Friend of the Week: Julianne Manske

Julianne Manske


/j-oo-LEE-ann/ m-AE-nsk/

1. Communications maven.

2. Kalamazoo Native. Current Chicagoan.

3. Lover of life and podcasts. 

4. Probably has more air miles than you (and a bigger obsession with Starwood points).

How do we know each other?

Our mutually beloved friend, Jessica Shambora, wanted us to meet because she knew we’d get along. She was right, which resulted in us having a blast together at Jess' wedding festivities!

Where are you from?

Born and raised in Kalamazoo, MI (where the town slogan was, “Yes, there really is a Kalamazoo”).

what are your nicknames?

Jules, Julie Boolie, Boolie Annie, Ja Rule, Buxom Chick

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What's a day in the life of Julianne Manske like?

When I’m traveling, it consists of early morning diet pepsi-and-Potbelly-sandwich-fueled flights, days leading communication and leadership skills trainings and workshops, and nights spent at Starwood hotels. 

Otherwise, it’s morning walks to the lakefront, connecting with customers and coworkers on calls and hangouts from my home office, and cooking Blue Apron meals with my favorite guy while our dog begs for table scraps.

What's your greatest attribute?

My ability to connect with people by finding the fun in most situations.

Favorite thing about living in the Chicago?  

This time of year! There’s nothing like the energy of the city when it starts to get warm and everyone is outside enjoying the weather and each other’s company. And no city does street festivals like Chicago does. 

One kind of food and drink for the rest of your life. Go!

Tacos and margaritas. All day, every day. (Sushi and white wine are close runners-up)

What's your most embarrassing moment?

During my cousin’s Colorado wedding weekend in 2003, I turned down an invite to go out with the cousin crew the night after our bachelorette party outing. While sitting at home solo, I got a text from an unknown number asking what I was up to. I had given my number to a guy the night before, so I figured it was him and we texted back and forth until he invited me to meet him out. Not wanting to miss out on the chance for a long distance love connection, I got ready and showed up at the bar he suggested. When I got there, he continued to text, but I couldn’t find him…and then I heard a table of people hysterically laughing. It was my cousins, one of whom had been texting me all along. Since then, the guy who they were pretending to be, affectionately named Biff, has become a staple of family reunion conversations. I was soooo embarrassed at the time, but now I finally think that the joke is funny. Kind of. ;) 

What's something that most people don't know about you?

I'm considered friendly and outgoing by most people, but everyday interactions - like calling customer service or saying hi to my doorman - can plague me with social anxiety.

What's your signature style?

Sundresses and wedges. I would be happy to live the rest of my days without putting on another pair of jeans.

Funniest moment with me that you can remember?

Crying laughing with you on the deck of Jessica’s bachelorette party house while recalling the weekend’s best jokes during Cards Against Humanity. You have one of my very favorite friendship qualities — your ability to instantly create connection by establishing (very funny) inside jokes. It’s the quickest way to my heart, and I'm confident your countless other friends would agree with me about your skillz. (#life, #notonmybus)  

First bucket list item that comes to mind?

Put something that I create out into the world. (And visit Florence and Greece…which just might spark the aforementioned creative endeavor!)

Life Motto:

This is timely because my mom, sister, and I have had several conversations during the past week about the meaning of life and what we’re doing here. We agree that having a good life all boils down to people. 

So current motto? Surround yourself with as many great people as you can, spend as much time with them as you can, and be as good to them as you can. 

follow julianne on all of her fun adventures at @juliannemanske