About Julia Landauer - Two-time Champion NASCAR Driver, Advocate for STEM Education and Inspiring Speaker on Women’s Empowerment:
Julia Landauer is a NASCAR driver and two-time champion from New York City. Since making history as the first and youngest female champion in the Skip Barber Racing Series at age 14, Julia has amassed dozens of wins in many different racing series. After becoming the first woman to win a NASCAR Track Championship at Motor Mile Speedway in her division in 2015, Julia graduated to the televised NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in 2016. In the K&N series, Julia finished 4th in the championship, becoming the highest finishing female in the series’ 64-year history. Julia shares an inspiring story of her experience and insights, that audiences admire.
In January of 2017, Julia was selected as an honoree for the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the Sports category. Julia was also the only female member of the highly selective NASCAR Next class of 2016-2017.
Julia graduated from Stanford University in 2014, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Science, Technology, and Society. Julia has since purposefully built her brand where technology, community and racing intersect and fuse. During college Julia was a contestant on season 26 of CBS’ reality TV show SURVIVOR. It was also in college that Julia started her motivational speaking career with a TEDx talk - and she is now a sought-after speaker for corporations, universities, and conferences, including Fortune’s Most Powerful Women. Julia also served as an external advisor to Hyundai Motor Corporation’s Center for Robotic-Augmented Design in Living Experience.
As she climbs the NASCAR ladder Julia uses her racing platform to continue advocating for STEM education and women’s empowerment.
What Julia Landauer Talks About:
Drive: How to Gain and Maintain a Competitive Advantage
What drives success? How do you position yourself to maximize your potential? How can you re-frame your mentality to thrive? Does practice really make perfect? Julia Landauer addresses these questions and more in a thought-provoking and entertaining narrative, taking the audience behind-the-scenes into what enables success in any career. Although only 27 years old, Julia has been explicitly molding her career for over a decade. She has experienced success, as well as fought through adversity, gaining knowledge from every experience. Via experiential learning and research, Julia explores what every person can do to achieve the success they want.
Marrying Passion and STEM
From an early age Julia knew she loved the human/machine interaction she experienced by maneuvering a vehicle around the track. Through her dedication to the sport she loved, Julia learned that being technically literate would better prepare her to thrive in her industry. In this talk, Julia describes some of the unexpected parallels between her two worlds: college in Silicon Valley and the race track. She shares her thoughts on being a female in a male-dominated space, and she encourages her audience to better understand the STEM-related fields that can be applied to many different fields of study and industries.
Can Nice Girls Win (Races)?
In navigating the male-dominated field of racing, as early as the age of 10, Julia began grappling with stereotypes and negative assumptions about women. These social and cultural norms have held women back for centuries, Julia feels they must be tackled and overcome. Through colorful stories from her racing career, Julia addresses some of these stereotypes, how she overcame them – and the greater significance this process has for women everywhere, and the men who support them. Referencing her studies at Stanford, Julia delivers emotional, fact-based observations and proposes a variety of habits and mindsets that can help women succeed.
Julia’s expertise as a female, professional race-car driver is naturally compelling - even more so coming from a savvy, articulate young Stanford graduate. It was a pleasure watching Julia draw in her audience and keep them engaged from beginning to end. I only wish all of our speakers were as engaging.
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