Luisa Leon’s undeniable dedication and passion have been vital to building and growing the azpro’s project coordination team. Learn more about what fictional character she most relates to and what she considers her best achievement to date.
What college did you graduate from? Major?
I went to ASU to study business and mandarin Chinese. Unfortunately, I lost my presidential scholarship and started working before graduating.
Where did you grow up?
Mexico through my childhood, and Arizona since 2001
What are some challenges you face in your role at azpro?
Project Coordination depends on everyone else’s work and input. Something may be perfectly planned and set to go, but there’s always a kicker. Problem-solving and thinking win-win is what drives my team and I.
What do you love most about your job?
Delivering to our clients. Going through all the process and seeing the end result. Even when projects aren’t as smooth, it is our role as coordinators to make our client’s lives easier. We’re always busy. There’s always a challenge, and that keeps me motivated.
What is some of the best advice you’ve ever received? Who gave you that advice?
“Get dressed slowly if you’re in a hurry”. It probably sounds better in Spanish, but I still think it applies. My dad would always tell me that growing up. It is better to take your time when getting ready in the morning, if not, you are more likely to forget something. I see it the same way with coordination. We must stop and keep the end in mind while preparing for a project, instead of rushing and going back to fix issues.
What are some tools you use every day that are essential to your role at azpro?
Problem solving and quick decision making.
What was your first job?
My first official paid job after I left ASU was as an underwriter at an auto finance company.
What’s one of your best achievements to date?
There are some great highlights throughout my working career, but personally, my daughter is my greatest pride. She’s turning four tomorrow and I am officially in the group of parents who think their child is the smartest of them all.
Is there a fictional character you most relate to?
Donna Pinciotti from That 70’s Show.
Do you have a life motto?
“No mud, no lotus” – Thich Nhat Hanh. It’s the art of transforming suffering or difficulty into something precious. Just like the mud turns into a lotus flower.
Who would you say are your heroes?
Definitely my parents. They are my motivation and my rock. I am who I am because of them.
If you could give someone any book to read, what would that book be?
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey for adults, and The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey for the children. It’s life changing.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
It was My Chemical Romance during my early High School Years. My now fiancé took me and it was an awesome experience.
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