Julie Graber is the CEO of The Institute on Women, a research and advocacy organization focused on improving the lives of the 5.9 million women and girls in Ohio by serving as a data-rich resource for strategic change.
Graber’s previous experience includes twenty years as president of Brains for Business, a consulting firm that provides strategic planning and organizational development services to the not-for-profit community, as well as stints as the senior vice president at COSI, Ohio Center of Science Industry, and as the head of community affairs for CompuServe.
Graber has been active in the community and served as a board member and officer of numerousorganizations, including service as president of the boards of WELD (Women for Economic and Leadership Development), the Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce, the Columbus AIDS Task Force, the Columbus Metropolitan Club and the Columbus UPDowntowners. She served as the founding chair for AIDSWalk - Columbus Walks for Life, Take Our Daughters to Lunch and the Columbus Arts Marketing Advisory Council. Graber was recognized by Business First as one of the community’s "40 Under 40" in 1995 and was honored by the YWCA of Columbus as a Woman of Achievement in 2007 for her lifelong commitment to research and advocacy work for women. She currently serves as a trustee of Antioch University Midwest and ION, a national network of organizations that publish census reports on women in leadership in their community. Graber also serves as a co-chair of the Advocacy Committee of the Women's Leadership Council of the United Way of Central Ohio.
In both her personal and professional roles, Graber has focused her research on women in leadership and their use of power. In 2004, she created the Central Ohio Women's Power Index, a set of benchmarks in thirteen categories related to business and government that reflects women's relative power in the community and documents the lack of parity between men and women in leadership roles. She has also researched and developed Megatrends for Women: Was 1992 Really the Ripping Point? a the keynote address she has presented for numerous organizations, including the 2004 Business First Connections event and the Great Lakes Region YWCA Annual Conference.
Graber received an M.A. in women’s studies from Antioch University McGregor and a B.S. in retail marketing from The Ohio State University (summa cum laude with distinction). She is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Gender Mainstreaming and Policy Analysis through Flinders University (Australia).