Julie Hickman Burg, PhD, Senior Consultant

“Integral to successful executive and director assessments is a deep understanding of critical competencies, as well as a context – internal and external benchmarks – of what ‘good’ looks like.”


DePaul University

PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

University of Vermont

BA in Psychology and Studio Art


Peter F. Drucker Prize for distinguished scholarly publication


Julie Hickman Burg, PhD, is an industrial/organizational psychologist and consultant based in Seattle, Washington. She is skilled at designing effective processes, tools, and assessments as well as data analysis and planning techniques to produce actionable results for boards and senior executives.

Julie is experienced in identifying and assessing board and leadership competencies and serves clients with her rich interview and group facilitation skills. Her background in group dynamics, organizational behavior, and psychology, along with her strong assessment and project management skills, greatly enhance governance, strategic planning, and executive leadership projects. Julie has worked with a variety of clients from Fortune 500 corporations to non-profit organizations in industries such as healthcare, education, and the arts.

Before joining Nygren Consulting in 2012, Julie was a consultant in Mercer Human Resources’ Performance and Development Practice, where she worked closely with David Nygren on board effectiveness, merger integration, and executive leadership projects. She also specialized in performance management, competency profiling, and organizational assessment and change. Prior to her work at Mercer Human Resources, Julie worked with a research and consulting group affiliated with DePaul University, where she collaborated with The Hay Group developing competency models of outstanding leaders. Julie has also held a training position with Arthur Andersen and a management development position with Ameritech. She has been adjunct faculty at DePaul and Lewis Universities, teaching leadership and organizational behavior at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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