How I Got My Job: Tried, True, & Unconventional Career Move Stories

There are urban legends about people getting their dream jobs in unconventional ways. Have you heard the one about the guy who used Google Ads? The girl who started a meme and became a celebrity overnight? What about the girl who sent one email to her idol and got an interview within a week? Meet the real people behind these stories and get motivated to be just as legendary. You too can get the right attention and snag your dream gig.

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Julie Lorch

Product Manager
DoSomething.org
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Julie Lorch is a Product Manager at DoSomething.org. She puts her skillz in design thinking and user experience to the test everyday, reducing friction across the organization’s digital landscape and developing new cross-platform features. An advocate for sustainable transportation, Julie published an urban cycling guide in 2011 and bikes to work any time it’s >40 degrees. She holds an MSE in Integrated Product Design from University of Pennsylvania.

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Ronald Castro

Market Manager
Expedia, Inc.
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Ronald Castro currently works at Expedia, inc. as Market Manager for New York City. With 12 Years + of experience in consumer marketing in consumer packaged goods, banking and hospitality, Ron is responsible for the strategic business development and revenue generation for the hotel sector within the Expedia network of brands.

Prior to Expedia, he worked at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Companies, where for five years he held several brand management and business development positions in the Caribbean, Latin-America and US markets. Contributed to the strategic planning, new product launches, advertising and public relations development of global consumer brands including Neutrogena, Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Lubriderm, Stayfree and Carefree. Prior to Johnson & Johnson, Ron worked for 6 years at the financial sector in Puerto Rico, where he led the marketing and product development of consumer banking products.

Ronald holds a Bachelor Degree in Marketing & Communications from Boston College and a Masters in Hospitality Management from New York University’s Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management.

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Christina Rene

VP & Partner
Kinney Group Events
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Having started in the event planning industry ten years ago, Ms. Rene has had the opportunity to develop a multi-faceted career. She’s produced events from several angles; starting with the world of nightlife to working with one of New York City’s hottest hotel groups. She recently became Vice President and Partner at Kinney Group Events, an event production and consultation firm. With KGE, she now focuses on event design and business development. She enjoys meeting new people and talking about common passions within or outside of the planning industry.

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Mohini Merchant

Director of Marketing
Wyndham
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