Julia Rudolf: A JA Story

Julia Rudolf participated in our Company Program in grade 11 and 12. She heard about JA through a friend that was involved and thought it would be a really valuable experience. She was right!

“I learned so much during my time in the JA Company Program, but I think one of my biggest takeaways was that we are capable of doing anything we set our minds to. I was in high school and – with the help of a lot of mentors and a great support system through JA – was running my own business.”

Julia says JA also taught her the importance of teamwork and how to unite and motivate her team towards a common goal.

“These businesses could not have been possible if not for the many hands involved in making them happen. Running a business isn’t always easy, so it’s important to surround yourself with good people and help each other through the rough times so you can celebrate successes together. That has stuck with me since.”

In Julia’s first year at JA, she was VP Finance of SoxiPockets, a company that hand-produced and sold cloth cell phone and portable electronic cases. In her second year, she was President of ECOasters, which made environmentally friendly, hand-crafted coasters out of recycled magazines.

Julia recalls attending the Alberta Business Hall of Fame as a highlight of her JA experience.

“Being exposed to so many inspirational and successful people and seeing the amazing things they are doing in our communities was an awesome experience. I also got to present an award my first year attending, which gave me experience speaking in front of thousands of people. Pretty cool, if you ask me.”

The Next Generation Leaders Forum was another favorite moment for Julia which she was eligible to attend as an award recipient.

“This conference provides opportunities for personal and professional growth, as delegates solve real business challenges and work with teams from all over the world to develop strategies. I shared a lot of wonderful memories with my global peers, and gained a lot of confidence through this experience.”

Julia graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Marketing in spring 2015. She then went on to pursue her CPA designation and co-launched a start-up company called Benefair: an online store that sells socially conscious jewelry and accessories made by various socially responsible companies.

Julia credits JA with helping to shape her into who she is today.

“The skills I helped hone through JA – including networking, teamwork, leadership, and overcoming obstacles – have applied in nearly every area of my professional life since. JA was the first time I was introduced to the benefits of an accounting designation, which I am pursuing now, and it also gave me the confidence to pursue business as a career.”