February 28, 1981
San Francisco

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Julia Allison is a nationally recognized journalist, public speaker, startup advisor and former tv personality. She is currently finishing her first book, "Experiments in Happiness," to published by St. Martin's Press.

A veteran commentator and tv host, Allison has made over 1,000 tv appearances on nearly every network, including CNN, MTV, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and E! In 2012, she starred in her own BRAVO tv documentary series (aka reality show), something she now describes as "a rather unpleasant, oddly fascinating, very unlikely bootcamp for the soul."

Allison got her start in journalism as a columnist for Georgetown University when she was an undergraduate; to date she has published over 400 articles for publications as diverse as The New York Times, ELLE, Newsweek, New York Magazine, The Guardian and Cosmopolitan, covering everything from Burning Man to Comic Con to New York Fashion Week to the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

As one of the new millennium’s gonzo journalists, she wrote a long running column for Time Out New York, a love column for ELLE magazine and an internationally syndicated technology column for Tribune Media Services. She is one of only a handful of women ever to be featured on the cover of WIRED magazine - at age 27 - representing a new generation of innovative journalism and personal branding.

She has spoken at MIT, Wharton, Harvard, and at numerous conferences around the world about the human potential movement, new media, innovation, entrepreneurship, transformational culture, creativity and happiness. She has advised C-level executives & co-founders at Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Tumblr, companies such as Sony, Intel, Cisco, Radioshack and a dozen or so startups like About.me, mainly with regard to high level press strategy and media training their executives.

A recovering social media addict with over 400k combined Facebook and Twitter followers, she’s lived in New York, LA, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, DC, where she worked on Capitol Hill as the youngest full time legislative staff member in the 107th Congress for then-Congressman (now Senator) Mark Kirk.

After a decade of forging a more “traditional” media career path, five years ago she went totally gonzo, sent herself to an ashram, and from there embarked upon an extensive series of over 200 transformational experiments - from Native American sweat lodges to ecstatic dance to ayahuasca with a shaman in Peru - ultimately becoming an outspoken evangelist for the human potential movement.

Her life mission is to be an exuberant force for good, opening people’s hearts to deeper connection with one another, inspiring them to greater heights in their creative self-expression and galvanizing them to lead a life of meaning, inquiry, self-discovery and service to their own unique path and purpose.

Allison currently lives in San Francisco’s Marina neighborhood, where she relishes being a social alchemist and bridge builder amongst disparate groups of brilliant and motivated change makers - from artists to scientists to healers to technologists - encouraging them to collaborate on how to evolve their own lives - and ultimately the consciousness of the planet.

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Dec 10, 2014Tech Cocktail - The New Art of Launching with Tony Conrad of About.me

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