Julie Bee Smilint

Julie Bee is the founder of Lead from Anywhere, founder of BeeSmart Social Media, member of the ForbesWomen Forum, and graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program (10ksb).

Julie started her career as an accountant, but quickly discovered that path was not a good fit for her creativity. After losing her job to the Great Recession, Julie founded BeeSmart Social Media in 2008.  Today, Julie leads a remote team at BeeSmart. She focuses her time on leading her team, marketing strategy, and business development.

Julie has been a finalist for several prestigious business awards, including two Stevie® Awards for Women in Business (Best Young Entrepreneur and Best New Company), NAWBO Charlotte’s Rising Star award and NAWBO’s Woman Business Owner of the Year award. Julie regularly advocates on behalf of small businesses, and she is also involved with community colleges in the Charlotte area to support and mentor locally owned, minority business owners.

In early 2020, Julie founded the Lead from Anywhere Facebook Group. There, she freely shares the mistakes she’s made, the lessons she’s learned, and how she has improved, as a leader. The group discusses leadership, workplace culture, and remote workforces, and has become a valuable resource for many. Julie also goes further into those topics on the Lead from Anywhere podcast.

Julie Bee is the founder of Lead from Anywhere, founder of BeeSmart Social Media, member of the ForbesWomen Forum, and graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program (10ksb).

She has been a finalist for several prestigious business awards, including two Stevie® Awards for Women in Business. Julie regularly advocates for small businesses, and she mentors locally owned, minority business owners.

Julie’s Why:

“To infuse the art of leadership with compassion and empathy so that leaders are inspired to create a world where love, and the good guys, always win.”

In her personal life, Julie is known for her sense of humor and generosity of spirit.

She takes pride in being a great wife, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and community leader. She’s a proud graduate of West Virginia University, and despite currently residing in Charlotte, NC, she’s still a Mountaineer at heart.

Julie’s hobbies include stand-up paddleboarding, fostering pets who need a home, watching college football, tinkering with mechanical fixtures around the house, reading, learning, and volunteering for local non-profits.

In her free time, Julie enjoys hanging out with her wife, Marcy. She also enjoys hanging out with friends, drinking a craft beer, and discussing how to make the world a better place.

Julie on PaddleBoard
Julie on PaddleBoard

Amongst friends, Julie is known for her sense of humor and generosity of spirit.

She takes pride in being a great wife, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and community leader. She’s a proud graduate of West Virginia University.

Julie’s hobbies include stand-up paddleboarding, college football, tinkering with mechanics, reading, learning, and volunteering.

In her free time, Julie enjoys investing time with her wife and soulmate, Marcy, and vacations to the beach with friends and family.