Julie Reimer has enjoyed nearly 30 years of a scientific career in which she had the opportunity to experience a broad range of work and cultural environments. These experiences, including working in traditionally male-dominated environments, focused primarily on technical achievement, however, they provided insights and perspectives that fueled her passion for coaching, teaching and mentoring others for successful careers and living life fully. In her role as a scientist and a leader for Women in Action, an employee driven business network for women at the Weyerhaeuser Company, she coached and mentored others to reach higher and “not settle” for being comfortable in their careers. Throughout her career, Julie experienced the effects of a lack of focused and strategic employee development on the level of individual engagement. This is what fuels her interest and passion for creating inclusive environments not just for women, but for everyone.
Her first experience with the NW Diversity Learning Series (NWDLS) was while working at Weyerhaeuser with the support of Effenus Henderson, then chief diversity officer for the company. It was also when she met Barbara Deane, founder of the NWDLS, who facilitated an amazing women’s leadership panel for Women in Action called “Developing Women Leaders at Weyerhaeuser” in April 2004. It was a pivotal point in the growth and acceptance of employee business networks in the company.
After leaving Weyerhaeuser, Julie continued her support of the NWDLS as a volunteer. She was delighted when the opportunity to work with Effenus and Barbara again arose as they became Co-Directors and formed the Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion (ISDI). Julie is thrilled to further her passion for creating inclusive environments by utilizing her years of project management skills in the evolving future of ISDI and the coordination of the NWDLS sessions. She wears many hats for the organization and couldn’t be more pleased in doing so.
When not at work, Julie enjoys a variety of activities that range from hiking, running, softball and walking and creating natural bird houses and gardening. She taught herself how to set up a WordPress blog to share the recipes from her mom in an attempt to recreate the flavors and memories of her youth and the stories behind them. Julie is married to Diane, also an outdoor enthusiast, and together they are always planning their next big adventure!