Julie Silard Kantor
“The people who mentor at your company are the people who drive retention at your company.”
Founder & CEO
Julie Kantor is an ‘all-in’ roll-up your sleeves leader & social impact entrepreneur committed to building mentoring cultures to drive employee engagement and elevating women in the STEM workforce. Whether in a boardroom with executives or working with collaborative teams, Julie instills excitement, inspires commitment, and demonstrates an unwavering drive to help others succeed. Two adages Julie often shares with clients are “Mentor your Millennials or they will leave and find a company that will,” and “If you want more diversity, you need to mentor and sponsor more diversely.” In 2017 Julie stepped up as Co-Chair for Leadership Greater Washington Signature program and has chaired multiple conferences focused on women in the workforce, STEM, and entrepreneurship.
Julie’s 5th start-up Twomentor, LLC, focuses on elevating women in STEM, and retaining a skilled diverse workforce, builds on Julie’s 24 years in workforce development and building movements including Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (former Executive Director 1992- 2012 of DC Region, Boston, National VP) and Million Women Mentors (team lead and Chief Partnership Officer). As a sought-after global speaker and connector, Julie is well networked to the national community of top business, academic, nonprofit, & government leaders. She has worked & consulted with clients such as: Cisco, Samsung, Tata (TCS), Intel, Sony, BP, Ernst & Young, The Federal Reserve Bank, The World Bank, American University’s Kogod School of Business, Anthem Inc., Barilla, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Stratasys, UPS and more (testimonials here). She recently gave a TEDx style presentation to 400 Millennials from 85 countries at the UN on social impact (speaking engagements and videos).
Julie was honored by the White House in 2012 for her 20-year career in youth entrepreneurship education & as a SmartCEO (“15 Leaders We Admire” & Brava Hall of Fame for Women’s Leadership). She has been featured on CNN.com, Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Forbes.com, Huffington Post Live, and AT & T Women Who Inspire. She is also the author of I Said Yes: Youth Entrepreneurship in America’s Schools (Gazelles Publishing) and numerous other publications including Million Women Mentors & BP’s 20 Hour Mentor Action Guide, The Mentor Road Trip™ Training Guide, Youth Entrepreneurship in America (The Aspen Institute). Julie is also a contributing author to Women in STEM: Realizing the Potential with Tata Consulting Services, has written for The Diplomatic Courier, and has been a Business and Tech Blogger for Huffington Post since 2012. She was born and raised in Washington DC, graduated from Sidwell Friends High School and Simmons College. 1994 Price-Babson Fellow and Leadership Greater Washington 2017. Julie lives in Bethesda MD with her husband Marc, teen daughter and Havanese pup, Naomi. She loves travel to Asia, Europe, jewelry making, karaoke singing, 18 Netflix shows, and having coffee with mentors and mentees. CONTACT: Julie@twomentor.com
Vice President, Global Corporate Partnerships
Gunilla is a results-driven agile—internationally recognized—leader backed by strong market development skills and a vast international network. She has 20+ years of experience in helping companies and organizations grow and succeed in the United States and Scandinavia. She has a keen entrepreneurial understanding of the possibilities of growth and transformation by understanding, identifying, and capturing emerging markets and needs—all while helping the next generation of leaders excel.
She is very excited to be part of the Twomentor team which provides a perfect platform for her to help companies create healthy work cultures where women, millennials, and minorities are elevated to leadership positions with the help of corporate mentoring and sponsorship programs.
Gunilla is a change-maker for goodness to be reckoned with! She is a master networker, generous connector and smart strategist, manifested in her desire to make the world better through effective action. She has made a remarkable difference in the lives of so many youth while helping companies find talent, meaning and building a new foundation for their industries.
As President & CEO for Mentor Foundation USA, founded by H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden, she led the organization from a local to national key partner in drug prevention programs for youth by transforming its program platform to be portable, scalable, cost-effective—and most importantly accessible to thousands more young people across the United States.
As past President for the Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce (SACC-USA), the organization grew to be the second largest European chamber of commerce in the U.S. She created two new regional offices in the U.S. and launched a highly successful business matchmaking program designed to facilitate regional economic development and position SACC-USA as a key player in trans-Atlantic trade and commerce as well as a central connecting point for investors, businesses, government- and trade organizations and universities.
In advising young people entering the working world today, including the seventy interns she’s had over the years, Gunilla underscores the importance of taking the time to travel and engage in cross-cultural experiences. But she has more advice for the older generations who can learn so much when they take the time to invest in young people. “It’s important for every professional to stay connected with how the younger generation is thinking and operating,” she affirms. “It keeps the organization fresh and innovative and gives young people the opportunity to engage and contribute. If we give them a platform to speak up and we are willing to listen, they have a lot of great things to say.”
Each company, organization, and individual that Gunilla touches is a stitch in the work of art that Gunilla has dedicated her life to completing. “To me, embroidery symbolizes the extreme patience, care, and commitment it takes to create any complex entity of meaning and elegance,” she says. “Whether you’re building a business, growing a foundation, or pursuing some other goal in life, you have to undertake the tedious, detail-oriented work of building success step-by-step. Every stitch matters.”
AND SHE FIRMLY BELIEVES THAT THE BEST IS YET TO COME!
Gunilla is a recipient of SmartCEO Brava Award (2016) and is recognized as a Profile in Success (2016) by Bernhard Wealth Management. She’s a sought-after global speaker on Mentoring, Personal & Professional Development, and Networking. CONTACT: Gunilla@twomentor.com
Executive Assistant & Scheduler: Sophia Daniels (Sophia@twomentor.com)
Ana Manduley Carreras Atarodian
Business Development Manager:
We also recognize with much gratitude our intern associates who served with and helped build the company both past and present:
Bridget McKeough, Febin Bellamy, Matt Curry, Delia Borbone, Lauren Bolduc, Samantha Nardone, Ana Estela Fernandez
Amina Tasneem, and Jhane Sears
Chief Happiness Officer
Naomi Kantor (10-pound Havanese) who is known to come to work a day or two a week and a big hit with our interns