Julie has an unswerving belief in the unlimited potential of people and her career focus is on assisting people reach their full potential.
Julie Bartlett has worked for over 20 charitable organisations including Save the Children, Alzheimers Foundation, Autism NZ and Multiple Sclerosis Society in roles ranging from volunteer to CEO. She and her husband started StarJam to focus on the talents of young people with disabilities never thinking about what others see as disabilities, therefore providing the opportunity for these young people to contribute to society, rather than rely on it.
The organisation has enjoyed phenomenal success in its formative years building an impressive collection of celebrity endorsements, both here and overseas and a big network of support.
Julie has produced and directed 14 major stage productions for StarJam with casts of over 200. In 2012 she successfully produced a first-of-a-kind show where StarJam’s children performed the same performances in two separate venues in two different cities, linked by video conferencing.
Julie’s contributions to the community were recognised in the Queens Birthday Honours in June 2013. She was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Julie has attracted a plethora of awards both personally and for StarJam.
They include an Auckland City Living Legend Award, an Attitude Community Award recognising contributions to the disabled community and semi-finalist and finalist every year in the New Zealander of the Year Awards since they started in 2010. Julie was named NEXT Woman of the Year 2012.