Julissa Burgos grew up in downtown Allentown, where she was able to see PPL’s iconic 23-story headquarters from her bedroom window.
But she had no idea about all the career opportunities available inside that building and beyond with the international Fortune 500 company.
“As a child, I would have never thought I would end up working for PPL. When you think about a utility company, you might just think about the linemen fixing power lines,” she said. “You don’t think about all the other functions needed to run the business.”
Burgos applied for an entry-level financial position with PPL while finishing up her finance degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She started her job in the treasury department two weeks after her college graduation and has climbed up the ranks throughout her 18-year career.
As Director of Corporate Finance, Burgos now helps oversee the financing of the company. She is responsible for managing treasury activities, rating agency and banking relationships, shareowner services and liquidity management. She also helps the company mitigate market risk through the use of interest rate and foreign currency derivatives.
“I’m a poster child for the varied opportunities available here at PPL,” Burgos said. “I learned so much in the first 10 years of my career here because I had the opportunity to be involved in various projects and work with individuals with different expertise, all within treasury. I’ve had roles in cash management, cash operations, pensions and investments and corporate finance. I’ve been very fortunate that I’ve been able to grow my career in finance, and work on things that I really enjoy. ”
Burgos is proud to work for a company that delivers reliable electricity and powers the community through its many charitable programs.
“It truly is a great company to work for because it genuinely cares for all of its stakeholders and is a key contributor to the communities it serves” she said. “We aim to be leaders in our sector and consistently look for ways to improve who we are as a company. I respect that and feel very blessed to work for PPL.”