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Unleashing Excellence: on empowering authentic (out)performance

Achieving grand goals through discipline and determination

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In her compelling keynote on empowering authentic (out)performance / grand goal achievement, Julie Brown draws inspiration from her experiences alongside polar exploration pioneer Dixie Dansercoer. Through their shared journeys in harsh and unforgiving environments, Julie witnessed firsthand the discipline and consistency that underpin extraordinary achievements.

Throughout Dixie's illustrious career, he continually pushed boundaries, transforming inhospitable landscapes into his office space and defying the odds with remarkable resilience. Julie offers a unique perspective, providing insights into the meticulous preparation and unwavering commitment required for such grand projects. From her participation in an Antarctic expedition in 2000 to establishing operational base camps in remote locations, Julie sheds light on the sacrifices and dedication inherent in the pursuit of excellence.

Join Julie Brown as she unveils the behind-the-scenes intricacies of these monumental endeavors, inspiring audiences to embrace discipline, determination, and a relentless pursuit of excellence in their own pursuit of grand goals.

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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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