Julie Willis currently resides in Austin, TX. She has a BS in Social Sciences from Washington State University and earned her Executive Master of Professional Studies in Global Strategic Communication from Georgetown University. She has previously worked as a Strategic Communications Consultant for Army Futures Command, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense Inspector General.
Julie is the CEO and Founder of DEFIANT Communication, a strategic communication firm for defense companies. She is the author of Conceal Reveal, a story of entrepreneurship in the defense innovation ecosystem before, during, and leaning into the post-COVID world.
As part of her mission to help innovators communicate their capabilities to the military, Julie hosts the podcast Innovator Operator, interviewing entrepreneurs, startups, founders, academics, researchers and others who are making it happen in military modernization.