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Like many, Joann Waki Muna became interested in HR by accident. During college, she worked as an administrative assistant with the Guam Department of Labor, where she first came into contact with HR.
After graduation, she landed a position as an employee development specialist. She loved the job and set a goal of running an HR department herself one day, which she has now accomplished.
For more than 10 years, she has volunteered with SHRM Guam, the local chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), serving in several positions, including chapter president. Currently, she is state director of SHRM’s Pacific Council, overseeing Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. She also supports SHRM’s student chapter in Guam and is involved with the Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
She hopes to continue giving back to HR professionals on the island for as long as possible. “I love my island of Guam, and I love HR,” she says.
What’s your work philosophy?
To do the best I can and help others along the way. I believe that if I train them well and treat them right, they will succeed.
What motivates you?
My mother and my mother-in-law are two of my biggest motivators when it comes to giving back to the community. My mother opens her home to families in need, and my mother-in-law serves in leadership roles at her church and the local hospital. Because of these two very generous women in my life, I make time to give back by volunteering. My husband and daughters motivate me to be the best I can be.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Volunteer and pay it forward. Good things come to those who give.
What special interests do you have outside of HR?
Running is my stress-release time. I run every chance I get. I do 5Ks and occasional 10Ks on the weekends. Running is a bit like HR: You have to set a goal, put a plan together, train … and then execute.
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