Anar Umurzakova Celebrating Women in Project Management

Anar Umurzakova Celebrating Women in Project Management

Anar Umurzakova


Location: Washington DC, USA


Mrs. Anar Umurzakova, leadership coach at GOPM startup consultancy firm in Greater Washington Area, with over 10 years of professional PM experience in various organizations such as 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. Loves coaching bright individuals on career development and executives on how to build harmonious winning teams.

What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:

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.

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

1. Stakeholder management
2. Leadership and initiative
3. Problem solving and planning

I build and nurture my professional network by:

Keeping in touch with my colleagues through face to face lunch meetings and media platforms like LinkedIn.

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

It’s possible to learn about business by starting your own business right away. I took a longer route which was amazing, because in addition to learning a lot, I also met lots of great people in my life.

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

Joy Riley, my former boss at the IMF. She always radiates so much optimism and wisdom. My mother, she is a natural leader and an amazing teacher.

The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:

Story about filling a jar with big items first and then fill in with sand later. It’s a lesson about priorities in life. Always value your health, spiritual values and family over business, profits and success.

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

Always seek cooperation, think from the viewpoint of people’s interests. People will always cooperate when there is a win win situation. Aim to create win win deals. However, if it’s not possible, trust your gut and just do what you need to do.


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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