Julie Kearney. Senior Director and Regulatory Counsel, Consumer Electronics Association
Career History: In college, Kearney wanted to be a prosecutor, loved music, and wound up earning a bachelor’s in music with a political science minor. She considered a master’s in vocal performance but realized “it’s a really rough career.” Instead, she got a law degree at Catholic University, interning with the FCC and scoring “a bird’s eye view of global telecommunications” by working for a Washington, D.C., law firm in the Ukraine. After law school, she became associate counsel in MCI’s International Affairs group and in 2004 she signed on as CEA’s first in-house regulatory counsel.
Greatest Business Achievements: CEA credits her with raising its profile at the FCC, her own best.