Triangle Business Journal recognizes RTI International’s Julia Brandon with 2019 Women in Business Award

April 03, 2019

Triangle Business Journal has recognized Julia Brandon, RTI International’s director of Organizational Development and Learning (ODL), as a 2019 Women in Business Awards winner.

TBJ’s Women in Business Awards program recognizes Triangle women who have proven to be dynamic and outstanding leaders with established track records of significant accomplishments in business and/or community service. Brandon was recognized for leadership in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for her work at RTI and previously with GSK.

“The 2019 class of Women in Business Awards winners represents a vast array of knowledge and influence that spans across the entire Triangle and beyond,” said Triangle Business Journal publisher Jason Christie. “We are extremely excited to honor these successful women.” 

In addition to her role as an ODL partner, Brandon leads a new cross-function Strategic Talent Analytics team that uses systems thinking, advanced analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) to inform talent management decisions. She is passionate about improving the human condition through enhancing organizational effectiveness, with a strong focus on how to use talent insights to improve decision-making regarding employee engagement, retention, and workforce capability. In collaboration with the Center for Data Science, Julia designed a retention risk model that predicts employee turnover risk with AI and advanced analytics.

Julia also recently co-authored a paper, “Improving Organizational Execution and Effectiveness with Workforce Retention Risk Modeling,” that has been selected for presentation at the 2019 American Psychological Association annual convention.  She was recently honored with a President’s Award for her work along with other colleagues for the RTI Employee Survey, in which she provided advanced analytics that informed action planning.

“Julia's energy, commitment to excellence and focus on analytics and collaboration is evident and inspiring," said Senior Vice President, Strategic Talent Management Bucky Fairfax. “She has a unique value proposition integrating data science and organizational development and we are especially proud of this recognition for her and all women in STEM and leadership at RTI.”

TBJ has previously honored Nicole Barnes, Meaghan McGrath, Lisa May, Karen Davis, Jackie Olich, Doris Rouse, and Wendee Wechsberg with its Women in Business Awards. RTI is proud to be recognized for excellence in women in leadership, the Forbes Best Employers for Women, and Forbes Best Employers for Diversity.