Julia Karol is the president and COO of the Watermill Group. She has a number of different philanthropic engagements and was named the Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A by Mergers and Acquisitions Magazine for three consecutive years. Julia is also the host of Stork’d, a podcast that explores and celebrates the many paths to building a family.
As a person who went through it herself, Julia shares her advice on how you can get through your own fertility journey. Family building is one of the biggest decisions you can make in life, and with the many modern ways to explore what this may look like for you, there are many unique options and opportunities. In this episode, Julia shares her fertility journey, the lessons she learned along the way, and her experience building her own family as a solo parent.
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Julia Karol is President and COO of Watermill Group. She is the founder of WMX, Watermill’s initiative to accelerate change by investing in gender-diverse teams with a vision to build enduring businesses. She is responsible for overall firm operations and helping Watermill portfolio companies develop and implement their strategies. Previously, as a Watermill Principal, Julia helped guide the day-to-day operations of the firm, directed the firm’s investor relations, and managed fundraising initiatives for acquisitions. Julia currently serves as a Partner with Social Venture Partners Boston, a venture philanthropy organization that connects Boston’s most promising nonprofits with the money and minds to fuel their success. Julia has served as a Mentor for Endeavor, a global high-impact entrepreneurship movement and that promotes economic growth and job creation. She also serves as a member of the Budget and Administration Committee for Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Previously, Julia founded and served as board chair for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network in Boston. Julia is a member of ACG Boston and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and has been named as one of the Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A by Mergers and Acquisitions Magazine for three consecutive years. In 2019, Julia received the Women of Influence Award from ACG Boston and was named one of Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 honorees. In 2017, Julia was named an Emerging Leader by the M&A Advisor.
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