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Tribe Spotlight: Esteban Diez, IT Project Manager

On this edition of #TribeSpotlight, we sat down with Esteban Diez, the IT Project Manager for Learning Tribes in Miami, FL.  

Describe your role at Learning Tribes.

I’m the IT Project Manager. My role is three-fold: first, I’m the technical and IT point of contact for Learning Tribes Americas’ clients. Secondly, I’m an internal resource for the team’s technical or IT needs when it comes to projects. Thirdly, I’m the support for our product, Triboo, so any tickets, bugs, or issues go through me and I either resolve them myself or facilitate the solution.

What’s your favorite thing about Learning Tribes?

My favorite thing is that no two days are the same. You don’t, at least in IT, get caught up in monotony. Things stay interesting… and I like that.

What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?

The coolest thing is the Customer Success Center. It’s a website we’re building as a central hub for all documentation, all questions, and anything related to Triboo. It’s for our clients – internal and external. A one-stop shop for FAQs, Wikis, articles, etc.

What are three things you can’t work without?

  1. Good organization.
  2. Efficient use of time.
  3. Snacks (I left the most important for last).

As a kid, what did you want to be when you “grew up?”

I would’ve been a musician, and it could’ve been any kind of musician. My teenage self would’ve said “rock and roller,” or a classical music conductor. I play everything: guitar, bass, drums, piano, and more.

Esteban playing electric guitar in his band (2012)

What’s your biggest accomplishment?

Writing a book and making a documentary. About six years ago, I started writing a book on my genealogy. I’m the first generation in this country so I had to do some digging to find information. My research got the attention of a journalist who told me I needed to tell my story. At first, I was reluctant, but I eventually agreed to it. The journalist created a documentary, which premiered at the Coconut Grove Cinepolis. I was also interviewed by a few national Latin American television stations. It was cool, but the best part was getting to know my grandparents and my family better throughout the process. 

Esteban and his great-grandaunt during the filming of his documentary in Cuba (2016)

What’s a secret talent that no one knows about?

I have studied French and Russian. With French, I understand what people are saying and I can read it almost perfectly – I just have an accent when I speak it.

What’s the last book you read?

La Dame Aux Camelias. It’s “the lady of the camellias,” which is a type of flower. I read it in English years ago and then I decided to read it in French. It’s an old book, it was written in the 1800s. I like it because I think people expressed themselves a lot better back then. It’s really well written.

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