Katie Keller (Psychology, ’14) was on track to pursue a master’s degree in organizational psychology after graduation. But during her senior year at Xavier, an internship with Cincinnati-based company Bad Girl Ventures led to a career swerve that landed her a job in digital communications.
“I fell in love with female entrepreneurs and decided that startup life was what I wanted,” says Keller. “After graduating, I moved to New York City and worked for a fashion/tech startup, then came back to Cincinnati to work for a media company, and now I work for Hello Parent as the Director of Communications. I’ve met lots of amazing founders and startup friends along the way.”
In her new job, Keller relies on her psychology training at every level—and loves every part of it. As she told Psychology Magazine in a 2015 story about non-traditional career paths, her psychology background provided “exceptional communication skills and writing skills, which is extremely beneficial when trying to build a brand and company culture around an idea.” She uses her knowledge of industrial-organizational psychology in all areas of working with startups, including recruiting, interviewing and hiring employees.