Anar Umurzakova Celebrating Women in Project Management

Anar Umurzakova Celebrating Women in Project Management

Anar Umurzakova


Location: Washington DC, USA

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Mrs. Anar Umurzakova, Director and a Trainer at GOPM startup consultancy firm in Greater Washington Area, with over 11 years of professional PM experience in various organizations such as Accenture, the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and GOPM consultancy. Presidential Scholar of the Republic of Kazakhstan, who graduated with MS in PM from The George Washington University, PMP and PRINCE2 Practitioner. Currently, she focuses on helping executives and PMs create winning harmonious teams and increase productivity through improving morale. This year she also launched a non profit project Open School of Business, podcast dedicated to your success by delivering insightful conversations with business experts and entrepreneurs.

See Anar’s 2019 Celebrating Women in Project Management profile.

What is your project management super power?

People skills. I love people, so it’s natural for me to bring the best out of them.

How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?

Longer paid parental leave and more comprehensive support programs for new parents and caretakers (cases, when people need to take care of their elderly or sick relatives and parents.

As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?

People and leadership skills.

How do you recover from difficult situations?

I let myself be mindful of what is going on and I try to look at the situation from many different angles and perspectives. It’s like when you close your eyes with hands, it’s hard to see but if you take your hands a little further away, you see much better. Same applies to difficult situations, when we are caught up in them, it seems like they are very difficult. However, when we accept that this is only a fraction of what is going on, you realize that it’s not all that difficult.

What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?

Exercise deep listening. Hear what all the sides of the conflict have to say, express, hint, etc. Then try to put yourself in their shoes. Practice empathy. Remember, everyone is human, everyone faces challenges and simply wants to be happy.

Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?

I love working with people, learning from them and inspire them to reach their true potential. Another aspect about being a project manager is solving problems and creating efficiencies. I love this creative aspect of my profession. 3 words would be: Getting Things Done.




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