Julian Guthrie

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Fees* $20,001 - $35,000

Tagline: Alphy™ Founder

Talent Highlights

  • Trailblazing Author: Julian Guthrie is a best-selling author with three captivating books to her name, including two national best sellers. Her latest work, “Alpha Girls,” is poised to disrupt the Silicon Valley narrative with its empowering tale of pioneering women in tech.
  • Empowering Women in Tech: Through “Alpha Girls,” Julian sheds light on the unsung heroines of Silicon Valley, challenging stereotypes and celebrating the resilience and ingenuity of women in tech. Her narrative offers a fresh perspective on the industry and inspires audiences to embrace diversity and inclusion.
  • Master Storyteller: With a 25-year career in daily journalism, Julian is a master storyteller with a passion for words and language. Her ability to craft compelling narratives transcends mediums, captivating audiences and leaving a lasting impact.
  • Insightful Keynote Speaker: As a keynote speaker, Julian brings her stories to life on stage, captivating audiences with her infectious energy and dynamic storytelling. Her talks inspire, educate, and empower, leaving a lasting impression on every audience she addresses.
  • Industry Expertise: Julian’s deep understanding of Silicon Valley and the tech industry at large makes her a sought-after authority on the subject. Through extensive research and interviews, she offers unparalleled insight into the inner workings of tech giants and the individuals who shaped them.

Keynote Topics


Over 90 percent of workers today say their messages have been misunderstood or misinterpreted, while 1 in 5 say they have been reprimanded, demoted, or fired because of it. In addition, roughly half of the workers surveyed overthink their communications to the point that it affects their overall mental health. Miscommunication and poor communication cost U.S. companies over $1.2 trillion annually.

What does meaningful communication look like in today’s workplace? How can your company avoid the costs and harm of miscommunication? And how can employees at all levels become more effective and collaborative communicators?

Julian Guthrie, a veteran former journalist, NYT best-selling author, and founder and CEO of Alphy, will talk about how to move employees and teams at all levels to more productive communication.

Alphy’s AI-powered tools called Reflect serve as a personal communication coach, helping teams communicate more confidently and collaboratively, driving improved results in sales, marketing, recruiting, and company culture.

Individuals become more aware of their words, tone, and speech in real-time in their written and video communications. Julian will share tips and takeaways on how to improve the tone and confidence of your language


“I’m sorry.” “I’m sure I’m not making sense.” “I’m no expert here.” “I hate to take up your time.” “It’s just my opinion.” These are just a few of the hundreds of diminishing terms women unwittingly use in a way that weakens their communication and softens – or even sabotages – their intent and authority.

As someone who spent two decades in daily journalism and has written five nonfiction books and is now the founder and CEO of a tech platform for women, Julian cares deeply about storytelling and communication. Julian will explore the reality of diminishing – or weakening – language for women.

Drawing on years of research on how men and women succeed, and how communication can be
gender-coded, Julian outlines the striking differences and dynamics where gender intersects with correspondence. She reminds us that how we speak makes a significant difference in how we are perceived.

One of the most common uses of diminishing language is saying “I’m sorry” when no apology is warranted. When men say they are sorry, it softens them. When women use “I’m sorry,” it weakens them. Julian will highlight the numerous ways we essentially talk down to ourselves with diminishing language (Correct me if I’m wrong…Am I making sense?…).

She will offer alternative language for stronger and more effective communication and remind you not to second guess what you have to say or apologize when no apology is warranted.

Lastly, Julian will show you how Alphy’s game-changing AI communication-strengthening tools are paving the way for a new generation of women who say and write exactly what they mean – warmly, authentically, and unapologetically!

What are four traits that make for a satisfying life — for women? And what lessons can women – and men – take from them? This is something Julian has been thinking about pretty much nonstop for several years now.

She wrote a book (Alpha Girls) about the subject, launched a national nonprofit for girls, and is now the founder and CEO of a dynamic new tech company that is all about advancing women and allies. She will share with your team four essential character traits — traits that are particularly important for women.

