Homeport Employee Profile: Julie Naporano

Title: Manager of Events

Responsibilities: Julie cultivates fundraising, meeting with donors and planning programs and events that raise awareness of Homeport’s mission and impact. This past year Julie was in charge of the first ever “Voice & Vision” fund-raiser. Over 500 people attended the program at St. Charles Preparatory School that featured special recognition of Homeport Vice President Maude Hill for her 25 years of service to the organization. 

A member of Homeport’s staff since the fall of 2014, Julie has over a decade of experience in corporate fundraising, budget compilation, corporate and private event planning, strategic donor development, support coordination, and business operations. She has experience in every detail of various event forms such as conferences, signature fundraisers and campaigns, client appreciation events, theater, promotional trade-shows, business meetings, mixed media, and social events along with strategic business experience. Julie also has experience in the fields of underwriting, corporate and retail management and cost accounting. 

What do you like most about the organization?

I love people. I love to know what are their passions and why. Finding out about another person’s journey fascinates me. Homeport lives that every day. Homeport cares about each person it serves. I have witnessed colleagues spending time early mornings and after normal work hours to make sure residents and clients feel safe and in control of their future. 

There is a quote by an unknown author that reads “surround yourself with people who make you hungry for life, touch your heart, and nourish your soul.” The people who work for Homeport and the people that Homeport serves are those people.

What have you done in your career that you are most proud of, or that people may not be aware of?

For the past seven years I have worked on the Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference. It is the largest Christian Conference in the United States, with upwards of 3,000 attendees. It is a lot of work – but the satisfaction is enormous. I also work on other really cool stuff like a youth ministry camp in Ohio. Other community involvements include the BIA Parade of Homes and the Run the Race Foundation. I enjoy helping those far away as well, supporting initiatives to bring water to remote areas of Kenya. I am exploring the potential of going to Haiti to help construct a school.

So what is a fun fact about me? Few people know that I was born and raised on a dairy farm in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Oddly enough, I am lactose intolerant. 

As far as favorite things I do outside of work, I would travel to all places and try most foods if I could. I love to attend sporting events, art shows, farmers markets, and trying out the newest restaurants in town. I keep busy through my volunteer work and spending time with my husband, daughters, and our Maltese and Toy poodle puppy, Suzie.