Julie Watson, BFA, MA, Caritas Coach®, FRSA
BFA, Bennington College, VT USA
MA, University of Sussex, UK
Fellow, Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
Honorary Member, Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing
Julie is delighted to step into the role of Executive Director of Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI). Since her involvement, Julie has deepened her understanding of Caring Science and Theory and is dedicated to supporting and living out the mission of the non-profit to ensure her Mother Dr. Jean Watson’s legacy lives on.
Julie is an experienced leader, founder and start up director in the education, arts & cultural sectors, with a strong background in non – profits, and social justice. A natural collaborator and she is entrepreneurially minded and socially engaged, with an in-depth understanding of initiating and growing new projects and organizations, particularly those who serve marginalized communities. She is skilled in innovation, event management, and volunteer training with a focus on creating and delivering projects and strategies to build greater creative and social capital – skills which will help to ensure Human Caring Science Theory and Philosophy lives on in perpetuity.
As Managing Editor of the newly established WCSI imprint Lotus Library – in less than 1 year she worked with Jean and over 80 Nurse authors, publishing four books (with two more in the works) – showcasing a humanitarian, human science orientation to human caring processes and phenomena.
Over the past 3 years Julie has acted as Ambassador to WCSI globally, including:
- Aqaba, Jordan – Nurses in the Middle East’ annual Conference, Event Manager and Speaker (also produced a documentary film, which was shown on British News to over 60,000 homes.)
- Chile – 1st Latin America Global Human Caring Conference, WCSI Ambassador & Caring Store manager
- Europe – created a working party to develop, share and grow Caring Science amongst European countries including Italy, Geneva, Spain, Portugal Italy, UK, Slovenia, Ireland
- WCSI Latin America – supported the development of membership, including editorial support for translations of 3 books and other WCSI materials into Spanish.
- WCSI USA
To date Julie has worked with Jean and the Board on strategy development such as Affiliation, creating a new Caring Science Award offer, and developing more learning opportunities such as ‘Coming Home; Healing the Sacred Circle of Life and Death’ course, and ways to connect and share, such as our new Caritas Healing Connections zooms.
A key component of her role will be to develop a ‘home’ for all things Caring Science, supporting Jean, the faculty, Caritas Coaches and Post Doc Senior Scholars to continually develop and build upon the theory of Human Caring.
Julie has begun to create our WCSI membership and Vimeo Library scheme offering different levels of giving, raising over $28,000.00 per year with proceeds supporting our faculty and mission. She also worked with the Board to develop and launch our scholarship programs: The John M. Kertland and The Watson Caring Science scholarships, removing financial barriers to Caring Science. Julie has worked with our web developer significantly increasing our connections on Social Media in order to share across the globe.
Before joining WCSI three years ago, Julie was Co-Founder and Director for Little Green Pig (LGP) a creative writing and mentoring charity for under resourced young people in the South of England, where she was living. Inspired and supported by the model of the 826 centers in the United States, she worked with professional writers such as Nick Hornby and David Eggers to establish a high quality literacy offer for disadvantaged young people which – over the 7 years as Co-Director – supported thousands of local young people and trained over 150 adults to be volunteer writing mentors.
An experienced, strategic fundraiser, Julie raised over $300,000 during her time at LGP and went on to develop a ‘Community Interest Company’ for a local Television Station and fundraised over $70,000 for community educational projects. Her previous position at Brighton & Hove City Council’s Adult Learning as Group Manager, successfully brought in over $700,000 of a national government grant to showcase the value of life-long learning focusing on those adults experiencing deprivation. This work led to Julie receiving a ‘Take Part’ Award from London’s 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.
A BFA graduate of Bennington College, VT, in 2010 Julie went on to receive her master’s degree in Arts & Cultural Management from University of Sussex Brighton England. Her research was on the value of teaching & learning creatively. A midterm paper was looking at London’s Chelsea & Westminster Hospital as an example of how the arts can inform health and wellbeing.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA), and a Trustee of Brighton Therapy Centre, Julie is also advisor to BSUH (Brighton & Sussex University Hospital) Arts Advisory Group for their new Hospital opening in 2024.
Julie divides her time between Florida, USA and Brighton UK with her Uruguayan husband Héctor Rosso, a Caritas Coach, WCSI Senior Scholar, Nurse, Author and PHD student. She is blessed with two gorgeous sons, a stepson and stepdaughter all aged between 21 and 24. Julie is also a practicing artist with paintings in private collections and has illustrated several books.