In July, 2002, I was working a job I didn’t like and making so little money that I could barely afford to live at home with my Mom…and she didn’t charge me rent! I was neck-deep in a quarter life crisis, and as a gal in my early 20’s, all I could manage to look forward to was retirement. I kicked into ‘find a new job’ high gear. Anytime I would pass a building or see a company logo on a truck/billboard, anything – I would look up that company to see if they were hiring. I had a BS in Communication with a minor in Art History and was qualified to do exactly…NOTHING. To quote my Grandfather, I had majored in Unemployment and minored in Welfare. 🙂
I was watching fireworks from Mt. Washington in Pittsburgh, PA and I noticed a red building called FreeMarkets in the city’s skyline. I had no idea what it was or what they did, but I ran home and checked out their website. Enter Lori Csaszar. She had a new position and needed an Admin. My resume was so sparse (my ‘portfolio’ of accomplishments was filled with sorority invitations and fliers I had made in my work study at the United Way…I hadn’t done much else). I had taken a stand up comedy class once…really had no intention of doing it again – but people got so excited when I told them about it, and it was something unique that I could share about my life – so put it on my resume.
Lori remembers it as though I put, ‘My dream is to become a stand up comedian’…I don’t know about ALL THAT. 🙂 She told me 200 people applied for that job but Lori needed comic relief and took a chance on me. She was my savior and certainly lived up to the pedestal that I placed her on. She was a wonderful and brilliant woman and an amazing mentor for me. I still have encouraging emails that she sent to me so many years ago. It was a true honor and pleasure for her to reach out to me so many years later. She had also left her high stress life in Corporate America to pursue her dreams of writing a screen play. What a treat it was for our paths and schedules to cross in a San Francisco coffee shop so that she could interview me for her blog. Her blog is filled with stories of people who inspire or excite her. I can’t tell you how honored I am to have made that list. Please enjoy! –