Since making history at the age of 14 as the first and youngest female champion in the Skip Barber Racing Series, Julia Landauer has amassed dozens of racing series wins. She became the first woman in her division to win a NASCAR Track Championship at Motor Mile Speedway and finished 4th in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, the highest finishing female in the series’ 64-year history.
Julia graduated from Stanford University in 2014, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Science, Technology, and Society. It was also in college that Julia started her motivational speaking career, now speaking to audiences of corporations, universities, and conferences, including Fortune’s Most Powerful Women. As she climbs the NASCAR ladder, Julia shares passion on stage as an advocate for STEM education and women’s empowerment.
Julia collaborates with organizations such as Spotify and Disney/Pixar and served as an external advisor to Hyundai Motor Corporation’s Center for Robotic-Augmented Design in Living Experience. In 2017, Julia became an honoree for the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the sports category, and the only female member of the highly selective NASCAR Next class of 2016-2017. As a college student, Julia also appeared as a contestant on the CBS reality show SURVIVOR.
Drive: How to Gain and Maintain a Competitive Advantage
What drives success? How do you position yourself to maximize your potential? How can you reframe 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 the studies she read at Stanford, Julia delivers emotional, fact-based observations and proposes a variety of habits and mindsets that can help women succeed.
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