Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

Julie Jacobs

Principal · Ironside & Associates

Julie started her first staffing business in 1990, As Managing Partner she and her business partner grew their staffing and consulting firm into an INC 500 fastest growing company in both 2000 and 2001 by being in front of the Y2K phenomenon for IT staffing.   York Enterprise Solutions still exists today and continues to win numerous awards for innovation and philanthropic initiatives in the staffing space.   Julie remains on their leadership advisory team. 

After years of being a staffing/HR consultant with multiple privately held companies, Julie returned to school and to receive her MSHR with an emphasis in Organizational Development.  Ironside & Associates was founded in 2005 and Julie currently leads a business practice that helps privately held and family clients develop executive teams and top talent through training and individual and team development initiatives and leadership acquisition.  Her direct and common sense approach has helped establish her as a trusted business partner to many small to mid-sized family firms.  She currently works with multiple clients in the Education, Food & Beverage, Service, Manufacturing and Healthcare fields.

Julie is an interested listener, a curious leader and a high energy serial entrepreneur who enjoys working to solve business problems.  She attributes her work ethic and style to being the youngest in a large Iowa family.  This appreciation for hard work and curious nature has been a natural fit with her multi-generational family clients.   The unique challenges of being a family business also are a part of her own reality, as she and her husband own a Healthcare business in Chicago.

Julie’s undergraduate work includes a degree from Iowa State University with an education and psychology major and a Master’s degree from Loyola University of Chicago in Human Resources with an emphasis in Organizational Development.   Julie served on the Illinois Board of Staffing, as education chair.   She has certifications from the Sandler Executive Management Training Institute, Sandler Sales Institute, LVI and Hogan Assessments and is currently completing her Human Synergistic Certification in Cultural Change Management.  She and her Husband Tom have 5 children and reside in River Forest.