Alexandria Contes Celebrating Women in Project Management

Alexandria Contes Celebrating Women in Project Management

Alexandria Contes

CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES

Location: Chicago, USA

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Bio:

I drive positive customer experiences with products and services in IT, Digital, Finance and Healthcare. My capabilities include agile development, implementation, delivery and support of local and enterprise-level solutions.

The key to my success as a project manager, team lead and business analyst is the ability to effectively leverage a combination of business, technical and soft skills needed to provide and communicate end-to-end solutions across multiple product teams to global clients and stakeholders.

Personally, I enjoy volunteering at work and in my community. It allows me to get involved, share my knowledge, and also learn something new! I lovingly admit to being a perpetual lifetime student and love networking with friends and colleagues.

What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:

the diversity and challenges

The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:

(1) communication, (2) continually re-evaluate the plan at regular intervals, realigning when and where needed, (3) always follow through!

I build and nurture my professional network by:

reaching out to others, sharing experiences, being genuine, following through, and honoring your commitments.

At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:

the importance of not only making a plan but clearly defining how to work the plan.

Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:

Julie Contes-Kalustian
Sue Lawler
Karen Burboulas
Antoinette Gawin
Marie Cole
Sue Dotson
Krystianne Avedian
Priya Patra

The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:

Be confident, believe in myself, and trust my instincts. I was always my own worst critic. I found I’m at my best when I leverage my strengths and strategize how to overcome my weakness.

My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:

Project management is not just checking off boxes on a checklist. You working with people. This means you not only need to know your business but must also possess the soft skills necessary to navigate across several teams and stakeholders.
My best advice is to hope for the best, plan for the worst, and always stay diligent!

GET INVOLVED

Hello amazing women of the project management world!

My observation after two decades of working in the project management industry is that our voices as women are simply not heard enough online in articles, podcasts, and across social media channels. Let’s change that!

  1. If you’re a woman working in project management, I want to hear from you! Submit your profile today to make sure to be included in this years event which has already begun.
  2. Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to be inspired by daily posts as we celebrate all of these wonderful women in project management! Feel motivated by their stories, achievements and perspectives.
  3. Tell us how you feel and support other women by including #CelebratingWomenInProjectManagement in your social media posts.
  4. Join our FREE exclusive Celebrating Women in Project Management Facebook group – a new space for women in project management to come together and discuss ideas, give advice, provide support, and network with women from all over the globe.

 

 

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