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Innovating grief / legacy

Transforming loss into a legacy of resilience

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In her poignant keynote on innovating grief / legacy, Julie shares a determined hope to reshape the narrative surrounding the grieving process, infusing it with curiosity and authenticity. Drawing from her personal journey navigating grief, Julie invites audiences to view the ebb and flow of loss with less negativity and more openness to its evolving nature.

At the heart of Julie's narrative is Dixie's multi-faceted legacy, characterized by his unwavering positivity in the face of adversity. Julie reflects on her own experiences, navigating grief on her terms and uncovering profound discoveries along the way. Through innovation and authentic positivity, she has not only survived a traumatic loss but thrived alongside the tragedy that has profoundly impacted her and her family.

Recognizing that grief is a universal experience, Julie emphasizes the importance of supporting individuals dealing with devastation within teams. Finding a delicate balance between allowing space for healing and maintaining productivity is key, ensuring that affected members can continue to contribute meaningfully while navigating their trauma and loss. Join Julie Brown as she shares her inspiring journey of resilience, offering insights and strategies to empower individuals and teams to transform grief into a legacy of strength and perseverance.

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Julie Brown, born in 1964 in Detroit, Michigan, USA, is a founding partner and managing director of Polar Circles/Polar Experience expedition activities since 1999. With extensive experience in polar exploration, she serves as a project manager and communications director for her team of polar guides. In addition to expedition management, Julie specializes in developing and delivering corporate activities, including keynote presentations and inspiring motivational speeches to diverse audiences.

Fluent in English as her native language, Julie is also proficient in Flemish/Dutch as her second language and conversational in French. Her unique ability to translate the rich metaphors from ambitious polar expeditions into relevant lessons for the business world adds an unexpected spark to any event. With over 20 years of public speaking experience, Julie excels in connecting with live audiences, particularly during spontaneous Q&A sessions, where she shares real anecdotes and visual stimulation from polar expeditions.

Julie's journey into polar exploration began under the guidance of Dixie Dansercoer (1962 – 2021) during her first polar expedition to Antarctica in 2000, which included a Mount Vinson ascent. Since then, she has served as the project coordinator for various expeditions, such as the Bering Strait Odyssey in 2005, In the Wake of the Belgica in 2007-2008, Antarctic ICE in 2011-2012, and Greenland ICE in 2014.

Beyond expedition management, Julie has also contributed to polar expedition cruises as a lecturer and guide in regions including the Antarctic Peninsula, Greenland, Svalbard, and Norway. Collaborating with Dixie, she has led corporate ICE Campaigns in Iceland, Spitsbergen, and Switzerland.

Julie is not only an experienced explorer but also a prolific writer, having published several expedition-related accounts since 1998. In 2014, she co-authored "Surpassing Sastrugi," a book that draws relevant parallels for corporate audiences. Julie also maintains the Polar Experience blog, sharing insights and experiences from her expeditions.

Julie was married to Dixie Dansercoer for 22 years until his passing in June 2021. Together, they have four children: Jasper, Evelien, Thijs, and Robin. Recently, they welcomed their first grandchild, Ender Dixie Dansercoer, into their family.

Julie Brown

Polar expedition coordinator and captivating storyteller, illuminating the parallels between polar expeditions and corporate challenges

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