Dr. Julia Sloan

Rock the Boat!

Breakthrough Ideas on How to Become a More Strategic Thinker

Being strategically competitive in today’s chaotic and complex global environment requires a different way of looking at how we approach strategic thinking. Intended for leaders who currently have strategic responsibility, the focus of this session is on the learning aspect of strategic thinking. Using an unconventional approach to strategic thinking, four key issues will be addressed: What is strategic thinking? What makes leaders “strategic?” Why do organizations need strategic thinkers? How can your strategic thinking be strengthened and how can you energize the strategic capability of your organization?


Julia’s academic research and executive development practice draw upon more than two decades of her own expatriate corporate experience in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asian Republics, Europe and North America working on strategic thinking to align the business agenda with prevailing economic, cultural and social issues.

The founder of Sloan International, Inc., Julia understands the complexity and the constantly changing challenges faced by global leaders. She teaches strategic thinking at Columbia University and has lectured at some of the premier academic institutions including: MIT and Harvard University, Brookings Institute (USA), Beijing University and Central University of Finance and Economics (China), Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government (Dubai), King Saud University (Saudi Arabia), Tokyo University and Keio University (Japan), and India Institute of Management (India). Her seminars are valued by Fortune 100 companies and her client roster consists of seven of the top 10 most innovative companies worldwide.

Julia is the author of the research-based book, Learning to Think Strategically, 3rd ed., (Financial Times, Best Business Book of the Year, 2007) and has authored more than 32 privately commissioned papers for global corporations and think tanks. She has received the Innovative Influence Award, Faculty Excellence Award, Outstanding Teaching Award, Ahead of the Curve Award, and was granted a Researcher in Residence fellowship for her work on learning to think strategically. A resident of New York City, Julia’s educational background includes a doctorate from Columbia University; master’s studies at Yale University and University of Alaska; and undergraduate studies from Kent State University.