About Us

Who is Oyster?

Oyster is led by President and Chief Human Capital Advisor, Julie Nielsen. 

Julie is a native of the Washington, DC area and has held senior leadership positions in public, private, and not-for-profit organizations. She has managed change in settings that can be challenging – including international, government contracting, and the association world – and has implemented programs at organizations with 90 to 3,000 employees. Julie has partnered with C-level leaders to redesign and rethink organizations, coached and developed leaders, led major efforts around employee engagement and culture change, created corporate universities that provide blended learning opportunities for all employees, managed change and change initiatives, and designed strategic human resource programs.

Julie’s key competencies include organizational development & effectiveness * coaching * talent acquisition & development * employee engagement and culture change * succession planning * change management * crisis planning & business continuity * business development * international operations * performance management * budgeting/forecasting * communication & public speaking * incentive-based compensation & benefit management w/ payroll * union negotiations * HRMS.

Julie spent more than 14 years on the senior leadership team of the Association for Talent Development. She also served at The Institute for Humane Studies, Resource Consultants, Inc., CTA Space Systems, Dewberry, and Wolters Kluwer. She received a BS in Business Administration from Auburn University and an MA in Human Resources from Marymount University.

The Oyster team has a track record of results in a variety of industries and organizations, both large and small. We are high-touch and invested personally in the success of each of our clients. Although we are located in the Washington, DC, metro area, Oyster travels. And so does success. Our complimentary one-hour session is a source of usable advice, whether or not you become a client.

The Oyster team includes OD consultants with a variety of functional and industry backgrounds, including for-profit, construction, associations, government, government contracting, IT, academia, and others. 

Our Customer Experience Advisor ensures that our work delivers results and our Senior HR Advisor is able to deploy quickly when HR crises occur. We are high-touch, and our president is involved with every client engagement, regardless of size.

Successful organizations have a plan, capable leaders, and engaged employees… with everyone working toward the same goals.

Looking for success? That’s where to find it.