Julie Thayer, Emerging Professional Award 2018

Julie Thayer graduated in May of 2010 Cum Laude with a degree in Retailing and Consumer Science (RCSC). While an undergraduate, Julie exemplified as a true, strong, creative and incredibly intelligent student. RCSC faculty thought very highly of her in their classes, but she was equally highly thought of by her fellow students. She served on the Terry J Lundgren Student Advisory Board and became chair during her senior year. During her junior and senior year, she worked with the RCSC Faculty Chair Dr. Anita Bhappu and assisted with advising freshman.


Julie took advantage of the Internship opportunities starting in the summer of 2009 as a Compensation Intern for Ralph Lauren Corporate in New York City. While there she networked, and the following summer had a Visual Merchandising Internship with Club Monaco.


In 2011, Julie started her career in New York City working in fashion merchandising at both Club Monaco (Ralph Lauren) and Madewell (J. Crew) corporate retail working in women’s accessories. She owned the assortment curation and was responsible for the consumer and product lifecycle for women’s handbags and jewelry.


Moving to Southern California in 2013, Julie was exposed to multiple facets of the corporate beauty industry working for Urban Decay Cosmetics (owned by L’Oreal) for over 5 years. Julie began her career at UD as a Senior Buyer where she sourced and was responsible for product curation and worldwide vender communications as well as strong analysis and understanding for U.S. business. After moving into the Director of U.S. Marketing role, she was the responsible for a $600M business and worked with their biggest global wholesale partners, like Sephora and Ulta Beauty, on marketing partnerships and exposures.


In her most recent role as the Assistant Vice President of Global Marketing, Julie has been responsible for global marketing activations as well as brand marketing for a $1+B worldwide business. As a result, Julie developed close partnerships with both their New York and Paris office and was able to travel globally to communicate marketing strategies and understand country specifications.


Currently, Julie has chosen to pursue marketing consulting and has started doing so with Urban Decay as her first client. Julie had maintained contact with RCSC faculty and is always quick to respond to inquiries from students that are referred to her for advice. She has also assisted in putting together a survey for RCSC alumni in regard to the relevancy of courses being offered.

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