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Volunteer Spotlight | Wendy Manrique

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1. Tell us about yourself and what you do.
I'm originally from Lima, Peru, and I've been calling San Francisco home since September 2022. I moved here to pursue my MBA, and now, after completing it, I'm working as a Business Analyst. I absolutely love the city, not just for its vibrancy, but also for the meaningful friendships I've formed and the incredible people I've had the chance to meet. These months have been full of learnings, not just on the professional side but also on a personal level.
2. How did you hear about the PMI SFBAC and what made you decide to volunteer?
I heard about PMI SFBAC through a professor at Business School who introduced me to [Next Generation Leadership director and board member] Carin Kaltschmidt and recommended that I participate in the Let's Jam Challenge by the Next Generation program. I joined the challenge with some friends from school, and it was a great experience. Following that, I reached out to Carin to volunteer in the Next Generation program. Given my background in project management and process improvement, she introduced me to the PMI web redesign project.
3. How long have you been volunteering with the PMI-SFBAC and what have you gained from volunteering?
I've been volunteering since September 2023 as a Product Owner and Business Analyst Associate. I'm part of an incredible team of professionals dedicated to making our PMI website more appealing and attractive for our members. So far, we've launched the Career Quest webpage as our first release. Beyond the technical knowledge gained from my colleagues, I've had the opportunity to work with amazing people who are eager to learn, share their ideas, and commit to a cause simply because they love what they do.
4. What advice would you give to prospective volunteers?

I recommend that everyone consider volunteering with PMI. It's an excellent space to acquire more knowledge related to project management, surrounded by wonderful individuals who promote team collaboration, idea sharing, and encourage taking ownership to implement your ideas. PMI is not only a place that supports your professional development but also aids in your transition to becoming a Project Manager.

For international individuals like myself, whether you have a background in project management or not, it's an ideal starting point to gain experience. Here, you can learn from others, expand your network, and work in an environment where you have the possibility to make mistakes but learn from them.

5. What are your favorite activities outside of work?

I enjoy making plans with friends, as I love gatherings and engaging in long talks. Additionally, I value spending time with myself, particularly through activities like coloring and working on puzzles.


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