Julianne Averill

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Strategist and digital health/biotech executive Julianne Averill, in brief.

Julianne Averill

Home: San Francisco Bay Area.  Age: Thirty-something.  Profession: Finance and corporate development; investor relations.  Significant other: Jack Averill, my spouse and the love of my life. Pets: Two wonderful dogs, Callie and Meeko.  Alma mater: Fresno State (B.S., M.S.); Harvard University (Business Analytics Program).  Languages spoken: English and conversational Spanish.  

Current project: Finding myself.  Recent professional development: Joining Chief.  Latest accomplishment: Being appointed governance chair for the Association of Junior Leagues International.  Hobbies: Started training again for races for the first time in over ten years.  But this time, training with my new running partner (my dog!).  Recent travel or adventure: Alaska

Personality profile: ENTJ.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Optimistic.  How do you define a perfect friendship? Trusting, empathic; direct, open communication.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Writing.  How do you relieve stress? Exercise.  Lots of it.  What is your go-to workout? Peloton.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Exploration.

What was your first paying job? Personal banker at Bank of America.  What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Scrabble. What movie have you repeatedly watched? When Harry Met Sally.  What’s the best advice you received in your career? Focus on the highest and best use of time for you and others on your team.  Don’t let anyone dim your light.  What is your go-to source of news and information? The Wall Street Journal (for news) and Buzzfeed (for laughs).  

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field?

Serving as a mentor for others in the finance field looking to move into executive leadership.

What widely held belief do you reject? That one person can’t make a difference.  What mega-trend most excites you? Advancement of AI and technology to accelerate discovery and innovation in many disciplines (life sciences, marketing, business).

What title would you choose for the movie about your life? Sometimes the Destination is Actually the Journey.  What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Isla Fisher.  Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My mom.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? An archeologist, to find dinosaurs.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? Spending time at the beach with my husband, dogs, friends and family, making sure everyone knew how much I cared about them.  What advice would you give your younger self? Have fun, enjoy the moment and remember that relationships matter most.

Personal mission: Make a dent in the universe.  Personal motto: Life is short, so enjoy the ride. Favorite quote: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).  Desired epitaph:  She made a difference.

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