OPEN Fellow – Julia Storberg-Walker


PhD in Work, Community, and Family Education; Certified e-Co Leadership Coach; Certified Healing Touch Practitioner

Interests & Passions

Consciousness development, spirituality, indigenous research methods, collaborative autoethnography, alternative pedagogies including somatic, trauma healing, etc.


Julia Storberg-Walker is Chair of the Human and Organizational Learning Department, Program Director of the Organizational Leadership and Learning Program, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Human and Organizational Learning in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development. After serving in various leadership capacities at Deloitte & Touche and Deloitte Consulting (1985-1999), she shifted to the non-profit sector and received her PhD in Work, Community, and Family Education from the University of Minnesota in 2004. She has been recognized for her critically-informed teaching, research, and activism/service as the recipient of multiple awards including the R. Wayne Pace Book of the Year Award by the Academy of Human Resource Development (2019), the Laura Bierema Critical HRD Award (also from the Academy of Human Resource Development) in 2017; and the Outstanding Research Award from the International Leadership Association (2015). Julia was inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension by North Carolina State University—during her tenure there, she was the recipient of over $1.2 million dollars in grants, and submitted almost $7 million dollars in grant proposals. She is a former Vice President and Board member of the Academy of Human Resource Development, former Editor-in-Chief of JCI and SCOPUS-ranked Human Resource Development Review, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Management, Spirituality and Religion Interest Group of the Academy of Management. Currently, Julia’s activist/scholar work is generative and aims to develop equitable and compassionate frameworks, models, and processes for the purpose of catalyzing whole planet interdependence and flourishing. This work is transdisciplinary and grounded in contemporary philosophical perspectives including posthumanism, new materialism, quantum field theory, and wisdom traditions spanning diverse cultures and historical moments.

Why am I an OPEN fellow?

To be in alignment with what I understand to be my soul’s purpose.

How can I help change agents?

A wise person once said “the success of any intervention is dependent on the inner condition of the intervenor.” My work is dedicated to fostering the kind of inner transformation of leaders and change agents that can catalyze system changes for planetary flourishing and healing. The work I offer blends ideas from different thinkers, including Donella Meadows, Otto Scharmer, Robin Wall Kimmerer, David Bohm, Anita Sanchez, Trabian Shorters, and others. I design learning and development interventions, conduct executive leadership coaching, and conduct applied research aimed at personal transformation and change.

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