Diversity in project management
Why don’t more business leaders see women in the prime of their lives as an opportunity?
That’s the question asked by project management influencer Emily Luijbregts.
Emily believes a lack of diversity is one of the primary reasons major projects fail – but she says not enough people are talking about it.
In this chat with Elise Stevens, Emily points out women are still being asked about family planning in job interviews and are often not given the support they need to stay in the workforce into their 30s and 40s.
When she’s working with a project team, she sees a lack of diversity as an immediate red flag, but she notes many project leaders don’t even consider the gender and ethnic balance in their project teams.
As Elise Stevens points out, too many project management teams are overwhelmingly pale and male, with a lack of gender, race and cultural diversity.
In this podcast, Elise and Emily discuss why diversity is so important in project management and how women can support each other to career success.
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Emily Luijbregts has been working in project management for more than 12 years. She is currently a project manager for Siemens PLM Software. Based in the UK, Emily is passionate about diversity in project management and has experience with virtual, global teams. Emily is also an avid coach and trainer, helping to develop the next generation of project professionals. She is a regular “Ask the Expert” and Knowledge SME at PMI Global Conferences.