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Motivational Speaker.  Author.  Influencer.

Julie McGrath is a licensed independent clinical social worker and motivational speaker.  She started The Joy Source in 2009 with a vision of inspiring people to seek out a life of joy, passion and adventure.  She wrote her first book in 2012, Joy Worthy: A mother’s guide to more joy, less stress and no guilt and followed up with her second book in 2017, The Right Time is Right Now6 questions to help you let go of the excuses and change your life today.   Her message through her books, podcasts and live events is to live the life you’ve always dreamed about.

Julie developed a professional speaking business where for the past ten years has conducted workshops and webinars on workplace issues.   Julie is an industry thought leader who speaks to audiences as big as six hundred people and she has been known for her innovative and energetic keynote speeches and workshops.  Her focus is on promoting a positive workplace and her dynamic energetic style mixed with humor makes her a captivating speaker.

“Your presentation (Working with Difficult People: How to Create Positive Relationships at Work and Dispel Workplace Negativity) for the mental health lecture series today, was a big hit! Every completed evaluation form reflected what an excellent job you did. Several people commented on the significant value of your topic and the immediate applicability of suggestions provided.  I do hope that you will consider doing another presentation for us.”

Reflect on This

Reflect on This

In my workshops, I speak about reflection as a self-care tool, because it’s nice to invite the quiet in, calm the mind, and reflect about your life. Reflection is an important tool that often gets neglected. Without reflection, how would you know if you are heading in...

Recognize the Signs of Burnout

Recognize the Signs of Burnout

Do you know what burnout out looks and feels like? While it can be different for everyone, here are some key clues that you may be burnt out: Anxiety and dread before your work shift begins Difficulty sleeping and physical complaints No longer feeling satisfied in...

Stress is NOT Normal: 4 Rules for Self-care

Stress is NOT Normal: 4 Rules for Self-care

I started speaking about Job Stress, Burnout, and Self-care about 9 years ago and today it is still the most popular presentation I give to all types of workplaces.  I update it, change it and revise as new information becomes available but the message is tried and...

What People Are Saying…

Julie McGrath M.S.W., LICSW is a first rate speaker and industry thought leader. She is a top rated professional, who is held in the highest regard. We have had the good fortune of Julie being one of our speakers for the past several years. She provides innovative trainings that fill a room.  Some of the many comments we have had over the years include “This training should be mandatory, Julie is an engaging dynamic speaker and excellent trainer one of the best I have been to”. When Julie prepares and teaches a workshop the focus is on knowledge applicable within the industry. People don’t want just theories they want to utilize what they learn. If you want to stay relevant and current in your industry absolutely take part in one of her professional trainings.

Wendy Bea Dalwin

Director of Communities and Events, Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Inc.

Very inspiring! The practical tips you gave to our group of nurses helped us reduce stress and improved morale almost immediately! And even better…weeks later, people are still implementing the tools!

Lisa Gouldthorpe MSN, RN CNS

Psychiatric Educator , North Shore Medical Center

Since the workshop, I’m doing much better – went on vacation, getting a kayak, and including making sure to prioritize completing CEUs for my licensure as part of my self-care plan as well –  and I think I’ll be able to work with my client population for a longer time to come thanks to starting off with The Joy Source.


Case Manager

Today Julie came into my office and gave the most inspirational seminar about The Joy Source. I am hooked and going to find my new Healthy Obsession. I couldn’t thank you enough for my outlook today. I look forward to your newsletters and recommendations of some good books.


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