Julie Elizabeth Sokley, aged 58, passed away unexpectedly at her home in Austin, Texas on Monday, May 10, 2021.
Julie was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on December 4,1962 to Bruce and Shirley Stoll. From the time she was young, Julie impressed all those around her with her kindness, compassion and work ethic.
Upon graduation from Iowa State University with a bachelors of science degree in marketing with an emphasis in Industrial Engineering, Julie began her career transforming businesses and driving change, as she was never a fan of the status quo. She spent her career working at several technology companies including CAI Software, Grant Thornton, Hitachi Vantara, Cognizant and McAfee.
Most recently, Julie was the Vice President of Global Revenue Operations for Autodesk where she led a 350+ team and was responsible for Sales and Customer Success Effectiveness, Sales Automation and Analytics, Global Sales and Channel Strategy, Sales Compensation, Acquisitions, Enablement and Events, and Sales Operations.
The most important thing to Julie was her family and friends. She was devoted to her family and loved by all who knew her. She was a giver and was always willing to do whatever it took to bring happiness to those close to her, or to those she thought needed some support. Throughout her life, she made a point to mentor people and help them grow. She would say her “happy place” was Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, but in truth, she loved being surrounded by those who brought her joy. Of her many treasures, her family was the one she held most dear, but that family extended far beyond her blood relatives.
If you knew Julie, you know she lived life on her own terms, and everyone else was along for the incredible ride. She was all about experiences and having fun – for herself, family, friends, coworkers and anyone else who was lucky enough to be pulled into her orbit.
Julie is survived by her daughter, Caley Sokley of San Diego, CA; her son, Trevor Sokley and fiancee Emily Escalante of Austin, TX; her parents, Bruce and Shirley Stoll of Spirit Lake, IA; her sister Susan Weedman of Greenwood, MN; her brother Mark Stoll of Fairview, PA and their respective families. She is also survived by Caley and Trevor’s father and long-time friend, Dan Sokley of Dallas, TX, as well as her beloved dog, Bruce.
The family held a private funeral in Austin, Texas and plans on hosting a Celebration of Life Service in June. Because of COVID-19 restrictions and strict limits on in-person attendance, the service will be live streamed and more information to follow..
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to one of Julie’s favorite organizations, as she always wanted to go above and beyond to help others: Unicef India, North Texas Food Bank or Techbridge Girls