These projects reflect the versatility of my work and the impact of my partnerships.

~ Julie Chiron


Julie has a tremendous talent for translating complex concepts into easily accessible written pieces. She employs great curiosity to deeply understand both the topic and the audience, crafting a message that brings the two together. Whether she is writing fundraising pieces or magazine articles, her dedication to clear communication ensures excellence in all she writes. She is also a pleasure to collaborate with, bringing humor to the process.
Sarah Satterwhite
Senior Development Writer
University of Denver

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Picower Institute Innovation Fund: Great Risk. Great Reward.

Impact Report
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

Scientific research at the Picower Institute is advanced through an innovation fund that empowers scientists to engage in high risk, high reward research that government often cannot fund. This report details the most promising and important research findings of 2017.


Transforming Our World

Impact Report
University of Denver

Giving to the university advances the strategic vision - called DU IMPACT 2025 - that creates a new model for education and society. This philanthropy report is a snapshot of the impact of giving in 2017. My contributions include "The Family that Gives Together" p.9, "Transformative Gift Accelerates Impact" p.12, and "Informing Effective Government" p.20.


A Life of Art Lives on through a Scholarship Legacy

Storytelling with purpose
University of Denver

This profile celebrates the life of artist, alumni, and donor, Helen Davis, who at 94-years-young continues to support women, education and the arts as a daily practice and through her scholarship legacy. This story appeared online and in the gift planning newsletter (print and email versions).


Discovery Fuels Industry Growth

Fact sheet

CO-LABS is a consortium of federally funded scientific laboratories, universities, businesses and leaders organized to nurture and champion Colorado as a global leader in research and technology, and its commercialization. These fact sheets distill dozens of pages of nomination form data into single-page fact sheets for use in promoting the winners of the  Governor's Award for High-Impact Research.


Sub-branding as an effective way to leverage the strengths of higher education institutions to create master brand ambassadors

Peer-review article
Journal of Education Advancement & Marketing

Henry Stewart Publications
Volume 1 Number 2 (Summer 2016)

Higher education is examined as an environment of independent critical thinkers. The concept of sub-branding is introduced as a way to embrace this critical thinking and discussion-based culture to advance the branding principles typically found in other organisations.


Alumni connections helped build fast-casual eatery Chop Shop

Storytelling with purpose
University of Denver

Forbes Magazine ranked the university at No. 27 on its 2015 list of America’s most entrepreneurial universities. This presented an opportunity to feature alumni-owned businesses and emphasize the importance of the alumni network in achieving success. This story appeared on the alumni website, in the University of Denver magazine, and on the magazine website.


Leading Psychology Education

Fact sheet
University of Denver
Graduate School of Professional Psychology

The Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver needed a series of fact sheets for their school and specialty programs to educate their board and other stakeholders on goals and activities. Words, images, and infographics were used to tell the complete and compelling story of this innovative approach.


We Will.
The Campaign for Northwestern

Case statement
Northwestern University

Northwestern University completed a strategic planning process, Northwestern Will, and was gearing up for a comprehensive $3.75 million campaign. The university hired Studio Blue to develop the campaign brand and the first wave of case statements. As a lead writer on the project, I drafted significant components of both the lead case statement and the athletics case statement, as well as short features of alumni donors.


Tax-free gifts from your IRA

Visual storytelling
University of Denver

The gift planning department wanted to communicate the benefits of making a gift from an IRA. They also sought to highlight the additional power of giving through a matching gift program. By featuring the inspiring story of Dan and Beth Whittemore and their support Native American students, we were able to tell both. Animations throughout the video visually translate the financially technical aspects of the gift. I conducted the interview, edited the script, and partnered with a graphic designer and videographer to complete the project.


Colorado Technology Report

Infographics for emphasis
Colorado Technology Association

The association, in alignment with the Governor's Office of Information Technology and the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, had a rich story to tell about the momentum of the tech industry in Colorado. Infographics helped communicate complex points and dense facts in a scannable format for easy consumption. 


Chicago Harris Stakeholder Reports

White paper
University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

These selections from a series of internal white papers updated stakeholders on the activities of the Harris School of Public Policy Studies and paved the way for a $75 million fundraising campaign.


Cal's Jay Keasling: Using Biotechnology to fight Malaria

Storytelling with purpose
University of California, Berkeley

This story features a public-private partnership funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It explains the impact of this research in preventing malaria and promotes the mission of the state, private, and federally funded research center. The story appeared in a magazine sent to university donors. Another version of it appeared in the Financing Cal's Future brochure and alumni magazine insert.


Academic Building 1
Destination for Student Success

Case statement
University of Colorado, Denver

The University of Colorado, Denver, proposed a new destination for student success on its urban campus. The case statement needed to communicate the architectural vision, as well as the benefits of the planned programs inside, in a way that was compelling and visually interesting. The building was fully funded and opened in 2014.