Julie Bonner is a creative entrepreneur and has made Arizona her home for the past 17 years. Born in Binghamton, New York, Julie was an artistic child from the beginning. She drew on any paper within reach and crafted handmade greeting cards for every occasion. Her middle school still proudly displays a mural Julie painted as a student and she earned her first freelance logo project from a local pizza shop while in high school. After earning her degree in Graphic Design from Drexel University and a Master’s in Business, Julie opened up her own creative studio, Julie Originals.
Blending her fine art paintings with her commercial design expertise, she created the Addy Award-winning Desert Dwellers Flash Cards. Inspired by a desire to teach her son about Southwest wildlife, each card contains amusing stories about desert animals from A to Z and feature Julie’s acrylic paintings. Local teachers, parents, and grandparents are using them to promote literacy and teach children about their environment.
She has served as Art Director for national chains Mister Car Wash and Clear Channel Outdoor and today, she is the Marketing Director for FreeFall Aerospace. FreeFall is developing intelligent antenna systems for space and the 5G cellular market. She is active in Creative Mornings, Local First Arizona, Startup Tucson, and the Arizona Technology Council’s Women in the Workforce,
In July, she launched the podcast Old Pueblo, New Economy, with Aaron Eden and Nick Morin. For her segment, Creative Community, she hosts conversations with Tucson creatives about their work—inspiration, motivation and especially the business realities of entrepreneurship.