About Julie Stokes

Julie Stokes is CEO of Flame Consulting, CFO of Stokes & Associates, Founder of Ellevate Louisiana and Co-Founder of the Cancer Advocacy Group of Louisiana.  She is a CPA, a nonpartisan policy advocate, a civic leader, and a speaker. 

Over her seven years of service in the Louisiana Legislature, Julie Stokes gained a reputation as passionate advocate for comprehensive, non-partisan fiscal policy.  Julie was able to share her knowledge as a CPA, as well as gain significant legislative experience, with the Louisiana budget, comparative state tax policy, oversight of legislative audit, Louisiana’s economic development incentives, and Louisiana’s Department of Health policies.  Having received numerous accolades for her work in the Legislature and leaving public life behind in 2020, she has opened Flame Consulting to continue supporting projects that she is passionate about, like cancer advocacy and helping worthy causes and organizations with strategic planning, fundraising, and management consulting. 

As part of her work through Flame Consulting, Julie founded Ellevate Louisiana.  Ellevate Louisiana’s purpose is to empower women leaders throughout Louisiana by connecting and educating them on the challenges impacting our State with data-driven, non-partisan solutions to make a better future for Louisiana.  In their first few months of operation, Ellevate Louisiana has sixty members from around the state.  Ellevate Louisiana is in the process of holding symposiums in key areas of state policy-making.  These monthly symposiums are supported by weekly videocasts with policy makers that are hosted by Julie Stokes.  The group plans to use these symposiums to create a policy agenda for which to advocate when the legislature convenes in 2021.

Julie also serves as CFO of Stokes & Associates, where she provides the financial leadership that has grown the company from two employees in 1998 to well over thirty employees today.  Stokes & Associates was recognized in 2020 as one of UNO’s Top 25 Alumni-Owned businesses and is one of the most respected vocational rehabilitation firms in the state of Louisiana.

Julie was diagnosed with cancer in 2017, and after a nine-month battle she was declared and remains cancer-free.  She turned her personal fight with cancer into a legislative mission by becoming an advocate for patients and survivors; she believes that we should never place a patient’s life in jeopardy because of bureaucracy. 

As part of her work with Flame Consulting, Julie co-founded the Cancer Advocacy Group of Louisiana to advocate for legislation promoting a high standard for patient care in the State of Louisiana.  The Group is composed of leaders from cancer-related foundations and nonprofit entities in the state of Louisiana.  In the 2020 Legislative Session, the group crafted and advocated for SB204 to expand patient’s access to precision medicine oncology.  The bill successfully passed and is now law.  The Cancer Advocacy Group is currently planning its future legislative agenda.

During her time in the Louisiana Legislature, she chaired the Legislative Audit Advisory Council and the Sales Tax Streamlining and Modernization Committee.  She was a very active member of the Ways & Means and House Health & Welfare Committees.  She also served on House Labor, Capital Outlay, and was an interim member of House Appropriations Committee.  She travelled Louisiana with the Committee of 100, the Public Affairs Research Council, and the Committee for Better Louisiana as one of the lead speakers on Fiscal Policy and Tax Reform in 2015 and 2016.  Nationally, she was very involved with the National Council of State Legislatures, having served on the Executive Committee, as Co-Chair of their Budget and Revenue Standing Committee, and being an active member of its Executive Task Force on State and Local Taxes.  She was also part of Governing Magazine’s 2020 “Women in Government Leadership Program,” a group that included a diverse collection of women leaders all around the country. 

Julie is currently part of the 2020 Leadership Louisiana class.  She is currently Chair of the GNO, Inc. Policy Committee and actively involved with the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, the University of New Orleans Alumni Association, the Louisiana Society of CPA's, Women United, and other groups.  She is a frequent speaker to groups on the subject of fiscal policy as well as on inspirational topics such as finding your voice, making a difference in this world and fighting back against all kinds of adversity and overcoming it.

