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May 02, 2017 by
If you’re not completely sure of exactly what a Project Manager does, we invite you to check out the best. job description. ever. in Sarah Maltas’ “MTC Masterminds” profile. Once you’re familiar with the demands of the job, get ready for a big WTF moment when you learn how much she’s got going on outside the office. We’re both pleased and amazed that she found enough free time in her schedule to participate in our Q&A session. Read on…and discover why a slice is both a good thing and a bad thing, in Sargoland…
Q: There’s a saying, “Even the longest journey begins with one step.” Extending the metaphor to your professional journey, what job was your first step?
A: I’m dating myself with this one…My first “real” job was at Blockbuster Video. Five free movies a week was a great perk at that time! And yes, they still had VHS tapes. I could barely reach the top rack of movies and…I also met my husband there. True story, bruh.
Q: This one’s kind of gross, but…If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, OR…if you had to eat five pounds of one food…what would it be?
A: Pizza. Definitely pizza. (“SLICE” = GOOD)
Q: Simple question, honest answer, please. When not at work, you’ll likely find me…
A: On the golf course, of course! (“SLICE” = BAD)
Q: Your job demands a lot of consistency – knowing what each client’s preferences are and applying them every time. So turning to the personal side, the question becomes, when was the last time you tried something new?
A: It’s a personal goal of mine to try new things as often as possible. The following are the most recent new things I’ve tried:
Food: Alkaline water. According to Kwahi Lenard of the San Antonio Spurs, it’s the best thing you can drink to increase your performance on and off the court. I don’t play basketball (oh yes I did) anymore but my husband does, so I snuck a sip of his. For the record, it tastes just like regular water…but TBD on whether it’s having a beneficial impact on his game. And just to be 100% clear: I like the Spurs… but I LOVE the Wizards! (NOTE: The Wizards were still in the playoffs as of this writing. We’ll be monitoring Emily’s reactions as her team progresses – or doesn’t.)
Place: Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar at National Harbor. Amazing place if you like music and singing along to Bohemian Rhapsody. Terrible place if you don’t know American music, hate fun and abhor revelry.
Q: Okay, it’s fantasy time, so cut your imagination loose and answer this one just for fun: If you could have dinner with anyone – past, present or future, real or fictional – who would it be?
A: Right now? I would have to say Elizabeth Warren. She’s my freaking hero.
Q: We’re all well aware of – and totally in awe of – the multitude of talents you bring to the job. But what DON’T we know? What are your hidden talents?
A: I don’t know if they’re what you’re looking for but two come to mind immediately: I can occasionally drive a golf ball 200 yards…and I can sing karaoke in five different languages. But so far, I’ve never had to do both at the same time.
Q: And the last question (for now) is…When people ask you what you do, how do you respond?
A: I tell them I herd cats. And also, I get shit done. Then I tell them how the two are related.
As busy as she is, Emily’s ready to pull together the rest of our fantastically talented MTC team and get it done for you.