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Julie Coffman

Chief Diversity Officer, Chicago

Head of our Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion practice.

Sobre Julie

Julie Coffman is a partner and our Chief Diversity Officer. She is the leader of our Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion practice, as well as a leader in our global Organization practice.

Julie works with clients across industries and regions to develop and deploy effective DEI strategies to meet the needs of their organizations and external partners. Some of her recent client engagements have included leading a DEI ambition-setting and strategy design effort for a global private equity fund for use internally and across its portfolio of companies and supporting the creation of OneTen - a coalition of employers committed to hiring one million Black Americans into family sustaining jobs without requiring a college degree. Internally, Julie leads Bain’s global DEI strategy and mobilization efforts for our people, our business and our communities. She is also the founding chair of Bain's Global Women's Leadership Council, which is focused on increasing the number of women in Bain's leadership ranks.

Julie has co-authored several articles on racial and gender equity including: Belonging, Support, and Trust: Racial Equity at Work,  Flexible Work Models: How to create sustainability in a 24/7 World and Charting the Course: Getting Women to the Top. She is also co-author of 10 Proven Actions to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion- a research-backed paper sharing tactics particularly effective at advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. 

Julie has extensive experience leading organizational redesign efforts to improve both leadership effectiveness and build a more inspired and productive workforce. Major recent engagements have included leading a cultural integration effort across newly merged media conglomerates to enable better teaming, collaboration and innovation, facilitating executive leadership team journeys to improve team health and effectiveness while also role-modelling more inspirational leadership for a healthcare services organization, and developing the operating model infrastructure for population health management inside of a leading Academic Medical Center.

Julie is active in her local community, having served on the board of the Northwestern University Settlement House and co-chairing the board of the Rowe Elementary School (a charter school in Chicago). She is also a member of the Chicago Network of Women Business leaders.

Julie earned her BA from Wesleyan University in Mathematics/Economics with highest honors and her MBA at Stanford University, where she was recognized as an Arjay Miller scholar. Julie also earned her MA in Educational Administration.

Julie and her husband Jim are proud parents of three children. In her personal time, Julie is an avid reader and enjoys staying in motion – she is an OrangeTheory enthusiast and is rediscovering tennis.  

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