address climate change through our food systems.

In this captivating presentation, she reveals how decarbonizing our food supply chains, particularly through methods like regenerative agriculture, holds the key to mitigating global emissions and fostering climate resilience.

Through compelling anecdotes and impactful statistics, discover the profound impact of simple ingredient swaps, such as transitioning to regenerative organic options, and purchase changes in reducing carbon footprints and promoting sustainability.

From the success story of some of Planet Fwd’s biggest food service partners to the broader potential of regenerative farming on a global scale, audiences explore how each of us, whether as consumers or investors, plays a pivotal role in shaping a healthier and more sustainable future for generations to come.

Get ready to be inspired to leverage the power of our plates as a force for positive change in the fight against climate change.

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  • San Francisco, CA

Fee Range:

  • Fees* $10,001 - $20,000




Julia Collins is a trailblazing figure in the world of technology and entrepreneurship, making history as the first Black woman to achieve “unicorn” status with her tech company. As the Founder and CEO of Planet Forward, she has garnered international acclaim for her innovative approach to addressing climate change through technology. With a unique blend […]

Julia Collins is a trailblazing figure in the world of technology and entrepreneurship, making history as the first Black woman to achieve “unicorn” status with her tech company. As the Founder and CEO of Planet Forward, she has garnered international acclaim for her innovative approach to addressing climate change through technology. With a unique blend of business acumen, technological expertise, and a passion for environmental sustainability, Julia is a sought-after speaker whose insights inspire audiences worldwide.

Julia Collins | Business Leadership

Expertise and Background:

Julia Collins’ journey into the tech industry began with a vision to revolutionize the way we approach climate change. Armed with a degree in computer science from a prestigious university, she embarked on a mission to harness the power of technology to create tangible solutions for environmental sustainability. Her groundbreaking work at Planet Forward has earned her recognition as a leading figure in the field of climate tech entrepreneurship.

With a keen understanding of both the technological and business aspects of her field, Julia brings a wealth of expertise to the table. From developing cutting-edge software solutions to forging strategic partnerships with industry leaders, she has demonstrated an unparalleled ability to drive innovation and effect positive change on a global scale. Her success in navigating the competitive landscape of the tech industry serves as a testament to her resilience, vision, and leadership prowess.

As a speaker, Julia captivates audiences with her dynamic presence and thought-provoking insights. Drawing from her own experiences as a Black woman in a predominantly male-dominated industry, she offers a unique perspective on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tech world. Her powerful storytelling and unwavering commitment to social justice resonate deeply with audiences, inspiring them to challenge the status quo and strive for greater diversity and representation in the tech sector.

Julia’s influence extends far beyond the confines of the tech industry. As a passionate advocate for environmental sustainability, she is dedicated to empowering individuals and organizations to take action against climate change. Whether she’s discussing the role of technology in mitigating environmental impact or sharing practical strategies for building a more sustainable future, Julia’s message is both timely and impactful. Her ability to bridge the gap between technology and environmentalism makes her a compelling speaker for audiences of all backgrounds and interests.

A serial entrepreneur, Julia previously co- founded Zume Pizza where she became the first Black woman “unicorn” when she created a venture-backed tech company valued at over a billion dollars. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, she served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Harlem Jazz Enterprises, which holds The Cecil, an Afro-Asian Brasserie, and Minton’s, a historic jazz supper club. While there, The Cecil won Best New Restaurant of the Year.

Earlier in her career, she built industry- leading food companies in New York City. Serving as a leader, she grew brands such as Union Square Hospitality Group, Mexicue and Murray’s Cheese.

In addition to leading Planet FWD, Julia Collins sits on the Climate Collaborative board, the Food for Climate League board and the advisory council for Launch with GS. She is also an active angel investor focused on funding female entrepreneurs and BIPOC founders. Julia is also an Ambassador for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Julia holds a BA from Harvard and an MBA from Stanford. She resides in San Francisco with her 2 sons and partner.

Why Julia Collins Should Be Booked by Event Planners:

Event planners seeking to engage their audiences with thought-provoking insights and actionable strategies for addressing pressing global challenges need look no further than Julia Collins. With her unparalleled expertise in climate tech entrepreneurship and her inspiring personal journey as a pioneering Black woman in tech, Julia brings a unique perspective and a wealth of knowledge to any event.

Julia’s dynamic speaking style and engaging storytelling captivate audiences and leave a lasting impression. Whether she’s delivering a keynote address, participating in a panel discussion, or leading a workshop, she has a knack for connecting with her audience on a personal level and inspiring them to take action. Her passion for environmental sustainability and social justice shines through in every word, motivating audiences to join her in the fight against climate change and inequality.

In addition to Julia Collins substantive expertise and powerful message, Julia’s reputation as a visionary leader and trailblazer in the tech industry makes her a highly sought-after speaker for a wide range of events. From industry conferences and corporate gatherings to educational institutions and nonprofit organizations, Julia’s insights are relevant and impactful across a variety of contexts. Event planners can trust that booking Julia Collins will not only enhance the quality of their event but also leave a lasting impact on their audience.

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Summary and Conclusion:

In summary, Julia Collins is a pioneering figure in the world of technology and entrepreneurship, making history as the first Black woman to achieve “unicorn” status with her tech company. As the Founder and CEO of Planet Forward, she is leading the charge in the fight against climate change through innovative technology solutions. Julia’s expertise, passion, and commitment to social justice make her a compelling speaker whose insights inspire audiences worldwide.

Event planners seeking to engage their audiences with thought-provoking insights and actionable strategies for addressing pressing global challenges can trust that booking Julia Collins will enhance the quality of their event and leave a lasting impact on their audience. By partnering with Speakers Inc, event planners can streamline the process of booking top-tier speakers like Julia Collins, ensuring that their event stands out from the crowd and delivers maximum value to attendees.

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