Recognizing these character traits, and acting on them, will be critical for women to continue advancing in these challenging times. As we know, women are making gains in literacy, life expectancy, pay, seats on corporate boards, in political office, and more. Women are earning more college, graduate, and postgraduate degrees than men, and entering the workforce at higher rates.

Yet, where there are gains, there are gaps. Women earn on average 20% less than men. Only 23% of lawmakers are women. The 10 highest-paid CEOs are men. Of the world’s 100 highest-paid athletes, two are women. Julian believes that the traits of bravery, kindness, ambition, and optimism can change the world, one individual at a time.

She will share true stories and open discussion around the power and application of each trait in our lives, companies, and relationships.


Author of Alpha Girls and founder of Alphy, Julian will share stories and strategies of women succeeding in male-dominated industries. Julian provides a unique view inside the minds and lives of women pioneers to explain how women across industries can succeed at work and at home.

Julian shows through unforgettable true stories how ordinary women become extraordinary.

She delves into questions ranging from:

  • How do you know when to take issue with something offensive or off color, and when to let it go?
  • How can you use humor to diffuse tense situations?
  • How can you make great allies, and how can men be important allies?
  • How can you create equity at home, as you add on to your life with children, spouse, and aging parents?
  • Why do women need to rethink their view of money?

Julian’s stories will resonate across industries and leave women at all levels – as well as men who want to be strong allies – inspired and with new ways to navigate complicated terrain. Alpha Girls is being adapted for a television series, and Julian will serve as co-producer with Academy Award-winner Cathy Schulman.


Lessons in reframing problems and overcoming adversity from a tech billionaire, a space geek, women trailblazers, and Julian herself. Storytelling has the power to build trust, relationships, companies, and industries. It has the power to change minds and make history.

Telling stories is critical to what we all do, whether as individuals, startups, nonprofits, or corporations. We all need the right story to connect with the world.

We need stories to add to the value of our products and engage with our customers.

  • How do you, as company leaders, convey your story to employees and to customers?
  • How do you create a narrative for what you do, one that will connect with people in important ways?

Julian will walk you through how to tell your story, and make you think about storytelling in different ways using different mediums. Learn how to build your story for maximum impact. Perfect for workshops, deep-dive conference sessions, nonprofits, and executives.

Julian Guthrie is a name synonymous with storytelling prowess, journalistic excellence, and an uncanny ability to bring untold narratives to life. As a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and seasoned journalist, she has etched her mark on the literary and corporate landscapes alike. With three captivating books under her belt, including two national best sellers, Julian’s […]

Julian Guthrie is a name synonymous with storytelling prowess, journalistic excellence, and an uncanny ability to bring untold narratives to life. As a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and seasoned journalist, she has etched her mark on the literary and corporate landscapes alike. With three captivating books under her belt, including two national best sellers, Julian’s latest work, “Alpha Girls,” is poised to disrupt the Silicon Valley narrative as we know it.

“Alpha Girls,” set to debut in early 2019, is more than a book; it’s a revelation. Drawing comparisons to the empowering tales of “Hidden Figures” and the captivating drama of “The Social Network,” this masterpiece unveils the riveting saga of the unsung heroines of Silicon Valley. In a world dominated by male protagonists, Julian’s narrative shines a light on the trailblazing women who defied the odds, reshaped industries, and carved out their place in the annals of tech history. Through their stories, we witness the birth and ascent of tech giants like Microsoft, Facebook, and Google, all through the lens of these remarkable “alpha girls.”

Julian’s journey from a childhood immersed in literature to a celebrated 25-year career in daily journalism is a testament to her unwavering passion for words and storytelling. Throughout her illustrious career, she has garnered accolades, awards, and nominations for the Pulitzer Prize, showcasing her exceptional talent and dedication to the craft.

