Women in Business: Julie Gralla
Tell us how and when you began your career in the profession you are in: When I graduated from college, I had pursued a career in advertising. After working at one of the top four global advertising agencies, I found that I did not feel fulfilled; I was often sick as the result of working long hours and despite this finance-like atmosphere, I was not making a finance salary. It was then that my mother, Joni Sweetwood, convinced me to shadow her. I had grown up visiting Kislak, where my mother has been the Senior Vice President and one of the top performers year-after-year. Having grown up in the industry, listening to my mom deal with countless hurdles in the business, I was skeptical at first. However, a short time later I went for my real estate license and 8 years later, I’m still here, outperforming myself year after year! Why did you choose the field/profession you are in today?
I fell into it, but with the flexible hours that allow me to work with many different interesting people outside of an office setting, it sure does beat advertising! What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2018?
2018 isn’t over yet, but even despite a 5-week maternity leave earlier in the year, I am on track to surpass my commissions from 2017.