Denise's Open Road
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Poor, Lazy Overachievers
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Zoo
city government, equality, in the moment, open mind, parks and recreation, progress, questioning yourself, school, zoo
- Says "if somebody would've told me 20 years ago, 'you're gonna work at a zoo,' I would've thought they were out of their mind."
- Worked as an intern for the City of Los Angeles straight out of college.
- Wanted to learn about city government, found her work interesting, stayed on when offered a permanent job.
- She eventually worked her way up to managing the Parks and Recreation budget, which included the Los Angeles Zoo.
- When opportunity to become assistant director of the Zoo opened up, she decided to compete in the nationwide job hunt.
- When she got the job, says she felt like she'd just won the Super Bowl: "I'm going to...that place in Orange County!"
- Loves working at the Zoo because she feels like she's truly giving back; been there nine years, her kids think she has the coolest job.
- Says don't worry about your career choice disappointing your parents: "there are 5,000 other things you could be doing that are the epitome of disappointment."