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Episode 466: Julia Molloy

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Julia Molloy is the leading operations specialist for the interior design industry. She has over 2 decades of operations experience, 14 of them in the design field and has a wealth of knowledge from the interior design, graphic design, operations and technology sectors. She is a sought after speaker, a Business of Design faculty member, on the Better Practices Network board of advisors, has been a continued education instructor to the faculty at New York School of Interior Design and a member of ASID. Molloy has also chaired the ASID Student Affairs Committee and the board of advisors for the Art Institute Interior Design program.

Julia Molloy is the ‘special sauce’ and the silent strength behind some of the most successful design firms, large and small, around the world. She has become the most trusted source for business tools and systems for Principal Interior Designers to propel their businesses forward. Molloy is the only design industry business consultant to have built a small company from its early stages into a mature global organization that was then sold for over $65 million. After her time on high tech,  she returned to her artistic roots and went on to run operations for a prestigious Beverly Hills interior design firm for several years before launching her own interior design business consulting firm. Her firm now has an elite list of clientele globally and brings a distinctive knowledge base to the interior design industry.

Julia Molloy is also the founder of the renowned BOLD Summit – Business of Luxury Design Summit. This event focuses on the special business needs unique to firms positioned in the luxury market. It is a powerful catalyst for luxury focused interior designers and architects around the world. In pursuing her mission to advance the industry, every other year she galvanizes the world’s leaders in luxury design to share their wisdom and advice. The BOLD Summit continues to be a driving force for enriching lives and propelling excellence in the design community around the globe.

“I have been working with designers for over a decade now and you all are the most intelligent, sweet, sassy, passionate, interesting, fun and beautiful group of people I have ever come across. I adore each and every one of my clients and I couldn’t imagine dedicating myself to any other industry.

We are all given a gift. You were given the ability to see into people, understand their needs, envision possibility and miraculously translate that into their environment, facilitating better lives, more successful businesses and happiness. My gift is the ability to help you more powerfully tap into your potential. I believe that when you take your business to the next level, whatever that is for you, it has a ripple effect on your whole life. You feel clearer, more organized, more empowered, more abundant and these things permeate through all areas of your life. Reaching your potential and using your business as a vehicle for wealth, expression and fulfilment takes a special kind of person. You are driven by a higher power, a greater meaning and a deep yearning to make your mark on this world. I understand you. I understand your business in a way that no one else does. I have worked with hundreds of firms of every type, large and small, complex and simple models and because of this I have a very broad frame of reference. I understand where you are on the spectrum of similar firms and I intuitively see very clearly your growth trajectory.

I am honest, fair, transparent, reliable, direct, sensitive and driven to see my beloved clients flourish. I will push you and will always tell you what you need to hear, not just what you want to hear. I have a gift for understanding the unspoken and seeing people’s hearts and their true potential. I have been given the gift of clarity, I can see the path for each of you and I do my best to help you navigate it. I am extremely intuitive, yet pragmatic. I like tangible results and tactical how-to’s. I opt for logic guided by spirit. It’s a powerful combination.”

With a background in graphic design and business operations, I transitioned from the role of VP of Operations in high-tech to running the office for a luxury design firm in Beverly Hills almost 15 years ago. I have developed a deep understanding of what it takes to excel in this business sector. It is all I do and I absolutely love it.

When she is not pulling together the next BOLD Summit, she is busy working one on one with designers around the world from her office in Portland, Oregon. She lives in her dream home on the water in the Portland area with her husband, son and their little dogs Charlie and Sparky.

Explore Julia’s Website here

Discover the BOLD Summit by clicking here

Add Julia’s book recommendation, The E-Myth, to your library by clicking here

The E-Myth

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