Julia Opaleski

Julia Opaleski
Associate Practice Leader

(336) 217-9132


Julia Opaleski is an associate practice leader that primarily focuses her recruiting efforts in the Strategy & Corporate Development function and Consumer / Retail industry.

Julia earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and environmental science at Guilford College, where she conducted various independent research studies on techniques to build rapport; how nature affects mental health; and the future of North Carolina’s Barrier Island ecology and development. She also spent her time at Guilford College working in the Office of Admission as a tour guide, as the campus visit coordinator for prospective students, and as an intern for the Office of Alumni Relations.

Prior to joining the team at Charles Aris, Julia worked with the Greensboro Parks & Recreation department at Lake Brandt Marina, where she led paddle tours and hikes as a lake activity specialist. She also was heavily involved with Greensboro’s ECO Bus initiative, “Engaging the Community with the Outdoors” as an environmental educator.

Outside of the office, you can find Julia exploring North Carolina from the mountains to the coast, helping out at her family’s flower shop, and enjoying a good laugh.

Key documents

2021 Strategy Consulting Compensation Study: Over the course of Q4 2020, Charles Aris team members surveyed more than 2,280 people, 1,052 of whom are current strategy consultants. More than half of those individuals are current Big Three consultants for McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Company. All compensation points were collected anonymously and in compliance with pay equity laws currently in effect around the United States and U.S. territories. We’re confident that this report will serve as a useful resource as you address your organization’s mission-critical hiring needs and manage your own career trajectory. Please reach out to any member of our Strategy & Corporate Development recruiting practice to learn more. Download the study today.

2021 Former Strategy Consultant Compensation Study: While collecting data for our annual Strategy Consulting Compensation Data, we had 1,192 former strategy consultants fill out the anonymous survey – laying the foundation for our second-annual Former Consultant Compensation Study. Our search team constantly refines a network of more than 73,000 current and former consultants, placing strategy and corporate development leaders in roles ranging from Analyst to Director to Chief Strategy Officer. Download the report today.

2021 Mid-Year Offer Report: During the first half of 2021, Charles Aris coordinated 80 offers to strategy consultants. This report includes a sampling of the offers and the subsequent results. Each offer includes five components: title, base salary, equity, annual bonus and sign-on. Also included is the type of entity extending the offer, as well as the consulting firm at which the candidate was employed. Download your copy.

The Anatomy of a Chief Strategy Officer: The Charles Aris Strategy & Corporate Development team has released The Anatomy of a Chief Strategy Officer. This report analyzes the backgrounds and experiences of CSOs (or the seniormost Strategy leaders) across the Fortune 500. We gathered data for this report through a combination of publicly available sources including company websites and LinkedIn, along with live conversations with the Chief Strategy Officers themselves. The 2020 Fortune 500 list was used, and all industry markers were pulled directly from Fortune’s website. Download your copy.

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"I'm very pleased with where we landed on this important role for our Chemical division. I've enjoyed working with Charles Aris. It takes great teamwork to get great results!"

— Hiring authority at a leading Fortune 500 company in the manufacturing sector