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Erika Grinius

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Erika Grinius


Marketing Manager, Walgreen Company
5 year career break

"I had an unusual career trajectory. I started out as a clinical social worker, with an MSW, but then left the field and worked in different business positions before having my daughter. I then left the workforce entirely, soon relocating from Boston to Fort Worth, Texas where my husband took a job as a professor.

While in Fort Worth, I started a part-time MBA program, but then we moved to Chicago when my husband got a new job. I was able to transfer to the University of Chicago Booth School of Business to finish my MBA in their part-time program. I heard about the May 2008 Chicago Career Relaunch Forum from the University of Chicago Women's Business Group and decided to attend. I had been out of the workforce for five years and was nervous about being able to find a good marketing position, especially since the economy was deteriorating. At the Forum, it was really helpful to meet other people going through the same transition I was. Within a few months, I obtained an internship that was posted on the Chicago Booth job board at Whitney Automotive Group, the largest online retailer of auto parts in the country. Following my internship, I was offered a full time position at Whitney Automotive Group and so I continued to work while completing my MBA, graduating in 2009.   

In 2011, Whitney Automotive Group was purchased by US Auto Parts, so I chose to pursue a new opportunity at Walgreens, in the eCommerce division. I am currently a Marketing Manager for the photo category.”


Background: Marketing, Retail Industry
Relaunch Connection: iRelaunch Conference Attendee
Key Job Search Factor: iRelaunch Program