Julie resides in Kenner with her husband Larry and their two children, Brandon and Taylor.  She has lived in Jefferson Parish her entire life, being educated in the Jefferson Parish Public School System, and attending the University of New Orleans on full scholarship where she received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Magna Cum Laude.

 

Honors and Awards include:

2020 "UNO 25," High Impact UNO-Owned Business for Stokes & Associates

2020 "Six Sweet Survivors," Krewe de Pink

2019 “Legislative All-Star,” Louisiana Association of Business & Industry

2019 “Grand Marshall” Krewe of Pandora

2019 "Honorary Chairman," Belles & Beaus Ball, American Cancer Society

2018 “Survivor of the Year,” Susan G. Komen Louisiana

2018 “State Legislative Champion” United Way of Southeast Louisiana

2018 “Louey Award for Legislative Leadership” Louisiana Travel Promotional Association

2018 “Life and Liberty Award” Louisiana Family Forum

2018 “Legislative Champion Award”, Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault & Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence

2018 “Legislative All-Star,” Louisiana Association of Business & Industry

2018 “Legis-Gator Business Champion” Chamber Southwest Louisiana

2018 "Hero Award," Young Adult Cancer Alliance

2018 “Champion of Economic Development” Louisiana Industrial Development Economic Association

2018 "State Legislator of the Year," National Young Adult Cancer Alliance

2018 "Perseverance Award," Hannah’s Klozet Foundation

2018 "Outstanding National Achievement in State Tax Reform," Tax Foundation

2018 "Legislative Champion," Karen T. Stall Research & Breast Institute

2018 "Legislative Champion," Breastoration

2018 "Celebrity Queen," Pink Prom, Krewe de Pink

2018 "Cancer Crusader," Cancer Crusaders of Greater New Orleans

2017 “Tax Legislators of the Year” by State Tax Notes

2017 “Legislative All-Star,” Louisiana Association of Business & Industry

2017 “Legis-Gator Business Champion” Chamber Southwest Louisiana

2017 “Elected Women of Excellence Award,” National Foundation for Women Legislators

2017 “Distinguished Alumna of the Year,” University of New Orleans

2017 “Champion of Economic Development” Louisiana Industrial Development Economic Association

2017 "Women in Government Leadership Program," Governing Magazine

2017 "Outstanding Legislator" Louisiana Hospital Association

2017 "Elected Women of Excellence Award,"

2016 “Woman of Distinction”, Girl Scouts of Louisiana East

2016 “Life and Liberty Award” Louisiana Family Forum

2016 “Legis-Gator Business Champion” Chamber Southwest Louisiana

2016 “Champion of Economic Development” Louisiana Industrial Development Economic Association

2016 "That's What She Said" Award on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central

2016 "Legislator of the Year", Greater New Orleans Republicans

2015 “Small Business Champion” National Federation of Independent Businesses

2015 “Life and Liberty Award” Louisiana Family Forum

2015 “Legis-Gator Fusion Five Business Champion” Chamber Southwest Louisiana

2015 “Education Choice Champion” Louisiana Federation for Children

2015 “Champion of Economic Development” Louisiana Industrial Development Economic Association

2014 “Women of the Year,” City Business Magazine

2014 “Life and Liberty Award” Louisiana Family Forum

2014 “Legislative All-Star,” Louisiana Association of Business & Industry

2014 “Education Choice Champion” Louisiana Federation for Children

2014 "Legislator of the Year," Louisiana Orthopedic Association

2014 "Champion of Vision," Louisiana Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons

2013 “Small Business Champion” National Federation of Independent Businesses

2013 “Family Advocate,” Louisiana Family Forum

2013 “Champion of Economic Development” Louisiana Industrial Development Economic Association

