40 Rising Stars 40 & Under

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Julia-Feliz Sessoms, 33

Director of Global Public Policy and Government Affairs

PepsiCo Inc.


Major responsibilities: I’m responsible for developing and advancing PepsiCo’s global public policy positions on health and nutrition sustainability issues. I’m able to help shape these policies on behalf of a multinational company and have a valuable and important role in that policy development process.”


Major professional accomplishment: “I began my career as a legislative aide for Sen. Kennedy on the senate judiciary committee, on the subcommittee on immigration. Working on behalf of the immigration issue was important work that really impacted Americans' lives and being involved with that was a very valuable experience.” 


Advice for college grads: “Be willing to take any sort of position that will help you reach your ultimate professional goal. Take whatever role you think will help prepare you for the next role, even if it’s not the most lucrative position.” 


Major personal accomplishment: “I’m proud of all of the work that I’ve done to achieve the success I’ve experienced so far. I got my M.B.A. while I was working, and going to school while I had a full time job—it wasn’t easy. It’s definitely one of the biggest challenges I’ve had to power through.”


Next personal goal: “To take time for myself.”


Dream vacation: “I’ve been wanting to go to Greece and Turkey. I’d love to explore the culture.”


Dream car: “I like the Porsche Cayenne.”


Phone: iPhone 3GS


Laptop: “I have a Dell, an HP and a Mac. I also have an iPad.”


Favorite store: “I tend to spend my money in bookstores.”


Beverage: “Izze sparkling beverages. The Pomegranate one is delicious and they’re made with real fruit juices. I also like throwback Pepsis, the ones made with real sugar.”

Julia-Feliz Sessoms, 33

Director of Global Public Policy and Government Affairs

PepsiCo Inc.

Major responsibilities: I’m responsible for…