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Julie Gerdes

Personality Wonk


Cred MA public communication, American Univeristy; BA, English, Honors College, Louisiana State University; Barton Board Development and Training Leadership Fellow; American Management Association MBTI Certification

Livelihood Development manager at CityDance Ensemble

Interests MBTI enthusiast, wedding philanthropist, arts advocate, health nut

Focus Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to inform fresh ways to tailor messages by personality and encourage philanthropy

Recent Awards Best Capstone (Thesis): The Giving Type: A Study on How Different Personality Types and Temperaments Respond to Tailored Donation Appeals and Best Crisis Plan Awards, 2010

Last Book You Read I’m enthralled with Stieg Larsson’s books. Yes, I have been working out all the character’s personality types. Lisbeth Salander is an INTP.

What Keeps You Up At Night? Everything. I am the lightest sleeper. Seriously, I seem to have my best ideas just before bed when I puzzle out ways to apply personality theory to just about everything.

Hobbies Working out, analyzing people, wedding planning, blogging for Engaged With A Cause, traveling

Are You a Wonk? At 14 I discovered David Keirsey’s book Please Understand Me. Since then, I’ve been a personality junkie, using my knowledge of personality types to get into character for a school play, write believable short stories, recruit for non-profit boards, and recently, to develop tailored communication messages for charities.

Additional Links
Engaged with a Cause
City Dance
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