Julie M. Jacobs
22000 AOL Way
Dulles, VA 20166
Georgetown University Law Center — Juris Doctor cum laude 1993; Law Review: The Georgetown Law Journal
University of Colorado, Boulder — Bachelor of Science in Finance 1989
Professional/business/civic/nonprofit organizations in which you are/have been involved and positions held:
Community involvement (nonprofits, civic, state and national organizations):
• Speaker and panelist at numerous bar association events
• Greater DC Cares Non-Profit Board Leadership Training Program
• AOL Women’s Network – Mentor
Achievements and awards:
• 2007 Deal Maker of the Year — Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel
• 2008 DirectWomen Board Institute — Selected as one of 20 women executives nationally to participate in this initiative, sponsored by the American Bar Association and Catalyst, that identifies and develops women executives to serve as directors of major U.S. corporations.
Who were the important mentors you have had and how did they impact your career?
My father. He had three daughters and he taught us from a very early age that we could do anything we put our minds to. We believed it then and we continue to believe it to this day.
What do you consider your biggest personal and/or professional accomplishment and why?
My biggest professional accomplishment is the undoing of the AOL/TimeWarner merger by spinning off AOL and making it a separate independent public company once again. My biggest personal achievement is my three sons.
What advice would you give to a young person graduating from college this spring?
Pursue your passion and success will follow. It’s much easier to get up and go to work when you are doing something that you are passionate about.
How do you achieve a balance between your professional life and your personal life?
Give 100% to where you are and don’t feel guilty. There are going to be times when work predominates and you need to have that as your priority. And there are going to be times when you focus on your family. Being able to do that without thinking about everything that there is to do at work is a necessary skill to achieving work/life balance.
When you were growing up, what did you want to be?
When I was a little girl I dreamed of being a paleontologist because I was fascinated with dinosaurs. I have somehow passed this fascination on to my sons who have created a “dig site” in search of dinosaur bones in our backyard in Georgetown.
What is your favorite book or movie and why?
Life is Beautiful. It is a very moving film about love, family and optimism in the face of dire circumstances and it demonstrates how children change your perspective on everything.
What are two things about you that not many people know?
• I had three sons in under 15 months. (Yes, for those of you doing the math, twins were involved.)
• I am a huge Washington Capitals fan.
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