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Julie Levine

Julie Levine

Vice President, Account Services

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“Our mobile phones are not phones as much as they are mini personal assistants. This 'oneness' is exciting.”

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What technological innovation in the last few years are you the most excited about?

Probably the rapid merging of hardware and software with the intent of seamless UX. For instance, our mobile phones are not phones as much as they are mini personal assistants. I use it to order food delivery, shop, as a lifeline to friends and family, to track my health and diet, as a TV remote, video player and radio. It connects to all the electronics in my house, office and car. This “oneness” is exciting.

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How many languages do you speak?

1.5: English (1), Hebrew but only nouns (0.1), Spanish, but only in the present tense so I sound like a toddler when I’m in Mexico (0.4).

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What was the last good book you read?

I prefer non-fiction and the last one I read that I loved was 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works – A True Story. I’m pretty obsessed with that book and try to push it onto anyone who will listen. I also read one page a day from a book called The Art of Peace. It’s in contrast to The Art of War. Rather than strategies for working with others in contentious situations, its intent is to remind us how we’re all connected and similar.

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What was your first paying job?

Besides babysitting? Sweeping hair and laundering towels at a salon. I was paid under the table because I was only 14 and technically you had to be 16 to hold a paying job. Of course I also worked for trade. I had the dopest nails in the 8th grade.

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What was your favorite college course?

Probably advanced linguistics. I thought it was pretty cool that all languages are basically just codes and once you break that code you can understand just about any language (albeit in basic terms). I credit my mom with requiring me to take a Latin and Greek prefixes and suffixes class in high school to peak my interest. Also, the linguistics class was at 6PM across the street from a great pizza place with a good happy hour, so that helped.

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If you could have lunch with any person, living or dead (other than a relative) who would it be?

Maybe Julia Child. She looks like she’d be a hoot to have a drink with and anyone who loves butter that much is a hero of mine.

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How did you get started in this industry?

I was client-side for 9 years and decided it wasn’t as creative or solution-oriented as I wanted to be. I always preferred working with the agencies I hired so I decided to take the leap.

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What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Someone else said this as well, and I totally agree: Putting away laundry. Folding? Ironing? Fine. Therapeutic, even. Taking it out of the basket and putting it in a drawer or hanging it up? Nope.

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What is your favorite drink?

To know me is to know I have several. It depends on the category. Wine = a crisp and acidic white. Bourbon = basic Manhattan or on the rocks. Gin = Aviation. An aviation is made up of Gin, lemon juice, crème de violet and maraschino liqueur and it looks like a sunset.

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Why were you given your name?

My parents tell me they just liked the name. It was the 70s… every little girl was named Julie, Jodi, Jennifer or Jamie and my grandmother hated all of them but Julie. Richard Nixon was in office and even though he was a crook, my parents liked his daughter’s name (Julie). My middle name, Melissa, is for my maternal grandparents Martha and Isaac.

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Do you have any hidden talents?

The lipstick trick from Breakfast Club and I’m a damn fine cook. No baking, it’s much too precise. I always tend to gravitate towards the spices of a hybrid between Latin American and Mediterranean. I love to explore other cultures through food. When I was a kid we would travel a lot and try all sorts of different foods, then come home and I would just get bored with the food.

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If you could live during any time period, which would it be?

This requires some qualifiers. For instance: The 1920s, but I’d want to be super rich and throw Gatsby-style parties. The 1950s but in a progressive family who wanted their girls to be fierce and not restricted to 1-2 career choices. Actually, I might go with the future – like in 500 years or so. As a kid I always wondered how Laura Ingalls Wilder would feel if she showed up at my house in the 80s. It would be cool to be filled with that kind of child-like wonder again.

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Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Seriously, neither. I like to sleep way too much to stay up late or get up early. Ideally I’m in bed by 10PM and getting up as late as possible.