On this edition of #TribeSpotlight, we sat down with Macarena (better known as Maca) Zubiria, Project Manager for Learning Tribes in Miami, FL.
Describe your role at Learning Tribes.
I’m a Project Manager, and as a PM you maintain the relationship with the client. You keep them informed on their project’s progress and milestones. You control the budget and resources, and basically, make sure that everyone is doing what they’re supposed to be doing. It’s a controller and facilitator kind of role.
What’s your favorite thing about Learning Tribes?
What I like the most is the diversity in both projects and the clients we have. You could be working on a project for a healthcare company, and the next day you’re being sent to the Dominican Republic to work on a project for a resort brand.
What are three things you can’t work without?
I need my mouse. I can’t do the touchpad thing. I also like the feeling of having support around you. I like being able to go and talk to my neighbor for a few minutes when I need a mental break and then go back to my work refreshed.
What’s your work background?
Prior to Learning Tribes, I worked for a university as the Director of Academic Administration. I was responsible for running the Executive MBA programs. We had classes all over the world and our students were all C-level executives from Latin America and Spain.
Where did you grow up?
I am from Seville, Spain. I lived there as a child and then I moved to Milan, Italy, for seven years. Then I came to the U.S. as a teenager. I’m a dual citizen, and I speak Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you “grew up?”
I always wanted to work for a company that had a global presence and an international feel to it. I always knew I was good at organization, I’m very task-oriented, and I like working with different people so it makes sense that I ended up in my role at Learning Tribes.
Do you have a secret talent that no one knows about?
I teach Lagree fitness, which is a really hard workout. I’ve been doing Lagree for about six years, as a workout, and I started teaching it about a year ago. It’s amazing for your body and for your mind, at least for me!
What’s the last book you read?
I’m reading a book called Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. To understand the present, you need to understand the past. It is very interesting… I highly recommend it.