Project Management Office, Wholesale Technology
B.A., Individualized Studies Management, New Media Studies,
Asian Languages and Literature, University of Minnesota
What are your responsibilities at Wells Fargo?
I work within the Project Management Office within Wholesale Technology on the Support and Operational Services team. A senior-level project manager is my mentor, and I am on a "fast-track" training program to become a project manager within this group. I am responsible for ensuring that projects comply with Wells Fargo’s Wholesale Project Management Methodology, a thorough and specific methodology that is used throughout the Project Management Office.
Why did you choose to work at Wells Fargo?
The decision was easy for me because of the Leadership Pipeline Program. I interned with Wells Fargo for a summer and was exposed to the tremendous opportunity at the company. The program gave me the chance to meet with many different groups and gain a better understanding of the company’s depth of work. Well Fargo’s culture and ability to grow my skills as a professional were selling points. I am proud to be a Wells Fargo team member.
Why is Wells Fargo a good place to start your career?
Wells Fargo values team members at every level. Being a college graduate and entering the workforce with professionals who have vast experience is daunting. I was nervous about adapting to the culture and learning what impact I could make on such a large company. It has been so clear that development and growth is important to Wells Fargo. I have experienced that first-hand through the training I am receiving and the overwhelming support from my team.
What do you think makes someone successful at Wells Fargo?
A successful team member at Wells Fargo is someone whose values align with the company's culture. Our company focuses on providing the best service and products for our customers. Our efforts are in place to maintain our coveted reputation with our customers and to enhance it. A hard-working team member is one who keeps that goal in perspective will be successful.
What skills are crucial in your job?
Communication is crucial. I work with a team of people from very different groups, serving different efforts for each part of a project. Having an open platform for communication, where everyone can align thoughts and objectives, is crucial to a project’s success. Additionally, time management is crucial. Sticking to a project timeline is extremely important because there is a domino-like effect of consequences if you fall behind.
What do you love about your job?
I love that I can see the effects of my work. In such a large organization, I am aware of my role in the greater picture, which gives me a great sense of pride in my work. I feel driven and motivated to do my best, knowing that my effort is valued. It’s a great feeling to understand your purpose and believe you contribute to the success of a company.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging part of my job is jumping into a project that has already begun and getting up to speed with the rest of team. To be successful, it’s important to familiarize myself with the project background so I can prevent any overlap and mistakes that could affect the critical path and timeline. That has been a learning curve. Yet because of the support and patience of my mentor and team, I feel comfortable even with this challenge.
What is the best thing about living and working in your city?
I went to school in Minneapolis and have always loved the hustle and bustle of the downtown scene. The sense of urgency and the overwhelming smell of coffee 24/7 are appealing. Wells Fargo has a huge presence in Minneapolis, so it makes me proud to know that I work for one of the top companies in the city. The snow is very prominent, but that’s why we have our vast skyway system.
What would you do if you weren't working at Wells Fargo?
I would be pursuing an M.B.A. Graduate school is important, especially with the heightened level of competition in the workforce.
What do you like to do when you aren’t at work?
My family grew up on tennis, so I play as often as I can. I also love to be busy, so I am constantly out of the house, meeting friends, running errands, or hunting down all the materials for my latest do-it-yourself (DIY) Pinterest project. I like to be on the move.