Top 100 Women of Impact: Julie McCallister

Julie McCallister

President, ECCI

About me: I have been married to my husband Aaron for 15 years, and we have three kids, two dogs and a cat. I was born and raised in Little Rock. I obtained my undergraduate degree in environmental science at the University of Central Arkansas and my masters degree at UA Little Rock. I enjoy spending time at Lake Ouachita, going to concerts with Aaron and doing anything that makes me laugh. We have a passion for travel and wish we could do it more often.

Lives/Works in: Little Rock

Best Career Advice: Surround yourself with the right team. Your team should consist of experts in their respective areas, but they should also recognize that you are all more effective together than individually. Success is sweeter when you can celebrate the win together and acknowledge everyone’s hard work.

Lesson Learned the Hard Way: People you respect can truly disappoint you. During my transition into leadership, I encountered situations where I discovered disappointing information about individuals, their actions and their decision-making. Ultimately, this made me realize the importance of maintaining checks and balances to safeguard ECCI.

Proudest Moment of Impact: Nothing makes me prouder than receiving a call from someone I respect in the environmental industry seeking my advice or the expertise of the ECCI team. It makes me feel like we are on the right track and our reputation speaks for itself. I believe I will always have that sense of pride when I receive those calls.

Call to Action: I would love for people to take action and help keep Arkansas clean. Arkansas is incredibly beautiful, offering so much to residents and visitors who come to admire its natural beauty. It’s crucial we all do our part in preserving The Natural State and ensuring future generations can enjoy what it has to offer for years to come.

What Keeps Me Motivated: I’ve worked at ECCI for 20 years and have always loved my job and what ECCI represents. I want the employees to feel proud of ECCI and not dread coming to a job they despise. I’m motivated to provide them with a quality life, just as the previous leadership did. 

A Women’s Foundation of Arkansas Initiative

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