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Julie Wainwright

A technology industry veteran, e-commerce pioneer, and brand management expert whose career spans more than 25 years, Julie Wainwright is a serial tech entrepreneur and founder of online marketplace The RealReal and personalized nutrition company Ahara.

Meet Julie Wainwright

Julie Wainwright is an entrepreneur and c-suite executive who has spent her career taking companies like Berkeley Systems, Reel.com, and The RealReal to new heights. She is also well-known for her keynote and motivational speaking. Julie Wainwright is available to be booked for corporate and private events. Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group today to inquire about Julie Wainwright’s fees.

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Career CEO

Julie Wainwright began her career at Clorox working in brand management and computer software before becoming CEO of Berkeley Systems. As CEO, she was instrumental in changing the company’s strategy and turning it into a leading interactive entertainment entity. However, when the company was sold to CUC in late 1996 she was replaced as CEO. This led Julie to her next role as president and CEO of Reel.com. Four months later, Hollywood Video purchased Reel.com in a deal valued around $100 million.

Then, Julie was asked to become CEO of Pets.com. While Pets.com met the fate of many other dotcom bubble startups, Julie was determined to learn as much as she could from the company’s failure. 

The RealReal

In 2011, Julie founded The RealReal, an online marketplace for users to buy and sell authenticated luxury goods. With The RealReal, Julie revolutionized the way people buy and sell high-end products across all categories. Additionally, the company is a pioneer in sustainability efforts in the luxury space. In fact, The RealReal is the first luxury member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s CE100 USA and the first resale member of the UN Climate Change’s Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action.

In 2019, Julie took the company public, making her the 23rd woman in history to found and lead a company to an IPO. Finally, After 11 years working as the company’s CEO, Julie stepped down in 2022 to pursue other endeavors in business and keynote speaking.


Following her time at The RealReal, Julie co-founded Ahara, a personalized nutrition company, in 2022 with longtime friend Dr. Melina Jampolis. As a patient, Julie realized that Dr. Melina’s proven, food-first nutritional philosophy could create better health outcomes for many more people. By leveraging the power of multi-omic inputs from their health questionnaire, genetic, epigenetic, and biomarker testing, Ahara fuses technology, nutritional science, and data science to deliver a proprietary personalized nutrition solution like no other. 

Praise & Recognition

During her entrepreneurship journey, Julie has received numerous awards and nominations, including:

Hire Julie Wainwright

Julie Wainwright is also a sought-after speaker for industry, corporate, and private events. The ForbesWomen’s Summit, Code Commerce, Osservatorio Altagamma Monitor, Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit, New York Times’ Luxury Summit, Barron’s Copenhagen Fashion Summit, Financial Times’ Business of Luxury Summit, Stanford University, and Purdue University have all hired Julie Wainwright to speak at their event.

How to Hire Julie Wainwright

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Key Audience Takeaways

The Power of Failure

In this captivating keynote speech, Julie Wainwright delves into the transformative power of failure. Drawing from her own experiences in the business world, Wainwright shares invaluable insights on how failure can be a catalyst for growth, innovation, and ultimately, success.

With the wealth of knowledge gained from her impressive career, Julie explores the importance of embracing failure as a necessary stepping stone toward achieving greatness. She highlights how failures can provide invaluable lessons, fuel resilience, and ignite the entrepreneurial spirit within individuals and organizations.

Through captivating storytelling and real-life examples, Wainwright inspires audiences to shift their perspective on failure. She challenges conventional notions of success and encourages attendees to view setbacks as opportunities for learning and personal development. By reframing failure as a powerful tool rather than a source of shame or disappointment, Julie empowers individuals to take risks, push boundaries, and unlock their full potential.

Explore The Power of Failure and discover how embracing setbacks can lead to unparalleled success in the ever-evolving world of business by hiring Julie Wainwright today.


Collaboration, Creativity, & Cause: Building A Culture and Getting Results

In this keynote, Julie Wainwright teaches audiences how to build a culture that not only supports your business performance but improves it.  

During her career as a c-suite executive, Julie has seen some companies crumble and others achieve tremendous success. With that extensive experience, comes years of insights into what separated these high-performance cultures. 

Attendees will leave this keynote speech with a deeper understanding of the importance of building a culture that encourages collaboration, creativity, and cause within their organizations. Specifically, they will gain practical strategies for empowering employees, fostering innovation, and aligning company & employee values. Ultimately, they will be inspired to create positive change within their company and drive meaningful business results.


Think You Want to Start a Company? Here’s What You Need to Know

In this engaging and informative keynote speech, Julie Wainwright provides invaluable advice and practical tips to navigate the challenging world of entrepreneurship.

Drawing from her journey as the founder and CEO of multiple successful companies, including The RealReal and Ahara, Julie delves into the key factors that contribute to success. She also addresses the common challenges and pitfalls that entrepreneurs often face and offers strategies for overcoming them. From managing finances and securing funding to marketing and branding strategies, attendees will gain invaluable insights from a career entrepreneur.

Attendees can expect to leave this keynote speech feeling motivated, informed, and equipped with the knowledge, tools, and strategies to turn their entrepreneurial dreams into reality. Whether you are a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting out, this keynote is a must-attend event for anyone looking to succeed in business.

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