Julie is an energetic, funny and provocative motivational speaker who brings audiences alive with humorous and thought-provoking talks using her experience as a plus size marathon runner and overcoming crippling fear and adversity to become a serial entrepreneur and adventurer.
As founder and CEO of Too Fat to Run, an epic global fitness brand, which now inspires millions of overweight women to improve their health and happiness at whatever size they are, working to inspire women to lose the fear and achieve more than they ever thought possible…and all while just being themselves.
Her Going The Distance System helps audiences clarify their WHY, dump the excess weight of guilt and procrastination, and gives effective tools to help overcome the “I’m not good enough” struggles that many of us face.
Julie speaks to entrepreneurs, corporates, government organisations, trade associations and schools & colleges delivering tangible outcomes…although she also ensures her audiences have a good time too.
As an experienced workshop facilitator, she can also help bring your event to life as an engaging conference activator, breaking up the day with fun interactive health-based activities to encourage bursts of movement and to kick-start sustainable habits around being more active each day at work or at home.
Julie has a 20 year career in project management across the sports, culture and volunteering sectors including 8 years on London 2012 inspiring people locally to get onboard. She is now considered a global expert on plus size fitness and uses her life experience to empower women (and often men too) to increase productivity, prioritise health and happiness, and to go for their dreams.
“Julie was our BUCS Conference keynote speaker this year and was a highly engaging, fun and energetic deliverer. She challenged delegates to think differently about how to engage underrepresented groups in sport and physical activity, suggesting how the university sports sector can really make a difference in this area by placing itself in the participant’s shoes.
Julie was great to work with from start to finish, from the planning phase through to the Conference delivery and nailed the brief that was provided. I’d recommend any Conference or event that is looking to get delegates to think outside the box and gain new perspectives on how to get people active to get in touch with Julie.”
Matt HoldStock, British Universities & colleges of Sport, UK
“Julie is one of the most easy-going, down to earth and inspirational speakers I know. She absolutely epitomises the word ‘authentic’ and easily captivates audiences with her charm, humour and powerful message about overcoming fear and achieving what you might consider big, fat, stupid goals.
I had the privilege of seeing Julie in action on several occasions, most recently when we both spoke at the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa Annual Convention in Cape Town where she received a well-deserved standing ovation – a pretty amazing feat in a room full of professional speakers! If you’re looking for a funny, engaging and entertaining motivational speaker that will inspire your audience to achieve greatness in health, business and life, do yourself a favour and book Julie Creffield today it was brilliant.
Mel Sherwood, Pitch & Presentation Specialist UK
“If you want to use a proper keynote speaker then look no further than Julie Creffield. I have used her services on a number of occasions for a variety of audiences and she never fails to deliver thought-provoking, passionate and practical speeches which ALWAYS leave attendees with useful take-aways for them as individuals and business owners. This lady Is the real deal – book her or miss out..”
Glen Addis, Director of East London Business Place
“I saw Julie Creffield speak at the Festival of Female Entrepreneurs and she was inspirational. She gave a great speech which really resonated with the audience. It was thoughtful, thought-provoking and motivational and she delivered it brilliantly. She was given a well-deserved standing ovation at the end!”
Esther Thompson, Entrepreneur
“I come across many speakers in the “speaker circuit” – Julie was recommended to speak at our December Regional Event in the City and was an instant winner! She’s down to earth, says it like it is and has a real passion for the ‘F’ word! What an amazing lady to campaign tirelessly and reach 1 million overweight and inactive women through running. I would have no hesitation in recommending her skills as a motivational speaker.”
Stella Fehmi, Regional Director of The Athena Network
“Julie fed our audience of school business managers with enthusiasm, inspiration and motivation.”
Frances Rowland, ABLE, Association of Business Leaders in Education
“I see a lot of keynote speakers and Julie stands out for her passion, experience, raw honesty and humour. In a world where every speaker is trying to stand out and be the perfect ‘do what I say’ role model, Julie is a breath of fresh air. she’s doing it, living it, telling us about life as it is not a glamourised version and offering a powerful and pragmatic set of ideas on how to get beyond the excuses and start owning our lives and our future path. Julie embodies the message that life is not a dress rehearsal and we can have fun on the journey.”
Rohit Talwar, Futurist
“What a message and what a women. I was so glad to get Julie on the podcast to share her story in her own words. I know so many women who will be able to relate to what happened to Julie, and will be able to use her story as the stepping stone to making a change in their life. Running is for everyone no matter your size. I want to wish Julie all the luck and success with her next challenge of getting 1 million women active. I have no doubt she will achieve it!! Go for it!!”
Sarah Williams, Founder of the Tough Girl Podcast
“I absolutely loved Julie’s talk she says she is a motivational speaker, but it’s not true, she is an inspirational speaker. Not only does she push you to aim for high goals, she actually gives you the belief that you can achieve them, which is the real key to success. If you want to inspire people and move them to action then Julie would be a great speaker for your event or workshop. Keep on running and inspiring!!!!”
Gordon Tredgar, Inc Top 100 Speaker on Leadership
“In the world of professional speaking there are many motivational speakers, but for me, Julie Creffield is up there amongst a small handful of the very best. Totally authentic with the natural ability to engage and inspire every time. Julie is destined for great things.”
Linda Shaw PHD, Neuroscientist
“I rarely come across speakers who make me go WOW. Julie closed the National Conference of the Professional Speakings Association I attended where she received a standing ovation. I was impressed by her incredible courage to show up wherever life takes her. If you are a speaker booker, snap her up”
Darren Harris, Paralympian, Author and Coach