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Inspiring people to take action


Jules Allen is a remarkable Australian with a truly moving story. Guided by the philosophy that “your greatest adversity in life is your greatest gift,” Jules’ message centres on accepting life’s challenges and using them as springboards for positive change. Her address to TEDx Melbourne on the power of acceptance was met with tumultuous applause and a standing ovation.

Jules is an award winning Youth Advocate. For the past twenty years, she has worked in youth support, child protection, as a school counsellor and in private practice for young people and families in crisis.

Jules’s troubled beginnings create the backbone to her expertise in this field. Having experienced years of childhood sexual abuse and a family breakdown, Jules went on to become a youth at risk. Heavy drug and alcohol addiction lead to poor decision making. At 21 she found herself as a young Mum in a domestic violence situation.

Making the decision to be not defined by her experiences, Jules turned her adversity in to an asset. She chose to care for 32 Foster children and is the proud Mother of 4 adult children, a blend of her own, fostered and adopted. In 2013, prompted by a dare from her kids, Jules found herself as a contestant on MasterChef Australia. In quintessential style, she put her new profile to use by emphasizing the healing power of good food in raising well-balanced children.

There is so much to admire about Jules Allen including her sheer determination to make a difference, her attitude in the face of extraordinary adversity; and her contagious positivity. She is an inspirational speaker with personal leadership lessons for us all.

Jules is currently based in Victoria.

Current work

Jules is now the face of Australian charities such as Adopt Change and Foster Care Australia. In 2010 she re-built a condemned refuge in the Solomon Islands for Women and children escaping violence and abuse. Known for her captivating, humorous and candid presence, Jules has been featured on television programs including Australian Story and The Project, and major magazines such as New Idea, the online Women's Weekly and The Collective.

Talking Points

How to Live and Extraordinary Life

It is not life’s experiences that define us. It’s what we choose to do with them that define us. Your challenges, trials and triumphs are what set you apart from the crowd. They are your point of difference if you know how to make them truly matter. Anyone can live an extraordinary life.

“Gifts in Shitty Wrapping Paper” - How to Turn Adversity into Ambition

We don’t always have a say over what it is that we experience in life. How do we take all of our experiences - the good and the bad - and turn them in to our greatest asset?

Through overcoming her own personal challenges, Jules now lives by the mantra that our biggest challenges in life are our greatest gifts.

Resilience keeps you alive, whereas armed with the right tool kit, overcoming adversity provides you with an opportunity to thrive. It’s not what happens to us in life that defines us... It’s what we chose to do with it.

In this presentation Jules leaves her audience spellbound as she delicately intertwines her personal trials with a tried and tested theory for, not just overcoming your ordeal, but striving as a result of it. She inspires and restores a sound belief in peoples’ sense of purpose.

THE Weakness in Resilience

Resilience is one of the hottest, most talked about topics of recent times. But what if resilience, alone, is not enough.

The truth is we are born resilient. We are born hard wired for struggle.

The suicide rate in Australia is at an all-time high and self-harm is an epidemic. Resilience is not a flawed concept, but it is not the backbone to success…in life or otherwise.

Jules now sees that the most valuable tool for success and fulfilment is ‘acceptance’.

Until you accept, you simply cannot move forward. It is paramount. If you are lost, the first thing you need to accept is that you are lost before you can find your way out.

Resilience implies that you carry on in spite of. Acceptance provides you with the opportunity to carry on ‘because of’.
As a part of this presentation you will learn:

- How to capitalise on your most challenging experiences
- The art of acceptance
- How to challenge all that your pre conceived ideas and societal norms
- Never to waste an experience
- How to strive and not just survive
- How to relinquish the illusion of control
- How to lead from a place of acceptance and not control

For Schools: Overcome Anxiety for Life!

Don't simply manage symptoms, learn the tools and skills to live without anxiety in two, easy one hour sessions.

1. Learn from a neurological perspective how anxiety manifests in the brain and body.
2. Learn a simple formula, backed by neuroscience, that gives you the opportunity to live anxiety-free.
3. The workshop teaches you how to implement this toolkit and maintain a healthy and sustainable anxiety free life.
Jules was FANTASTIC. Anecdotally we’ve had great feedback - she really resonated, was real and authentic, and moved and inspired the room. Fonterra

What an incredible presentation by Jules Allen. One of the most honest and real presentations I have the honour of listening too. Jules discussed some really difficult life experiences that had the whole audience thoroughly engaged. She was thought provoking and her insight into life and young people today was truly amazing. She emanates a real warmth and a natural humour that really connects her to her audience. She very willingly stayed on to speak with members of her audience. I would not hesitate to recommend Jules Allen.

St Brigid's Primary
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