Employee Spotlight – Priscilla Abreu

This month, the spotlight is on Priscilla Abreu. Priscilla is a Strategic Project Consultant at CU Engage, where she is responsible for coordinating and successfully completing digital projects by setting and managing deadlines, maintaining schedules, assigning responsibilities, managing risk, monitoring status, and reporting while in close collaboration with clients, vendors, and stakeholders at all levels across a company. She leads the project’s requirements gathering sessions through vendor evaluations, reference visits, and final vendor selection while brokering pricing and contract negotiations. While she has a lot on her plate, Priscilla enjoys her job because “CU Engage provides a great level of autonomy while still supporting employees in every way possible.” Priscilla Headshot

Before starting with CU Engage about a year ago, Priscilla worked in the industry for 15 years and brings experience in portfolio, project, and vendor management, virtual banking, lending, and loss prevention.  She holds a Bachelor’s in Business from the University of South Florida and an MBA from the University of Tampa.

When not helping credit unions with their strategic projects, Pricilla enjoys spending time with her family and running. While she would like to live in the Northeast someday, she doesn’t like the cold, so she calls Tampa, FL “home”, and her favorite thing about Tampa is the Tampa Riverwalk because it provides a scenic running path and is also a good place for relaxing and people watching.

Priscilla came to work at CU Engage when a good friend of hers told her about an opportunity to become part of an amazing team. Now, we’re encouraging you, as a good friend, to read on and learn more about Priscilla!

 

Q & A with Priscilla

Q: What inspires you?                                                                                                                                    A: People who are enthusiastic about life or what they do.

Q: What book did you read last?                                                                                                                A: Daring Greatly by Breené Brown

Q: If you were the newest crayon in the box, what color would you be and why?                            A: Metallic Charcoal Gray – dark enough not to call too much attention but still shiny in the right light.

Q: What celebrity do people think you look like?                                                                                  A: Eva Mendes – When the move “Hitched” came out random people would come up to me and tell me they saw me in a movie. A compliment I will gladly take although, I don’t see the resemblance.

Q: Best vacation you’ve taken?                                                                                                                  A: My 2019 trip to Japan and the Philippines.

Q: What is on your bucket list?                                                                                                                 A: Visit Thailand.

Q: Do you have a motto or a mantra? What is it?                                                                                A: Always strive to be better.

Q: Best advice you’ve ever been given?                                                                                                  A: Don’t be so focused on the future that you forget to enjoy/celebrate today – I remind myself of this on a regular basis.

Q: What is your favorite holiday?                                                                                                             A: Thanksgiving because it’s simply family, friends, and good food.

Q: What is your personal brand statement?                                                                                           A: Helping financial organizations strategically elect solutions that elevate the digital banking experience.

Q: Are you messy or organized?                                                                                                                A: Organized.

Q: What is your spirit animal?                                                                                                                    A: Lion – I demonstrate strength, courage, and assertiveness; I am a good leader but sometimes tend to dominate situations.

Q: When you have 30 minutes of free time, what are you doing?                                                      A: I reach out to loved ones.

Q: What does true leadership mean to you?                                                                                          A: True leadership to me is someone who leads with a desire to better serve others while balancing the need of the organization – A servant leader. Most people perform better, increase collaboration, and become more engaged when they feel empowered and supported.

Q: What are your pet peeves?                                                                                                                    A: Slow drivers.

Q: Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?                                                                                                      A: Sea Urchin.

Q: Is the glass half empty or half full?                                                                                                      A: Half Empty.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?                                                                                                               A: A Publix sub.

Q: What chore do you hate?                                                                                                                      A: Washing dishes.

Q: What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child?                                                                    A: I didn’t really play with toys much and I didn’t have a favorite outfit, I just wouldn’t wear anything pink.

Q: What is your definition of success?                                                                                                     A: Success is overall happiness with life; being surrounded by a great support system, loving your job, and enjoying and being satisfied with your current chapter in life.