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Julia King has built a nearly 15-year career on guiding health care organizations across the country on software implementations. Now King, 37, is tackling a new leadership role in her own backyard. In August 2020, she was sworn in as a Branson alderman.
King says she’ll face challenges for the regional tourism destination with a balanced approach, ensuring equity for all citizens regardless of demographics. She was selected unanimously to fill a vacancy on the board by a panel of former and current elected officials. Next month, voters will decide whether to give her another term.
At her full-time job with Healthcare Performance Group, King leads technology projects for clients. She says she wants to continue to partner with clinicians to boost patient outcomes by managing the technical applications used by health systems.
How do you make the Ozarks better? I am organizing Branson’s community litter pickup event this month.
What about your job would shock people? I have traveled the globe as a driven project leader in the health care IT industry. Sometimes, that requires me to suit up and help a surgeon during surgery, help a nurse during a baby delivery or work virtually from the home office.
Professional aha moment? A career should not be the only focus, because a bad day at work should not result in the entire day being bad.
Theme song? “One Day,” by Matisyahu.
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