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June 2021 | Volunteer Spotlight: Juliana Wise


Juliana is an executive-level Program Manager with 11+ years of experience in retail operations, marketing, product development, product launches, and experiential event execution.  She has managed projects for a variety of fashion, jewelry, and tech brands and thrives at working cross-functionally to deliver successful projects.  She enjoys finding quick strategies to resolve problems and is at her best when finding ways to bring ideas to life. Currently, she is working at Sephora managing Marketing Operations and Programs.

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Having supported a variety of projects, Juliana mixes technical project management philosophies with a creative, brand-driven, customer and team-centric approach.  She finds joy in caring for the people that count on her and leading the execution of exciting projects. 


Juliana is an active member of the Project Management Institute’s San Francisco Bay Area Chapter and runs a philanthropic event for the Los Angeles Southwest Community College Foundation.  She loves all things fitness and outdoors - cycling, running, hiking, yoga, playing in the gym, painting, sewing, and cooking.  She is super excited to be working in the Bay Area where she grew up after spending the last 16 years in Long Beach, CA earning her Masters in Business and PMP Certification while starting her career.  



Fun Fact: I upcycle antique books into art pieces.


Who is Juliana at home and/or outside of professional space? What do you do for fun?

I have a million hobbies and am always halfway through a few personal projects, they consist of: cycling, hiking, painting (mixed media), sewing, and reading.  


When did you start volunteering with the chapter, and most importantly, why did you join PMI-SFBAC?

I started volunteering this year after completing the mentorship program as a mentee and wanted to give back to the amazing program.  I joined the chapter when I was thinking about moving back to the Bay Area and wanted to meet people in the area since my network is mostly in Southern California.  


What were your first impressions of the chapter and its volunteers?

Everyone is really nice, open, and helpful.  I have met a bunch of great people through attending the monthly round tables.  Setting up coffee-chats with people virtually has been a really great way to meet and learn from new people.  


What was the biggest challenge you faced as a volunteer for PMI-SFBAC? How did you conquer it?

I didn’t really understand where things were saved and what was expected of me.  I was patient, came to meetings, asked questions, and knew that when the time for me to know something came, I would be looped in.  


What is your secret or super Project Management power? Why?

Seeing how tasks and cross-functional teams relate to each other.  I love the real-life puzzle and being able to see risks coming and solve them upfront. 


What are you excited about for 2021 and moving forward?

Excited about continuing to learn and grow in my Project Management career. My goal in 2020 was to find a career in Creative Project Management which I did and am continuing to hone in on those skills in my new role. I also didn't realize there were so many other avenues within PM and am interested to learn more about the opportunities. 



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