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Background and Expertise:

Julian Guthrie’s expertise is multifaceted, drawing from a rich tapestry of experiences spanning journalism, literature, and keynote speaking. With a career rooted in the power of words, Julian’s ability to craft compelling narratives transcends mediums, captivating audiences and leaving a lasting impact.

  • Journalistic Prowess: With over two decades of experience in daily journalism, Julian has honed her skills as a master storyteller. From investigative reports to feature articles, her work reflects a commitment to truth, integrity, and the art of storytelling.
  • Best-Selling Author: Julian’s literary contributions have garnered widespread acclaim, with two national best sellers to her name. Her ability to unearth untold stories and breathe life into complex narratives has earned her a devoted readership and critical acclaim.
  • Keynote Speaking: As a keynote speaker, Julian brings her stories to life on stage, captivating audiences with her infectious energy and dynamic storytelling. With a keen understanding of audience engagement and the power of narrative, she leaves a lasting impression on every stage she graces.
  • Industry Insight: Through her extensive research and interviews, Julian offers unparalleled insight into the inner workings of Silicon Valley and the tech industry at large. Her deep understanding of the dynamics at play and her ability to humanize complex issues make her a sought-after authority on the subject.
  • Empowerment Advocate: Beyond her professional endeavors, Julian is a passionate advocate for empowerment and equality. Through her work, she amplifies the voices of underrepresented individuals and champions diversity in all its forms.

Julian Guthrie is more than a speaker; she is a catalyst for change, a beacon of inspiration, and a storyteller for the ages. Book her for your next event and embark on a journey of discovery, empowerment, and transformation.

Reasons to Book Julian Guthrie:

  1. Compelling Narrative: Julian’s ability to craft compelling narratives sets her apart as a speaker. With a knack for storytelling honed through years of journalistic experience, she captivates audiences and leaves a lasting impression.
  2. Unique Perspective: As the author of “Alpha Girls,” Julian offers a unique perspective on the inner workings of Silicon Valley and the pivotal role of women in tech. Her insights challenge conventional wisdom and offer a fresh lens through which to view the tech industry.
  3. Inspiration and Empowerment: Julian’s stories of resilience, determination, and success inspire audiences to reach for new heights and embrace their potential. Her message of empowerment resonates deeply with audiences from all walks of life, sparking meaningful change and transformation.
  4. Relevance and Timeliness: In an era marked by rapid technological advancement and shifting societal norms, Julian’s insights into the tech industry are more relevant than ever. By booking her for your event, you ensure that your audience stays ahead of the curve and gains valuable insights into the forces shaping our world.
  5. Unparalleled Expertise: With a career spanning journalism, literature, and keynote speaking, Julian brings unparalleled expertise to the stage. Whether delving into the complexities of Silicon Valley or exploring the power of storytelling, she delivers a memorable and impactful experience for all.

Booking Julian Guthrie Through Speakers Inc:

When you book Julian Guthrie through Speakers Inc, you’re not just securing a speaker; you’re investing in a transformative experience for your audience. As a leading professional speakers bureau, Speakers Inc offers unparalleled access to top-tier talent, ensuring that your event stands out from the crowd.

Julian Guthrie’s personal story shows how a love of something — whatever it is — can take you far in life. “Going from a little girl who loved to read to journalism to author to the founder of a tech company actually feels like a continuum,” Julian says. “I just took my love, my skills, and pivoted into new mediums. At its core, though, I’m still telling stories.”

Driven by an understanding of how stories can open minds, change lives, and jumpstart industries, Julian founded a 501c3 national nonprofit, The Alpha Girls Institute, to support and spotlight the lives and stories of women and girls across the globe.


In a world inundated with noise, Julian Guthrie rises above as a beacon of clarity, inspiration, and empowerment. Through her captivating storytelling, unwavering passion, and unparalleled expertise, she leaves an indelible mark on all who have the privilege of experiencing her work. Book Julian Guthrie through Speakers Inc and embark on a journey of discovery, enlightenment, and transformation. The stage is set, the story awaits – are you ready to be inspired?

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