As Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for Mary Kay Inc., one of the largest direct sellers of skin care and color cosmetics in the world, Julia oversees the company’s Legal, Risk Management, Governance, Compliance, Public Affairs, Corporate Communications, Sustainability, and Corporate Social Responsibility functions. She is a member of the Executive Committee, Information & Security Steering Committee, Risk Committee, and Compliance Committee. She is proud to lead the company’s global diversity, equity and inclusion efforts designed to make an internal and external impact.
Julia’s teams take pride in protecting the global cosmetic company’s reputation and operations in nearly 40 markets. She has held many roles since joining Mary Kay Inc.’s Legal Department in 2000. During her tenure, Julia was instrumental in creating the company’s Global Data Privacy Compliance Program, led litigation strategies that positively impacted the direct sales industry, helped create and build innovative business strategies, and has proudly served as a mentor through the Mary Kay Inc. mentorship program and other professional organizations.
Prior to joining Mary Kay Inc., Julia was an associate and partner at Locke Liddell & Sapp in Dallas, practicing in the areas of commercial litigation and labor & employment. She started her legal career at McGlinchey, Stafford, Nealy & Lang in New Orleans.
Julia earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a law degree from The University of Texas School of Law. She is a member of several professional associations including the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsel, Corporate Counsel Women of Color, International Association of Privacy Professionals, Direct Selling Association Lawyers Counsel, The University of Texas Center for Women in Law, and the Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court.
Julia was recognized by D CEO Magazine in 2019 as one of the Top 500 business leaders in Dallas Fort-Worth. In 2015, Julia was honored by D CEO Magazine and the Association of Corporate Counsel as Best Deputy General Counsel. In 2010, the Dallas Business Journal named her a top Minority Business Leader. Julia received the Texas General Counsel Forum Diversity Award in 2009 and was listed as a Rising Star in Texas Monthly’s Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star edition for 2004, 2005 and 2007. She was also featured as one of Texas’ top in-house lawyers by Texas Lawyer in 2005. Julia was listed as one of the most powerful executives in corporate America by Black Enterprise in 2017 and 2019.
Julia currently serves on several non-profit boards including the Center for American and International Law, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and the National Association of Women Lawyers.