D'You Know Juno - Ellen Hughes


Name: Ellen Hughes

Nickname: Ell or Doc (my maiden name is Dougherty), but most people call me Ellen!

Position @ Juno: Talent Manager, Project Recruiting Division

If you weren’t a recruiter, what would you work as?  A vegan/vegetarian chef.

Favorite thing about Philadelphia?

  • Our sports teams and passionate fans

  • Cost of living!

  • Access to greenery/nature/parks (like the Wissahickon, one of my favorite places on Earth)

Do you have any secret skills?

  • I used to be a professional runner - I ran the 800m, 1500m/mile and the marathon!

  • I’m a band geek - I played the clarinet up until college and still love classical/jazz music

If you were a TV or movie character, who would you be? A contestant on American Ninja Warrior - I was always that kid literally climbing up the walls!

You get to pick one person, dead or alive, to have lunch with – who would it be? Ina Garten, at her Southampton home on Long Island.

You are on death row – what is your last meal? A tray of red pizza from Vince the Pizza Prince in Scranton, chocolate brownies and a big ol’ glass of cabernet sauvignon.

Favorite song of all time? “Always Be My Baby” by Mariah Carey (or pretty much any of her songs from the 90s).

Favorite movie of all time? Amélie

If you could live anywhere else, where would it be? Somewhere close to the beach!

Where is the best cheesesteak in Philadelphia? Hip City Veg (I’m a vegetarian), but when I used to eat meat, I loved Jim’s on South Street.

Favorite family tradition? Watching The Muppet Christmas Carol every holiday season on VHS and singing along!

What is the best piece of advice you ever received?  ”Never, ever give up” - Mom and Dad.

Biggest pet peeve? Professional ghosting.

What is your strangest work moment? When I worked for NYRR, I was asked to jump into an emergency meeting...with Edward Norton. I didn’t realize it was him until he pulled off his motorcycle helmet!

Ellen Hughes