Julia Frense is the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification and Development Manager. In this role, Julia is responsible for implementing the strategy and initiatives for Certified Women-Owned Business development and growth. Julia manages the Women-Owned Business (WOB) Certification process as well as WECommunity, the organization’s proprietary internal network platform. In conjunction with the Certification process, Julia oversees the Certification Assessors around the globe. Julia supports the WBE’s in their development process (marketing, readiness, capacity) and partners with the Business Connections Manager in fostering successful connections between WBE’s and Member Buyers.
Julia has over seven years of international sourcing/procurement and supply chain experience. She has a highly motivated and results oriented mindset with a record of proven performance in multichannel retail, strategic negotiations, relationship building and creative production solutions. Growing up on three different continents, Europe, Asia and North America, Julia has deep admiration for international cultures, communities, and people. Blending her professional skills and personal passions, Julia has dedicated herself to empowering women around the globe.
Julia has earned a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising from University of Delaware. She enjoys competing in triathlons and biking. In her spare time, she can be found reading and volunteering. Her love of traveling has brought her many fulfilling experiences around the world, and she looks forward to more.