2004 “Women of the Year,” New Orleans City Business Magazine

Memberships:
Board Member, UNO Real Women Wear Blue  2021-present
Member, Daughters of the American Revolution 2019-present
Member, Committee of 100 for Economic Development 2021-present
Member, Women United 2020-present
Member, BGR (Bureau of Governmental Research) 2020-present
You Night, Advisor Board  2020-present
Youth Advocacy Team, Advisory Team 2020-present
Cancer Advocacy Group of Louisiana, Co-Founder 2020-present
Ellevate Louisiana, Chairman and Founder 2020-present
Greater New Orleans, Inc.  2020-present
  Policy Committee Chairperson 2020-present
  GNO Inc. Investor 2021-present
  SoLA Super Region Committee 2021-present
New Orleans Chamber of Commerce 2019-present
Krewe of Louisianans 2018-present
Ruby's Kids, Founding Board Member, Vice President, Treasurer 2013-present
Louisiana Association of Business & Industry 2013-present
National Council on State Legislatures 2015-2019
  Executive Committee 2016-2019
  Member, State and Local Tax Task Force 2015-2019
  Co-Chair Budgets and Revenue Standing Committee 2017-2019
  Co-Chair State and Local Tax Task Force 2019
University of New Orleans Alumni Association 2010-present
  Board of Directors 2015-2016
Krewe of Muses 2011-present
Jefferson Chamber of Commerce 2003-present
  Government Committee 2003-present
  Board Of Directors 2003, 2005, 2008
  Executive Committee 2008
  PAC Board Member 2008-2012
  President, Jefferson Young Leaders 2003
New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce, Ambassador 2001
Chateau Estates Civic Organization 2000-present
  President 2005
Young Leadership Council 1993-2001
  Baord of Directors 1999-2001
American Institute of CPA's 1993-present
Louisiana Society of CPA's 1993-present
  Womens Initiative Committee 2011-2013
  State and Local Tax Committee 2015-present
Accounting & Financial Women's Alliance 1991-present
  President, New Orleans Chapter 2002

 

Speaking Engagements:

2021 Advocacy 101:  United Way of Southeast Louisiana 2021.04.14
2021 Emcee and Moderator of Ellevate Louisiana's Legislative Leadership Conference
2021 Panelist, Advatous Consulting's State of Louisiana Tax Reform Seminar
2021 Emcee and Moderator of Ellevate Louisiana's Ellevating our State Summit
2020 YLC Lessons in Legislative Leadership, Two Parts
2020 MANY PODCASTS
2020 Loyola Women’s Leadership Academy Speaker NEED DATE
2020 1/21/20 Panelist for Women Leading with Impact conference
2020 Civic Engagement Speech at StM 2/10/2020
2020 Speaking at Police Jury Association Women's Leadership Group of LA 2/13/2020
2020 Speaking at IARP-LA 2020 presenting State of the State & Life as a Survivor 3/6/2020
2020 Legislative Leadership Conference Hosted and presented 3/11/2020
2020 Ellevate Videocast
2020 Flame Videocast
2020 UNO Alumni giving campaign
2019 Loyola Women’s Leadership Academy Speaker 11/12/2019
2019 Speaker at NORLI – Southeastern University 10/16/19
2018 St. John Parish Business Association
2018 Celebrity Chef, River Region Republican Women
2016 Celebrity Chef, River Region Republican Women
  LCPA Women's Conference
  LCPA Women's Conference
  LCPA Business & Industry Conference
  LCPA Small Business Conference
  LCPA Summer CPE
  LCPA State and Local Tax Conference
  One Acadiana
  Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce
  Hero Awards in Hammond
  Point Coupee
2015-2016 Speaking Tour of Louisiana on Fiscal and Tax Reform with c100, PAR, CABL
  CENLA Chamber
  Cancer Interviews:  Print and Broadcast
  Havard Clips for Speaker
  WYES Suffrage
  IARP
  IARP
  IARP
  Postlethwaite and Netterville
  Office of the Louisiana Legislative Auditor