Julia Saffold is an author, speaker, evangelist, team builder, choral directress, and positive youth development coach. She is a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, whose passion is to spread light, share love, inspire hope, and ignite change in the lives of all whom she encounters.
As a certified administrator of the Real Colors® temperament assessment tool, Julia facilitates fun, innovative team development workshops, utilizing widely researched methods of understanding human behavior to foster improved communication, stronger relationships, positive work environments, and increased productivity.
As a youth empowerment coach, Julia, fondly referred to as “Mama Jewels”, is a powerful voice of wisdom to the younger generation. Inspired by the life of her only son who passed away at age 16, Julia is passionate about supporting and encouraging young people to reach their highest potential. Partnering with her daughter, Dr. Jasmine Zapata, MD, MPH, Julia tours nationally with the Beyond Beautiful™ Girls Empowerment Movement encouraging young to embrace their inner beauty and strength which comes from the inside.
Her first book, a fairytale, entitled “The Beyond Beautiful Treasure Box”, inspires youngsters to protect inner treasures such as courage, resilience, self-worth, and confidence. Hers, along with daughter, Dr. Zapata's girl's empowerment book, has reached international audiences and is currently being circulated, as curriculum for young girls in Kenya.
As an evangelist and choral directress, Julia holds an associates degree in theology and loves to spread the gospel with a vibrant passion to rebuild, revive, and restore. She currently serves on the ministerial team and as director of choral ministries at the church she attends in Madison WI. Julia is also a powerful choral ministries leader, with over three decades of experience. She loves inspiring music ministries to greatness through dynamic choral directing, building music teams, and training new and upcoming directors. Her vibrant leadership style encourages, motivates, and brings out the best in others.