BIO

Julie Averill is lululemon’s Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Ms. Averill joined lululemon in May 2017, and brings more than 25 years of experience leveraging innovative technology to transform retail businesses and enhance guest experiences.  Ms. Averill comes to lululemon from REI, where she most recently served as the brand's first-ever Chief Information Officer. While at REI, Ms. Averill led the company’s technology strategy, overall IT operations, and technology transformation that enabled its member and employee base to more deeply connect with its purpose for people to enjoy the outdoors.

Prior to REI, Ms. Averill spent over a decade at Nordstrom where she held several key positions on the company’s IT leadership team and was responsible for driving online, store, and omni-channel innovation within Nordstrom’s technology platforms. Ms. Averill received her MBA from the University of Washington, and Bachelor’s in computer science from Seattle Pacific University. She serves on several non-profit STEM and education advisory positions, working to provide access to technology careers for all. She is also a mother of three and enjoys spending time with her family in the Puget Sound, and traveling across the world

WHY YOU ARE INVOLVED WITH IGNITE?

When I was ten years old, I can remember my dad enrolling me in a coding class with a room of adults. I loved technology and did everything I could throughout high school to learn about computers—even got a job training small businesses how to use them. Even still, when I went to college, getting a degree in computer science was not appealing, and did not seem like a path to a great career. I didn’t have any female role models, and didn’t know what a career in technology might look like. IGNITE works to help open the minds of girls to the possibilities of careers in technology.

HOW HAS IGNITE INSPIRED YOU?

I love how IGNITE creates a forum for these girls to play a part in hands-on problem solving, gives them the space to push boundaries, ask questions, and dream big regarding paths they’ll choose to take regardless of gender restrictions that we still face today.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE OUR WIDER COMMUNITY TO KNOW ABOUT IGNITE?

With all the opportunities that STEM careers offer, girls are disadvantaged by being underrepresented in STEM careers and education. We need to work together to improve access. This doesn’t mean just creating opportunities, but also opening the minds of middle- and high-school girls. IGNITE provides a network of people who are connected to these girls – their teachers – and tools for them to guide the girls to STEM. Inspiring girls to pursue STEM careers is hard work, but as someone who benefited from an adult who did that, I can say it has amazing impact
 
 
 

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