Amanda Lydon / 2010 Top 40 Under 40

Age 30 Place of Birth Camarillo, California Where you live Brooklyn, NY First Job Counselor, summer camp What it taught me While working at summer camp, I remember realizing that it didn't matter if I wasn't feeling well or wasn't feeling into my job that day - those kids were there to have the best two weeks of their summers. It was my job to make that happen. I try to bring that same attitude to work every day. Status Single Family Engaged to Adam Bunderson - to be married in October, 2010 Three things people would be surprised to know about me 1. I lived in a real castle in The Netherlands for three months. 2. I was once a temp at JetBlue. I screened Aircraft Technicians. 3. In the 9th grade I was paid to act in the play, "Wait Until Dark." Best advice you could give someone starting out Be kind and pleasant, and always do your homework. Whatever career you are persuing, become an expert of sorts on some aspect, no matter how small.

Amanda Lydon grew up in an Irish family in Massachusetts and moved to New York in 2002 to begin a career in publishing after receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Emerson College. She joined the Tenement Museum in 2007. She built Tenement Talks, a public event series. In 2009, she curated 75 events and worked with Pulitzer Prize-winning writers, New York Times journalists, and National Book Award novelists. Lydon thrives on the program's diversity but makes no secret of her pride in the Irish events, including those with Mick Moloney, Colm Toibin, Peter Quinn and Colum McCann.

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