This Ghanian American Went From Dancing in LA to Agency Talent Acquisition in Boston

Julianna Akuamoah started in management to finance her passion, but it led to a fervor for leadership

MÓNICA MARIE ZORRILLA

As a creative and as a Black woman in marketing, Akuamoah’s journey back-and-forth across the country (twice) was anything but traditional. But being fearless helped her make bold personal and professional moves.

Growing up, educators told her she could do whatever she set her mind to, but as a child of Ghanian immigrant parents, Akuamoah felt pressured by cultural and familial norms to pursue a “sure-bet, lucrative” career. After graduating with a degree in neuroscience from Wellesley College in Massachusetts, Akuamoah jetted off to Los Angeles to pursue her passion for dance.

But she struggled financially. “I was like, I need a real job,” Akuamoah joked. She then spent five years in a management role at Hertz. “It was not in line with where I wanted to be,” she said, “but this is one of those things I tell folks who are figuring out their way after college: The first job may not be perfect, but take it for what it is and get as much out of it as you can.”

At Hertz, Akuamoah discovered another passion: talent acquisition. After 10 years in L.A., she returned to Boston where she says her “true hustler” attitude helped pave her way in the agency world.

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