Alumna and Entrepreneur Julie Burnet '72 to Speak at Wells

04-10-13 - The Celebrating Scholarship and Engagement Series welcomes guest speaker Julie Burnet '72, founder of Yellow Dog Packaging.

Wells College welcomes special guest Julie Burnet '72 as the opening speaker for this spring’s Celebrating Scholarship and Engagement (CSE) Day. Julie will give the talk "Liberal Arts and 'Street Smarts': The Making of a Business," about her entrepreneurial journey. As a Wells graduate with a degree in Romance Languages, Julie entered the male-dominated world of paper companies and built her own company, Yellow Dog Packaging. During her time as owner, Julie took Yellow Dog Packaging from zero to over $100 million in seven years and earned the opportunity to work with the Apple corporation on the packaging for one of their revolutionary products, designed to be as unique and interesting as the product it contained. Julie will share her story of how she used her talents to become a successful entrepreneur and continues to follow her passions in her work with Youth Homes and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Julie is a 38-year veteran of the paper/packaging business, holding management and administrative roles with international packaging companies in New York City, Oakland and San Francisco before founding Yellow Dog Packaging in 2004.

Julie's talk is organized and sponsored by the Susan Wray Sullivan '51 and Pike H. Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship at Wells College, with support from the Class of 1961.

The CSE Series was inaugurated in the 2011-12 academic year in order to provide a day during which the Wells community comes together to explore the work and research of students, faculty and staff members. The spring’s CSE day features 12 events relating to topics such as entrepreneurship, international relations, athletics, dance and student internships. For a full schedule, visit


For more information, contact David Foote, communications associate, 315-364-3460,